I have previously had (and reviewed) both the 6 and the 8, but the 10 is supposed to be the cream of the crop, so I can’t wait to get this in a glass and see if it lives up to the hype.
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.
Let’s do this!!!
This brew comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 11.3%.
The Rochefort 10 poured a very hazy, murky, dark brown to burgundy color. An off white head was poured to a decent size, but it was very fizzy and “soda like”. The retention time was minimal and the lacing was not all that great, although it did leave behind some significant alcohol feet on the sides of the glass.
The nose was outstanding!!! Deep, dark fruits of grape, figs, plums and prunes. It, literally, smelled like plum pudding. Very bready and very yeasty too. Hints of a baked, doughy pie crust along with spices of clove and a slight tone of apple butter. Maybe a little bit of rum in there too. The alcohol note was well balanced and never got in the way. This nose is extremely harmonious, robust and complex. Wow!!!
The taste seemed to bring out a lot more spice than did the 6 or the 8. Very “clove like” with a heavy jolt of alcohol at first. Once it settled, the dark fruits started to explode. Tons of dates, prunes, raisins (grapes) and plums. You name it…. it’s in there. It was very sweet, although the richness was counterbalanced by copious amounts of breadiness and yeast . I even started to receive a slight bit of caramel sugar. The bitterness seemed subdued, but enough was there to give the tongue an slight tickle. This taste is “world class” in my opinion. Rich and bold.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation. It was smooth, chewy and suitably dry. It completely inundated the palate with flavor. A welcomed warmth and only a very light, easy going burn was noticed from the alcohol. Very nice I must say.
Man. This is a great little beer. Now, I love the 8, but the 10, for me, gets the slight nod as being better. The appearance may not have been the best that I’ve ever seen, however the aroma and the taste more than make up for any lack of the other characteristics. I can definitely see why so many people rave about this beer. It is superb. I would love to find a bottle of Westy 12 and compare the two. I’m sure you couldn’t go wrong with either one. This is a sipper, so the drinkability is not the greatest, but there is no need to rush through this thing. Let it sit and develop because it only gets better and more complex as you go along. If you have yet to try this brew. I would highly recommend it. I don’t think that you will be disappointed if you favor the Belgian style of beers. Be sure to let me know what you thought of it if you have sampled it.
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Score: 4.65 out of 5