Readers’ Reserve: Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Abbye St. Remy)
Gifted by Kyle T. and poured into tulip glasses.
This legit Belgian abbey beer pours slate brown with creamy, swirling highlights and a fizzy, cola-colored head. It offers up a beautiful nose of freshly pulled caramel and taffy, wood, and cooked cherries, but there are subtle changes with each new sniff. Trappistes Rochefort 10 is sweet and dusky on the palette, with more cooked berries, some toffee, and additional warm and chewy candies. There are licorice and raisin flavors as well, along with a certain Belgian barnyard quality. The texture and flavor profile are very desert-like, but unlike an imposing desert wine or port, this brilliant and highly drinkable beer hides its huge alcohol content with grace.