Originally Posted by Craig311
Researched the styles and some reviews and am starting a list. So far these are definitely getting hit up...
1. Rochefort 10 (13% Quad)
2. St Bernardus 12 (10% Quad)
3. Orval Belgian Pale Ale (6.9%)
4. De Dolle Export Stout (9%)
5. Westmalle Tripel (9.5%)
6. Redenbach Grand Cru (Flanders Red 6%)
That's a good start. I would try something from Cantillon. they are typically very funky, but if you don't see that on your shelves in your area, you're in for something different that you won't get too often. De Silly isn't too common out here either so were it me getting to this, I'd try that.
OOH! I almost missed Caracole. This would be a must have for me. Their stufff is very unique and amazing. I can't afford it too often, but I do love it.
You should be able to get Orval at a lot of places. You've picked a really good list if you're going for a first time experience with a wide variety. I would avoid de proef. They've been kind of average lately. Leffe is boring to me, and so widely distroed, you'll find it anywhere. Same with Hoegaarden and Liefmans.
De Dolle, Achouffe, Dupont, and Rochefort are four breweries I drink on a semi regular bases. Rochefort 8 is one of my favorites. And Dupont makes the quintessential saison.
I could go on for days.