Beer Wednesday – Trappistes Rochefort 10
Happy Beer Wednesday! This week, I’m incredibly happy to be reviewing a crazy delicious Belgian ale, really brewed by Belgian trappist monks, at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, near Rochefort.
How awesome is that?!
Now, that aside, they happen to make some crazy good beer. While doing a little research, I found that apparently this beer, their Trappistes Rochefort 10, cellars really well, and ages up to about 3 -4 years before it starts to slip a tad. Had I known that, I would have chosen a different beer for today, and saved this one for a little bit later.
No matter, as this beer was delicious even early in it’s life.
In order to really appreciate it, I started with an extra cold glass, and poured into it while still basically frozen.
First of all, look at the head on that glass. The foam was rich and full, with nothing lacking visually. Secondarily, the nose was malty, rich, and bright, with no alcoholic smell in it.
The taste was just a little alcoholic, but I attribute that to the youth of the beer. The taste was full, malty, with just a hint of malt forward, and a strong hoppy, citrus back. There was very little, if anything, missing from this beer.
The full flavor was complimented perfectly by the weight of the beer, and the flavor was rich, despite the 11.3% ABV and the well-balanced bitterness of the beer. For a rating, I’d have to say a 5/5. This beer is was a Belgian ale is supposed to be.
I’m thrilled to have had this beer, and should I see it again, or either of their other two beers, I’ll definitely pick it up. Every Time.