Trappistes 8 by Brasserie de Rochefort
Trappist Brown Ale, 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Rochefort 8 has a more tawny colour and a more pronounced aroma, with an even richer fruitiness (a slight undertone of fig?) and a little more spiced dryness, which gives a balanced finish to the final notes.
The live tasting of this beer was on 9th September 2020 #BeerBods
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The Trappist Abbey of Rochefort is located in Rochefort in the province of Namur, Belgium. The abbey, also known as Our Lady of Saint-Remy is an oasis of peace on the fringes of the modern world. There is little here to distract you from a rhythm of life consisting of manual work, prayer and sleep.
The current brewery dates back to 1899 although archives indicate that brewing activity has taken place here since 1595. This brewing tradition, albeit only for the monks’ consumption, came to an abrupt end during the French Revolution. The French army occupied the region, and the abbey was plundered by the region’s inhabitants.
In 1887 the monks re-erected their religious buildings and by 1912 the monastery had officially reclaimed itself as an abbey. Although brewing from that point onwards to earn their keep, it wasn’t until the 1950s that Rochefort began to make a name for themselves in the world of beer.
With a little help from their brothers at the Scourmont Abbey (Known for producing Chimay beers), the monks of Rochefort honed the recipes that still exist to this day. The brewery produces three beers, 6, 8 and 10, with the numbers referring to the beers gravities in the obsolete (but quite practical) system of Belgian degrees. These three beers put Rochefort on the map, earning accolades far and wide and cementing Rochefort as one the worlds best Trappist breweries.
For tonight’s BeerBods Plus we have 8. Weighing in at 9.2%, this dark, Belgian strong ale pairs a rich maltiness with notes of dried fruits. Sweetness upfront is balanced with some spicy notes, high carbonation, and semi-dry finish. The warming booziness adds a layer of elegance to this already special beer.