Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trappistes Rochefort 10

Trappistes Rochefort 10

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy)

Quadrupel (Quad)

11.3% ABV

Commercial Description:
The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.

General Pricing:
11.2oz 330ml bottle, ~$6.50 each

The gang at work contracted State Line Liquors to put together a basket of cheer for me when I was home with a nasty case of the Shingles. Robert Murray at SLL did a great job in personally selecting beers for me. The next several reviews will be from this gift basket.

The  bier pours a dark brown completely opaque with a modest off white to tan head.

The nose is rich with dark roasted malt aromas with notes off toffee and dark fruits. There is also an underlining sweetness that may be from the alcohol.

We are starting out at 51 degrees.

Ahhh what a fantastic first sip. I forgot how good this was.

The experience starts out with a touch of malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a rich but smooth mouthfeel as this wonderful ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The richness catches up with you at the top of the swallow with a noticeable hesitation. The finish is fantastic with rich dark malts with notes off toffee, chocolate, dark fruit and sweet alcohol. The final aftertaste is of lingering dark roasted malts.

The dark roasted malt flavors are really exceptional. They are smooth and rich with a caramel and toffee backbone not burnt like a stout.

I’m sinking lower in my char with each exquisite sip; what a soothing experience.

The complexity is astounding; I’m picking up subtle differences with each sip as this nectar warms and opens up.

We are only at 57 degrees and this experience is getting to be down right amazing. The smooth rich malts and the sweet warming alcohol are producing the most comforting experience.

I have let this warm up to room temperature.

Wow, it’s still smooth but richer with a more intense alcohol finish.

I’m savoring every small sip at this point. What an exceptional bier.

These last few sips were at 70 degrees and just exquisite.

A+ | The Trappist monks in the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy in Rochefort Belgium have created a heavenly masterpiece in this exquisite Abbey Style Quadrupel with its rich dark malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruit that melds into a silky smooth mouthfeel and concludes in a soul warming contemplative finish that leaves feeling comforted by angles.  

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