Rochfort 8November 1, 2005 Rochfort, Belgium
Abbaye St. Remy
Imported by Merchant du Vin
Available: WV, SC, AL, AR, MS
The Abbey of St. Remy was founded in 1230 and was brewing beer by 1595. The beer has been available to the public since about 1830.
Alcohol (wt.): n/a
Alcohol (vol.): 9.2
Original Gravity: 1083
Final gravity: n/a
Malts used: n/a
Hops used: Goldings, Hallertau
Importer Merchant du Vin welcomed this beer to their portfolio last June with a bash in Atlanta, and I was surprised then, as I was again a month later in steamy hot Toronto, at how well the intensely malty ale stood up to the summer heat. Everything about the 8 is chocolate, from its chocolate brown colour to the richly malty, cocoa-laced aroma to the 70% cocoa content chocolate notes in the body and its amazing affinity towards chocolate cake. Robust, utterly in balance and almost sinfully delicious only begin to describe this Trappist ale.
- Stephen Beaumont
Well chilled, poured carefully, foam keeps rises and overflows. Dense, succulent foam is inviting; patience is a virtue, but I ain’t got any; unelegantly scooping the creamy topping with my tongue. Feeling like a privileged cow. Deep red ale, with minimal fruity character. A classic Rochefort full malt flavor. Vanilla, hints of wild berry blossoms and fresh vibrant yeast notes in flavor and aroma. High in alcohol, yet clean, soothing and full of drinkable pleasure. Wonderfully clean and refreshing offering the comforting buzz of monastery. Like it I do.
- Charlie Papazian
This beer shows a pale brown color and raises a huge rocky head. Grandma’s candy dish leaps out of the glass – dark fruit, spices and rum swirling around a bready center. On the palate, the beer has a light touch, with a false alcohol sweetness masking an austere dryness. Firm hops, rum, cola nut and spice blend in a spirituous center. The finish is bone-dry and bitterness lingers. A peerless beer with a personality all its own. Monkfish sautéed with bacon and mushrooms will do nicely.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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