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I thought it would be fun to have a thread where people discussed some favorite beers that are a bit off the beaten path. I always enjoy trying new beers and figured there have to be some other Squawkers who would enjoy sharing some of their finds as well. The inspiration for me was splurging on a dark Belgian ale last week which was easily one of the best beers I have ever had. Trappistes Rochefort 8 This beer is frequently described with reference to different fruits but it is not anything like a "fruit" beer. Instead, it is a delicious and layered flavor profile that just blew me away. Since I am not the best descriptor, I'll give you the review from the Alstrom Bros: Presentation: 33 cl slender brown bottle, consume before date on the front label. “Authentic Trappist Product” on the label. Appearance: Fluffy light tan lace foams up during pouring but the lace struggles to hold together. Murky brown colour with a hazy that blocks out any chance of light. Smell: Mild rum alcohol in the nose, fruity with ripe banana, pear and fig. Vague phenols with mellowed out alcoholic esters give a hard whiff of alcohol again. Taste: Silky smooth, creamy alcohol and malt mouth feel that glides through the mouth and down the throat. Grain, phenols and alcohol form to a head at first taste with a spicy character that does not take things over but is more of a showing of what is in store. Maltiness is close to huge going from brown sugar to brownies, dark bread to mild coffee. Alcohol runs the gamete with a sweet and spicy flavour to a fruitiness of ripe tropical fruit … fig and apricots come to mind. Phenolic but not to the point of being medicinal, clove spiciness rounds and balances the sweetness far into the finish. Notes: Hard line in the aroma and flavour with a mellowed aged flavour from a bottle that has been around for a while, this age has not taken way from the beer at all other than its head retention perhaps. Ripe and fruity, malty and alcoholic. The complexity alone is staggering for the taste buds. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/207/1696/?ba=bros Delicious and recommended if you feel like a splurge. I figured it was the same price as a drink at a restaurant or bar and it definitely was worth the investment!