What's your favorite trappist?

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  1. Roman5150

    Roman5150 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 Spain

    How many trappist beers have you guy's tried? So far i've had Orval, Chimay (all three), Achel, La Trappe/Koningshoeven Dubbel, Westmalle Dubbel/Trippel, and Trappistes Rochefort 6,8,10.. Here's my current stock, along with some great cheeses (seriously, if you don't pair quads with cheese, you're missing out).


    My favorites:

    Dubbel: Achel
    Trippel: Westmalle
    Quad: Rochefort 10

    I can't seem to enjoy Chimay as much as everyone else does, it's just too sweet for me.

    I'm excited to go the Westvleteren abbey next year and check that off the list, along with Engelszell. Gonna hopefully grab a case so get your Dark Lords and Plinys ready!!!
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  2. BobZ

    BobZ Zealot (508) Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    Of the Belgian Trappistes I've had all but Chimay Doree & Petite Orval (Monk's table beers from each of those monasteries).

    Out of the beers currently produced:

    Strong Dark Ale / Quad: Westvleteren 12, followed closely by Rochefort 10
    Dubble: Achel Bruin
    Tripel: Chimay, followed very closely by Westmalle

    Pale Ale: Westmalle Extra, followed closely by Westvleteren Blonde
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  3. Roman5150

    Roman5150 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 Spain

    How did those compare to their normal offerings? From what I understand most of the abbeys brew a 'Patersbier' which is lighter so the monks can drink all day and not be completely shitfaced. I'm curious to try one, i've heard Orval Petite was good but nothing special.
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  4. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,088) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Rochefort 10
    St Bernardus Abt 12
  5. BobZ

    BobZ Zealot (508) Jun 24, 2009 Massachusetts

    Of the table beers, I've only had the Westmalle Extra and I really enjoyed it.
  6. Roman5150

    Roman5150 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 Spain

    Technically not a trappist, but it's also "technically" the same recipe as a Westvleteren 12... :wink:
  7. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Orval is my overall favorite.

    Dubbel: Westy 8

    Trippel: Westmalle

    Quad: Rochefort 10
  8. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,010) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    Orval. Less is more.
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  9. IrishKevin

    IrishKevin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Rochefort 8
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  10. IrishKevin

    IrishKevin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Thought I read St. Bernardus used to contract brew for the monks at Westy.
  11. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (737) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Chimay Red
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  12. mrcraft

    mrcraft Meyvn (1,342) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    My favorite Trappist beer, thus far, is Rochefort 10.

    However, on Tuesday, I'm scheduled to receive a Westy 12 (my first) from my trading partner, so we'll see if my answer changes or not...

    After my Westy, I will have had beers from all 8 Trappist breweries. A great collection of beers!
  13. BoneyardBrewer

    BoneyardBrewer Initiate (105) Apr 24, 2005 Michigan

  14. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (737) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    That has been an ongoing debate on this board since the birth of this board!
  15. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    All of them
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  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,132) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Westy 12 followed closely by Westmalle Dubbel.
  17. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (156) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Rochefort 10 followed by Westy 12. Westmalle triple is excellent.

    I cant stand any Chimays as they are too sweet.
  18. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Orval is phenomenal
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  19. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (8,232) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Dubbel: Westmalle
    Tripel: Westmalle
    Quadrupel: La Trappe

    Belgian Pale ale: Orval with 2-3 years on it is the shit

    All opinions aside, I haven't really been disappointed by any Trappist that I can recall. I also love the Achel and La Trappe Dubbels. Never seen any of the Blonde ales that some of them make at the store.
  20. GottaHaveMyHops

    GottaHaveMyHops Initiate (139) Mar 14, 2013 Minnesota
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    Orval. They are the only trappist brewery that produces just one beer, and it is daaaaaaamn good. It also responds beautifully to aging.
  21. lvldweller

    lvldweller Initiate (167) Apr 3, 2013 New Jersey
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    Westy 12 followed ridiculously closely by Rochefort 10. Westy 8 is fantastic, and so is Rochefort 8. A fan of la trappe's bock and tripel, and achel is pretty excellent with their offerings as well. I belive the only ones i havent tried so far are Stift Engelszell's Benno and Petite Orval. So I guess Westvleteren and Rochefort are my favorite trappists...haven't had one yet that I didn't like tho.
  22. dufman86

    dufman86 Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2010 California

    I'd have to say having been to Westvleteren their Blonde stole the show over the 12. Delicious!

