rochefort 8

Trappistes Rochefort 8 by Brasserie de Rochefort

My wife and I and my mother-in-law are going to Belgium for a couple weeks. I’m very excited about this trip. Belgian beer isn’t usually my favorite but it’s grown on me and I enjoy cultures that are beer-centric. It’ll also be my first trip to Europe during the Winter which hopefully will be an interesting experience. To get my palette ready I decided to try a Belgian beer I hadn’t before. Trappistes Rochefort 8 is a Trappist ale in a similar vein to Chimay but perhaps a bit better. The beer pours a somewhat crimson hue that becomes more amber when put in front of a light. The flavor, in typical Trappist fashion, has a lot of wine-like characteristics. There’s a lot of stewed dark fruit with some caramel sweetness and dark bread. Of course there is the distinctive Belgian yeastiness too. Everything is balanced quite well. This beer is fairly boozy though at a little over 9 percent ABV. I’m thinking that I should have started with Rochefort 6 and made my way up to 8 and then maybe 10. But I’ll leave all that for when we’re in Belgium. This will be my last beer blog of 2015. Expect a ton more in January once I get back from Europe. So have a good Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Saturnalia, Festivus, Hogmanay and New Year’s!  

Beer of the Week 89 - 10/5/2011: Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy) Trappistes Rochefort 8

From the same Trappist brewers that make my favorite beer of all time (see Beer of the Week 5).  This Belgian Strong Dark Ale really blew me away.  Deep rich flavors of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a very pleasant grape bubblegum flavor and aroma.  BSDA’s have quickly become one of my more favorite styles.  Something about their taste and mouthfeel that really makes each one quite enjoyable.  Those monks sure do know what they’re doing!