Best of the Trappist Beers
- designerboy01 Aug 28, 2006 06:13 PM
Which of the six do you think is the best?
By far, Westvleteren, but good luck finding it - and if you do, consider taking out a loan for a case. Westy 12 was out of this world, yet the memory of the blonde always seems to sneak its way into my head.
Achel is pretty good, I love Orval, Chimay's are always reliable, I'm not a fan of the Rochefort beers, and I love the dubbel from La Trappe but the quad is the most popular.
The Bride & I had the good fortune to be in Belgium last September. The Westvleteren 12 was found and tried twice in a restaurant, around 5 EURO. It was stunningly fantastic. Westy 8 was good but didn't have the depth.
Rochefort 8 was The Bride's favorite overall, out of 44 beers sampled during the trip. I like Rochefort 10 a little better.
Orval was OK but not great.
I liked Maredsous 8 & 10 better... But then, that was on draft, served in ceramic mugs, and eaten at their outside courtyard.
Agree with Rochfort 10 as the best beer I have ever had, Orval interesting and great but an acquired taste.
This weekend I tried Achel Brown and found it to be the perfect expression of the style, malty, complex, but with a tart backbone that kept it refreshing. So expensive though...can't indulge too often...($7 for 11 oz!)