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Beer Tasting Theme - Belgian Trappist is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.

Belgian Trappist

Tasting of Belgian Trappist beers....

Achel Blonde Recommended - Winner

Achel Blonde
83An enjoyable dark golden beer from the latest recruit to the Trappist brewers' fraternity.

Chimay Blue / Grande Réserve Recommended - Winner

Chimay Blue / Grande Réserve
80Renowned port-like beer in a vintage-dated bottle. A little less chewiness would make it even more of a treat.

Chimay Red Premiere

Chimay Red Premiere
75A complex red ale that has bags of flavour but lacks a little refinement.

Chimay White / Cinq Cents

Chimay White / Cinq Cents
75Flavour-packed, but a little chewy, dark golden strong ale.

Orval Orval Recommended - Winner

Orval Orval
90A bit of a wild child. A bone dry amber beer partially fermented with a yeast that creates an acidic sourness. Totally refreshing and complex.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 Editors Choice - Winner

Trappistes Rochefort 10
95Outstanding ruby ale with an abundance of taste.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 Editors Choice - Winner

Trappistes Rochefort 6
95A red-amber beer that is notably thinner than its stablemate above (and the Rochefort 8 that falls between the two), but carrying similar flavours. Benefits hugely from a delicate finish.

Westmalle Dubbel

Westmalle Dubbel
75A pleasant bright ruby coloured ale that could use more depth of character.

Westmalle Tripel

Westmalle Tripel
73The dryness and complexity are impressive but this golden ale – widely recognised as the benchmark for the tripel style – is too obviously alcoholic.

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