Friday, January 14, 2011

Rochefort 10

Type: dark belgian
Origin: Rochefort, Belgium
Price: €3.50 for 12 oz

The final beer of my Europe trip from October. Sorry about being slow guys, but I did drink a lot of beer. I had this at a nice cafe in Brussels. Just in case you didn't know, Brussels is a shit-hole. The main square is nice, but just a few blocks away, it just turns dirty quickly. Luckily, the beer is always good in Brussels, and if you drink enough, you kinda forget how shitty it is. This was the first place I saw Rochefort on the menu, and since it is one of the Trappist breweries, I don't think I had a choice. The only choice I had was 6, 8, or 10. I opted for the 10 because, well, 10 is the largest number, so it must be the best right? This is a rather strange beer, being a true dark belgian. I would describe this as a mix between a brown ale and a red ale. The color is very dark red and the head is non-existent. The smell is very sweet with strong sour undertones. The taste is sour, with strong hints of figs, raisins and caramel. The way wikipedia describes it is: similar to the 6 and the 8, but with more intense flavors. There was a bit Gueuze flavor coming in, which is a popular beverage around Brussels similar to a lambic. I'm definitely glad I had it over there because I saw Whole Foods charging $8 for the same size bottle.

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