Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

A Celebratory Rochefort

Celebrating the conclusion of my horrid--but satisfying--five days of nail pulling and plywood snapping with a Rochefort 10 brought back from California. Deep sepia color; has picked up some bottle age in the store--bottle was all moldy. Never a good thing in a Pilsner Urquell, but sometimes leads to great things with a Trappist beer. Smells and tastes of earth--almost dirty, but in a good way, with a thick, unctuous body and layers of spice and dark, dried fruit (dried figs?). Distinctly alcoholic in the nose. Really profound shot of dark chocolate too. Finish lingers and lingers. Nose is sort of like brandy mixed with chocolate and rich dusty soil. This is one of the headiest of Belgian beers. I love it.


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