Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Trappistes Rochefort 10 (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Best before date: 9/26/22

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

AROMA: Pungent nose with strong confectionery notes of caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Simultaneously there is also a noticeable fruity presence from the yeast esters (raisin, plum and cherry, especially). Definite spicy/peppery character from the yeast phenolics. Alcohol is also present, but is clean and enhances the robustness of the nose. Hops are virtually indistinguishable with just a faint earthy/floral character (which is acceptable for the style). 11/12

APPEARANCE: Dark ruby/burgundy/brown proper hue (22-34 SRM). Slightly hazy. Large, tan foam when poured, though most of it dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Complex palette of flavors to be sure. Relatively sweet confectionery notes (caramel, vanilla, chocolate) up front likely due to the intense maltiness. As soon as it hits the apex, taste becomes fruity due to the yeast esters as well as spicy due to the yeast phenols. Alcohol is invisible until the very end at which point it imparts a noticeable warmth, but is not solventy. Aftertaste is briefly sweet, but quickly fades away cleanly. Bitterness is fairly low, but certainly offers enough balance. Attenuation seems to be rather high; sweetness is not from Belgian candi syrup rather than fermented malt sugars. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Texture is smooth and creamy. The alcohol is certainly noticeable at 11.3% ABV, but it does not impair the drinkability at all (which is quite high for such a strong brew). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A World Class beer that's probably just chilling on a shelf at your local bottle shop. Sweeter than most Trappist quads, but one of the best examples of the style. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

NOTE: See my 2012 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/07/trappistes-rochefort-10-chadz-beer.html

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