Well, gorgonzola, actually, but I liked the wordplay.
Trappistes Rochefort 10 is one of those beers I've had before and will certainly have again. Its been about three years since my last bottle; so this is long overdue. Its the strongest of three produced at L'abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy in Rochefort. Held in high regard (and rightly so) its fairly widely distributed in the UK; do go get yourself some if you've not had it!
It pours dark chestnut with a luscious, mocha foam. Fantastically
complex nose, plums, stewed apples, molasses, toffee and vanilla. Mouth
coating, sweet crystal malt at first, followed by a big boozy note,
touch of buttered popcorn, increased vinous fruit towards the end, a
touch of noble hop and more vanilla.
|Resplendent in its chalice|
It slips down far too easily.
Gorgonzola is an Italian semi-soft salty blue cheese, often using the same peniciliium roqueforti bacteria for its blue streak as the eponymous French cheese. Its salty and sharp and an acquired taste. Certainly I had to first overcome my dislike for Stilton before Gorgonzola and Roquefort even got a look in. Looking back I can't even see what my issue with it was!
|Gorgonzola (left) and Mature Cheddar|
The beer also works well with mature cheddar, the older the better and of course if you can get hold of something unpasteurised like Keen's you're on to a winner.