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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 364 Drink: Trappistes Rochefort 10

There was sad news today when word came that the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy in Wallonia, Belgium, had been hit by a major fire. The Abbey is the home to Trappist monks that produce Rochefort, one of the world's great beers.

According to this report from the BBC, the Abbey sustained serious damage, but firefighters managed to save the library and its collection of historic books and the brewery. It is suspected the blaze, which occurred while the monks were eating their dinner, started when a generator malfunctioned. The generator was being used because of recent power outages caused by winter weather in the area. The report from Flanders News indicates that four buildings from the Abbey are a complete loss.  

The Trappist monks have been brewing at the Abbey since 1595. We will be thinking of them during the coming days as they begin the process of rebuilding.

Trappistes Rochefort 10  pours a rich mahogany color with a think tan head. The 11.3 percent alcohol by volume ale has a ton of malt and fruit aromas. The flavor is thick with caramelized malts, some spices, hints of figs and brown sugar. This is a big and complex brew.

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