    If you go to West Vleteren, you must also make the short trip to Oost (East) Vleteren and go to De Struise. It's right near the main road that you turn off to go to the Saint Sixtus Abbey.
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  23. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Texas

    Rochefort 10
    La Trappe Quad
    La Trappe Is'Ador (spelt wrong I'm sure)
    St. Bernd 12

    Any of these paired with Chimay cheese, yeah yeah I know..........
  24. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

  25. Roman5150

    Roman5150 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 Spain

    Yea if anyone could elaborate on this i'd love to learn more, from what I understand they basically used to be under the same roof and then split?
  26. IrishKevin

    IrishKevin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    In 1946, the St. Bernardus brewery in nearby Watou was granted a licence to brew beer under the St Sixtus name. This agreement ended in 1992; St. Bernardus still brews beers of similar styles, but under their own name.[3] That same year, the abbey opened its new brewery to replace the older equipment

    So according to wiki St. Bernardus brewed under name of St Sixtus which is Westvleteryn. If they trusted the quality for 46 years that is saying something.
  27. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

    Chimay Red. My first trappist and my favorite.
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  28. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    Rochefort 10, but La Trappe's Oak Aged Quad (well, batch 8 at least) is right up there.
  29. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,367) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Rochefort 6
    Chimay Red

    (i love dubbels)
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  30. Dreadnaught33

    Dreadnaught33 Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2009 District of Columbia

    Westy 8 is just unbelievably good, especially with some years on it.
  31. BobaFret

    BobaFret Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Rochefort 10. An amazing beer that is readily available. I've yet to try Westy 12 but I doubt that it will be so much better that I could see myself regularly going through the hassle to get it.
  32. JeffreyJDavis

    JeffreyJDavis Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 North Carolina

    I just had Benno the other night. It's quite nice and very interesting, but not mind blowing. But it's nice to have a quasi-Saison in the Trappist quiver.
  33. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    Orval overall for sheer uniqueness. Otherwise I'm quite partial to La Trappe, and more specifically their Bockbier.
  34. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Savant (971) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Well my avatar answers my favorite....followed by Chimay tripel, Isid'or Trap, Westmalle Tripel, Rochefort 8 and La Trappe quad. Haven't had all the Westy yet but I have had a small sample of vintage 2006 Westy 12 and it was absolutely amazing.
  35. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (267) May 30, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Well, I dont like dubbels or quads, but my favorite tripel/pales are Delerium Tremens, Tripel Karmeleit, Piraat, and La Fin Du Monde. I am not sure which or these are actually Trappist beers, or if any are.
    Edit: Westmalle Triple and Orval also make the list, and I know they are Trappist beers:slight_smile:
  36. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Savant (971) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    None of those are but still excellent choices. (Tripel Karmilet is a bit too sweet for me in regards of a tripel) Cheers
  37. bobbyr5

    bobbyr5 Initiate (0) May 17, 2013 Michigan

    Roch 10.

    Go Wings!
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  38. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Meyvn (1,023) Jan 26, 2013 Ontario (Canada)
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    For me it is Westy 12 followed closely by Rochefort 10. I have a La Trappe triple in the cellar so perhaps that will join the list.
  39. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (219) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Very little love for achel on this thread, even on this website for that matter. I feel like they've always been the overlooked, red headed step child of all the Trappist breweries. Despite achels fantastic ratings, the most reviews any one of their beers has is 520, while the other ones (roch, westm, chimay, Orval, westy) have at least a thousand or more. Is achel harder to find in some states or is it really just that overlooked? Imo, i think the Trappist extra is one of the best bsda's available.
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  40. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Chimay Blue. God told me it's his favorite beer, and I had to agree with Him.
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