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Cheers for Rochefort

Rochefort 6, 8 or 10?

Celebrate Cheers for Beers with the finest Beers from Belgium as Brussels Bistro takes you on a tour of Belgian Beers. On April 27, 2017 Brussels Bistro will be giving away FREE Trappist Rochefort souvenir beer glasses as part of their promotion. We will also be inviting Marc from Merchant Du Vin to answer any questions about the beer, including history and the brewery from 6-9 PM. To complete your experience, Brussels Bistro will also be preparing complementary dishes with the featured Rochefort beer.

trappist rochefort with souvenir glass

There are several varieties and there are indicated by the cap color and number and of course, taste.

Rochefort Trappist 6 “Red Cap” is named after its original gravity measured in “Belgian degrees” – a brewing scale no longer used today. It was first sold to the public in 1953.

Reddish-brown color with amber-gold highlights; soft body leads to earthy flavors and an herbal character. Refined, soft spiciness in the bouquet finishes with a bit caramel. Bottle-conditioned for soft natural carbonation.

Cream soups and rich dishes; can support vinaigrette dressing. Wonderful to clear the palate when served with concentrated, creamy foods. Serve in traditional Rochefort stemmed goblet.

Gold Medal – World Beer Championships 2006

Rochefort 8 “Blue Cap”

Originally called “Spécial,” Rochefort 8 dates to the mid-1950s. The name comes from the original gravity in “Belgian degrees.”

Deep brown color; the flavor is vigorous and complex, with firm body to support the strength. The aroma has elusive notes of fresh fruit, spice, leather, and figs.

Great with full-flavored dishes like pate, duck, or wild game; shows well with strong-flavored cheeses. Also wonderful alone as an aperitif. Serve in traditional Rochefort stemmed goblet.

One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal (November 2016)
“Number Ten Beer of 2015,” 96 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2015
Top 100 Beers in the World,” (February 2015)
One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal, November 2015

And then, there’s Rochefort 10 “Green Cap”- a must for serious Rochefort drinkers

Although written records of brewing at Rochefort date to 1595, Rochefort 10 was developed in the late 1940s and early 50s. It appears on virtually every list of the world’s finest beers.

Dark brown color. Great strength balanced by a complexity of flavors and firm malt backbone. The bouquet covers a wide range: port wine, leather, apricots, oak, spices – a deeply intriguing beverage.

Lamb shanks with juniper berries, wild chanterelle mushrooms, truffles, or dishes with intensely reduced sauces. Serve in the traditional stemmed Rochefort goblet.
Accolades 100 points (October 2016)
Winner Belgian Beer Journal blind tasting of “quads”, October 2016
Top 100 Beers in the World,” (February 2015)
Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Top 25 Beers of 2013”
97points – First Place: Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2013
“Best Beer in the World,” – Men’s Journal Magazine, October 2010.

cheers for orval beer

Cheers for Oval Beer

Brussels Bistro launches Part 2 of  our Cheers for Beers promotion on Thursday, March 30th with Orval Beer from Belgium. We are so delighted to share a bit of Belgium beer history, beer flavors, and suggested food pairings at Brussels Bistro during this special event. We have invited a special guest from Merchant Du Vin to answer any questions about Orval Beer from 6-9 PM. Please join us and celebrate Belgium Beer. As a gift, every guest will receive a FREE souvenir Orval beer glass with their Orval beer purchase. We hope you will enjoy the event and share with your friends.

Brief History About Orval Beer:

The Abbey of Orval is located near Florenville, Belgium in the provence of Luxembourg. The present brewery was completed in 1929, at which time the skittle (pin)-shaped bottle and Orval chalice were introduced. (Brewery, bottle, and chalice were all designed by architect Henry Vaes.) In the middle ages, Orval was famous for producing its iron decoration as well as beer. The abbey was gutted by fire in 1252 & repaired, then was destroyed during the French Revolution.

Taste of Orval Beer:

Sunset-orange color; a fruity and slightly acidic bouquet, firm body, profound hop bitterness, and long, dry finish. Orval is bottled with Brettanomyces, a yeast strain that leads to superb dry complexity and ageworthiness.

Interesting Comments and Awards for Orval Beer:

“Number Six Beer of 2015,” 96 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2015
One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal, November 2015
“Orval’s masterful complexity and drinkability have cemented it as a classic.”All About Beer magazine, June 2015.
One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal (November 2014) 99 points (October 2016)
Gold Medal, 97 points and Top-Rated “Belgian Pale Ale,” – World Beer Championships 2014
“1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die,” selection, A. Tierney-Jones, 2010
98 Points, top beer tasted – DRAFT Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009
Featured on official Belgian postage stamps – Nov. 2006 and 1928
Best Bottled Beer -Peterborough Beer Festival 1997, 1996
“. . . absolutely nothing like it.” – Garrett Oliver.
“World classic.” – Michael Jackson.
Upcoming Cheers for Beers Event Dates:

03.30 – Orval

04.27 – Rochefort

05.25 – Westmalle