Tag Archives: Strong Dark Ale

Vapeur Cochonne — Brasserie à Vapeur

A huge complicated beer.  Both the nose and taste display big juicy fruits, sugary sweet rum like qualities, and some spiciness.  Quite a mouthful, and as interesting warmer at the end of the glass, as cooler at the start. Style: Strong Dark Ale ABV: 9% Price: $8.41

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Westvleteren 10 — Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) — Trappist

Considered by many as the beer holy grail, Westy 12 is massive and complicated, ranging from cocoa bitter, to dark juicy fruits, to honey and molassess. A veritable parade of aromas and flavours. Tiny bubbles and incredibly smooth. It’s like there’s a party in your mouth, and everybody’s invited. ABV: 10.2% Style: Strong Dark Ale […]

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Rochefort 10 — Brasserie de Rochefort — Trappist

A very difficult beer to stock, even for us. The smell is similar to the 8, though you’ll pobably notice some alcohol too, and a bit more dried fruit. The taste is a parade: malts, dried fruit, some berries, banana, chocolate, with a clear alcohol presence all along. A very warming beer. ABV: 11.3% Style: […]

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Rochefort 8 — Brasserie de Rochefort — Trappist

A bit darker then the 6, the smell is more caramel maltiness, as well as some spice and dried fruit. Taste is complex, malt followed by something floral or fruity, a hint of the hops and then a lovely malt/alcohol finish. Incredibly drinkable for a 9% beer. ABV: 9.2% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price: $8.26/330ml […]

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Rochefort 6 — Brasserie de Rochefort — Trappist

The starting point for the Trappists, Rochefort’s 6 displays characteristic malty aromas, with hints of apricot, apple and grapes. Fairly sweet tasting, with a clear alcohol presence, it is complex, but still very approachable. ABV: 7.5% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price: $7.60/330ml bottle

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La Trappe Quadrupel — Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. — Trappist

The first “Quad”, this is also known as “La Trappe”. Big dark dried fruits, jammy and with port-like richness, balance with classic Belgian spicing, cloves, coriander and pepper. Long lingering finish. ABV: 10% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price:$/750ml bottle

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Chimay Grand Reserve Blue Cap — Bières de Chimay S.A. — Trappist

A dark brown pour with thick head. A complex smell of caramel, cinnamon, oranges and yeast. The taste is of fruits and spices, warm malts and a touch of hops at the end. Warming opens up more of the malts. Truly a great beer. ABV: 9% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price: $7.39/330ml bottle $15.43/750ml bottle

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Maudite — Unibroue

“The Damned” This light orange beer has a sweet dried-fruit aroma, with a bit of yeast. It is jammy and sweet, with lots of the fruit coming through, there is a bit of tart yeast, with a warm dry hop finish. ABV: 8% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price: $13.91/750ml bottle

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St Bernardus Abt 12 — Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

A very big beer, upfront aroma of cherries, plums and spices. Tastes of stewed apples, dark berries, spices and caramel. A touch of alcohol on the finish that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Wonderful! ABV: 10% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price: $8.25/330ml bottle

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Trois Pistoles — Unibroue

A Belgian style Dark Ale, with a deep ruby/brown pour. Brandy-like aroma, with dark berries, toffee and burnt sugar. Huge flavour with balanced dark/dried fruits and alcohol, almost port-like. ABV: 9% Style: Strong Dark Ale Price: $14.56/750ml bottle

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