Well, I stopped by the Rare Beers store in Cambridge on my way back from dinner. They had a great selection. Lots of Belgian and Trappist beers to choose from, as well as a bunch I'd never heard of before. The guy behind the counter was a beer lover and he looked happy to see me head straight for the Belgians. After looking around for a while, I picked up a bottle of "Trappistes Rochefort 10" since it was recently mentioned and I'd never had it before. It's open right now next to me.
When I brought it to the counter, the guy said "That's a serious beer. Perfect for a cold night." When I handed him my credit card (I was light on cash tonight), he pointed to the $10 minimum credit charge sign. So I said "I guess that means I'll have to buy something else!" That got a chuckle from him.
I asked him what his favorite was and he immediately pointed to the "Westmalle Tripel", another Trappist ale. I'll probably save that for tomorrow.
Now on to the Rochefort 10 tasting notes. All I have to drink from in the hotel room are the small water glasses. It pours a dark cloudy caramel color and has a creamy/frothy head that settles to a steady . Small streams of bubbles caress the sides of the glass on their way to meet the head from below. The smell? Whoah. Strong malty notes with a hint of sweetness.
The taste? Smooth and strong, but balanced. Definitely a slow sipper. I detect some subtle caramel notes, mixing with dark chocolatey overtones around a warm malty center. Enough words, though. I've got drinking to do!