Those CRAZY Trappists!

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OK…so these are Buddhist Monks, but the question is what kind of MONK-Y business do the Trappists get into? Think about a bunch of guys, all they do is brew beer and yeah pray some, I’m sure they need to sample their brew…I’m just saying I bet the Nun’s convent down the road has had more than one panty raid!

Oh no…Its bottling season.  Ladies lock your habit lockers! The boys from Rochefort are bound to be by soon.  You get the point.  Ok enough Blasphemy.  But the Trappist Rochefort 10 I had last night at 11.3% ABV could put you in the mood to be mischievous…

TrappistIt does pack a little bit of a wallop, but at $6+ tax for 11.2 ounces of the stuff you would have to dig pretty deep into the wallet to actually get your drunk on with this brew!  That said the high alcohol content added a layer of complexity to the flavor that was appreciated!

It poured a cloudy chocolate brown with a huge tan head.  Not a lot of lacing, but some.  Its nose was sweet with malt with a tinge of alcohol.  My first sip was actually quite surprising, it wasn’t as awesome as I remember the 8 being.  Never daunted by a sip that was mostly foam I took my glass and went to watch the Bears beat up on Altanta.  Oh…that didn’t happen either. Ok so back to the beer, its flavor is complex, but almost complex for complexity sake.  The flavors didn’t come together in the symphony that I was anticipating, but more like before the show as they are tuning up.

It hits the palate sweet almost like the malt bomb I reviewed last week, but then the hops answer the call to keep it from getting too sweet, then a dry alcohol finish with a touch of coffee flavor.  While I can appreciate the complexity it was almost like the flavors were compartmentalized and it never came together like you would like a great complex brew to do.

I liked the 10, but I remember the 8 being every bit as complex, but coming together in a very special way that left you saying that is a GREAT beer.  This was good, but left me wanting something more.  As Bruce Springstein has always said…NEVER leave them wanting more!  At the end of the day you want everyone to feel like they got all they paid for and more…not the case here.

-Don

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9 Comments on “Those CRAZY Trappists!”

  1. October 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Pretty good review Don! Unfortunately, I haven’t tried any of the Rochefort beers yet, but I do see them all over the place. Its interesting to hear how the flavors are kind of stacked up, waiting for the ‘GO’ signal. I’m sure its intentional, those nutty guys! I think that when I do give one a try, I’ll start with the 8 instead of the 10.

    • Don
      October 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

      I would recommend it. The 6 doesn’t have the complexity, and the 10 I think they brewed just because they wanted to have a party! The 8 is exquisite! Start there.

  2. October 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    I liked your review especially the picture at the top, it made me crack up. You basically have three different styles of beer with the 6, 8, 10. I haven’t had the ten in a long time (the quad) but probably will when I do the Beer Brawl in Nov for quads. The 8, my favorite, is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale which is as you described an amped up version of the 6, a Belgian Dark Ale.

    All in all if you haven’t tried these beers, your missing out.

    • Don
      October 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

      I’ve now tried them all, and they all have their own individual appeal. They are all good, but I guess I was expecting(or had built up in my mind) something even better than the 8 from the 10. I guess just knowing the 8 was better than the 6, I logically assumed the 10 would be the best. It wasn’t. The 8 was by far the best of the three.

  3. nostawetan
    October 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Mike here. 8 is my favorite of the three. 10 is a little gin-like to me but still good. 6 has the best fruit tones, in my opinion. Tappist ales are certainly worth trying. I’m brewing a series of 4 beers right now using the same Trappist yeast. It is simply a unique, earthy, and very strong yeast strain. Rochefort 8 is among the best Trappist beers (in my opinion. Not to steal any thunder, but here is a link to all three of our Rochefrot reviews. http://thankheavenforbeer.com/?s=rochefort+10&x=0&y=0 Their all three on that page link.

    • Don
      October 21, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

      Nate:

      I’ll read them with great interest. I’m still learning this world you call beer, but I am enjoying my time here! On another note, are you looking to stay local in the Ohio area with the culinary school or are you open to anywhere? There are some very good culinary schools in the Portland and Seattle areas.
      -Don

    • Don
      October 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

      Sorry Mike, Thought you were Nate! Again! Its just so confusing….

  4. October 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Ok! I’m vowing to stop being lazy about this and logging in as myself from now on.

    • Don
      October 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

      OK…So that is you Mike!, You even have your own avatar! I had no Idea!

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