Rochefort 8


 

You’ll notice the smooth texture immediately.  The bubbles are fine, like a really good champaigne, so the carbonation moves out of the way and you can fully taste the goodness.  It’s strongly fruity, but in a deep, slowly stewed sort of way.  I could not immediately identify it.  Think stewed peaches or perhaps raisins.

The head on the glass in the picture has already started to melt.  The glasses I had earlier were a bit fresher from the bar.  What can I say, it was delicious.  It was not until the third glass that I snapped this one.

  1. From Wikipedia, a bit of information about the brewery:

“The brewery is located inside the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, near the town of Rochefort, and has been brewing beer since 1595. There are approximately 15 monks resident at the monastery. The monks are very secretive about the brewing process and the brewery is not open to the public, therefore much of the information publicly known about the brewery comes from only a few sources.

Like many strong Belgian beers, those produced at Rochefort age well and can be cellared for at least five years whilst maintaining quality. Each of these beers is brewed to the same recipe, with the only difference being the alcoholic content.[1] The water for the beers is drawn from a well located inside the monastery walls.”

If you get the chance, taste one of these trappist beers.  If you’re not normally a beer drinker, this one will change your mind.