The Trappist Abbey of Rochefort or Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, which belongs to the Cistercians of Strict Observance, is located in Rochefort in the province of Namur (Wallonia, Belgium). The abbey is famous for its spiritual life and its brewery, which is one of few Trappist beer breweries in the world. Life in the abbey is characterised by prayer, reading and manual work, the three basic elements of Trappist life. The motto of the abbey is Curvata Resurgo.
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.
The aroma 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.
Style: Belgian Stong