Trappistes Rochefort 8 – The Rochefort Abbey “Special” beer
The “Special” beer
Trappistes Rochefort 8 has a dark amber to light brown color with a white head. The aromas are very complex with caramel, pecan nuts, cocoa, which develop into cherry brandy liqueurs. There is also a hint of freshness with the characteristic of wet grass. Flavors are layered with nuts, dates, prunes – almost like a taste of sweet Bavarian pastry, or a raisin kommissbrot. Although with a mild impact, this Belgium ale offers a boozy and warming mouth feel with a long finish.
Style: Strong Dark Ale
Brasserie de Rochefort is a Belgian brewery which produces three beers designated as Trappist beers. The brewery is associated with the Rochefort Abbey, which originated in the thirteenth century. Monks have been brewing beer at Rochefort since the sixteenth century, providing much of the income for the monastery. Rochefort 8 was only brewed for New Year’s Eve celebrations. However, due to the overwhelming success of this beer, the monks decided around 1960 to brew it on a regular basis. Sometimes this beer is also referred to as the “Special”.