I just never have acquired a taste for Belgian and Trappist beers (is there a difference; I'm pretty ignorant about them). It's a real hole in my beer snobbery. Perhaps some of you guys out there could make a recommendation on where I should start.
Grapevine Market currently has this on sale; perhaps I should go try it:
Rochefort 8 & 10 Trappist Ales
Rochefort ales are finally available here in Central Texas! These two beers are still brewed by monks at the Abbey of St. Remy in Belgium. They are one of the six remaining Trappist breweries in the world. Amongst Trappist ales, they are also some of the most sought after beers in the world.
Rochefort 8 $4.99/11.02 oz bottle
is a deep brown color. It's aroma has notes of fruit and spice. At just over 9% alcohol this beer qualifies as a Belgian strong ale. Don't be scared away, because it's rich, smooth flavor makes it easy to enjoy this beer.
Rochefort 10 $5.79/11.02 oz bottle
is also a dark brown Belgian ale. At just over 11% alcohol, the strength of this beer is balanced by a smooth complex flavor. The aroma has hints of port wine, apricots and oak. This beer is widely regarded as one of the top 5 beers in the world, and it deserves that recognition.