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Aug 28, 2006 06:13 PM

Best of the Trappist Beers

Which of the six do you think is the best?

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  1. If I had to pick one, I'd go with Orval. Second would be Rochefort 6.

    1. Rochefort 10 as meal substitute (albeit a dangerous one) and Chimay Blue

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      1. re: olia

        The Chimay Grand Reserve may be one of the best, if not the best. However, choosing beer, trappist or otherwise, is very subjective. Let's face it, some people still drink Bud.

        1. re: esg101

          "Which of the six do YOU THINK is the best?"
          the "and why" is of interest, I think. Of course it's subjective!

          1. re: kenito799

            I like the Chimay Grand Reserve best, and you are right it is subjective, it is in the taster of the beholder, so to speak. Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, ME makes a very decent trappist like brew. Check it out at this site:


            1. re: esg101

              Allagash makes a very nice trappist beer. I had it on tap in Maine, and I have to say, it was great.

              1. re: esg101

                Allagash makes Belgian style ales but not one of the trappist breweries.

                1. re: esg101

                  You cant just "make" a trappist beer. Its not a style. It implies the origin - meaning it comes from a trappist brewery. That being said...allagash is one of my fav breweries. Rob Tod is the man!

            2. re: esg101

              Trying my first Chimay Grande Reserve right now. Excellent. Bud lite and coors lite are definitely better Texas summer beers. Too hot to drink good beer.

            3. re: olia

              Those are two of my favs right there. Sure all know but drink the 750's of Chimay Blue at around the 5 year age point, oh my.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Great to hear they age so well... are there any particular conditions that are best for them? About like storing wine or??

                1. re: TombstoneShadow

                  Nope, keep the cork upright unlike wine, l just stand them in the original carton. Buy now, drink later.
                  Just drank one that was 6 months old, nothing like when age on it.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    10 years ago or so, they were all aged - no one knew what they were - nor was anyone willing to pay $9 for a bottle of beer - and they would sit on my local beer store's shelves until I gave them a good home.

                    1. re: LStaff

                      Still have magnums from the mid nineties in the 750 bottle style not the champagne style.

            4. 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.

              1. 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.

                1. I vote for Rochefort 10. The complexity is astounding.

                  The more forward brettanomyces character of Orval is somewhat of an acquired taste...but goes well with blue cheese & crusty french bread.

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                  1. re: liegey

                    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!)

                    1. re: kenito799

                      Correction, I looked at my receipt and Achel 8 Brown was $3.99 at Ameican Thrifty, Brooklyn.