Deep brown color; the flavor is vigorous and complex, with firm body to support the strength. The aroma has elusive notes of fresh fruit, spice, leather, and figs. Great with full-flavored dishes like pate, duck, or wild game; shows well with strong-flavored cheeses. Also wonderful alone as an aperitif. Serve in traditional Rochefort stemmed goblet.
This classic brew pours a medium burnt-sienna color, with a substantial beige head that shows excellent retention. Yeasty, spicy aromas are front and center, with immediate wafts of caramel-drizzled baked apple, dark plum and toasted malt that mingle with an apparent vinous-like raisin note. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is flavorful and complex, as the palate offers flavors of Demerara sugar, apple pie, caramelized figs and light toffee. Medium carbonation helps to keep the rich profile from feeling too heavy or slick, while the finish boasts subtle hints of sweet wood and leather. Overall, this is a well-balanced and robust brew that's sure to age well for the next 3–5 years from bottling (refer to product label). Top 25 Beers of 2015, #10. —L.B.