Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 10: Trappistes Rochefort 8, 9.2% (Belgium)

The International Trappist Association says: ”Trappistes Rochefort is a brown ale, brewed and bottled within the walls of the Abbey of Saint-Remy in Rochefort. The modest dimensions of this brewery enable the Trappist monks and their collaborators to perfectly control production. Rochefort 8 dates from 1955. Originally this beer was only brewed for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Rochefort 8 begins with a density of 20.8º Plato and reaches a final 9.2% ABV. Masculine in character, it lends itself best to being enjoyed among friends!”

We say: We don’t even know what “masculine in character” means, but these guys are monks and maybe they haven’t been around women for a while, so we’ll give them a break. Anyway, this is one of our favourite Trappist ales - dark, rich and raisiny, it’s the perfect accompaniment for Christmas cake or just sipping slowly, all cosied up next to an open fire (or radiator - work with what you’ve got). Did we mention it scores 100 on Ratebeer?