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!