Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trappistes Rochefort 6

Here is what the Brewer says:
The Abbey of St-Remy, in the southern part of Belgium, was founded in 1230, and the monks began to brew beer sometime around 1595. The beautiful small brewery in the abbey, Rochefort Trappistes, is one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world and makes full-bodied, deeply flavored dark ales. They are bottle-conditioned and among the world's most highly-respected beverages.
Reddish-brown color with amber-gold highlights; soft body leads to earthy flavors and an herbal character. Refined, soft spiciness in the bouquet finishes with a bit caramel. Bottle-conditioned for soft natural carbonation.
7.5% ABV
My Thoughts
This beer poured a reddish-dark brown color with significant off white head.  The smell was sweet like dark sugar and bready.  The smell really is pleasing.  The flavor of this Belgian strong dark ale was mildly sweet to start with a light taste of chocolate.  Mid-drink the carbonation smooths out and lets the rich flavors shine.  Hints of dark brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and dark fruits such as plums all are present.  This beer has a slight mild bitterness that plays so well with the sweeter side of this brew.  The mouthfeel of this beer was excellent.  Smooth medium body with a burst of carbonation initially on your tongue that smooths out naturally as you drink it.  Drinkability for me is very high.  In fact, this is probably one of the best Belgian style beers I've ever had.   I really look forward to drinking this beer again!

Serving Type: 11.5oz Bottle

My Rating: Overall 88.5/100
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25| drink: 4.25

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