Trappistes Rochefort Triple Extra. The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy surprises with a new beer after 65 years.
The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, also known as the Trappist Monastery of Rochefort, was founded in 1230 in the province of Namur, Wallonia region, Belgium. It is one of 14 Trappist monasteries around the world that brew beer. Its beers are protected by Unesco, since in 2016 Belgian beer was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Their drinks are very famous in the beer world and their Belgian neighbors are proud of them. Their first brewery was opened in 1595 and they began to market their products in 1952. Among its varieties are the Trappistes Rochefort 6, Trappistes Rochefort 8 and Trappistes Rochefort 10. For 65 years these have been their only brews, until now .
The new Trappist beer
The Trappist Monastery of Rochefort has launched the new Trappistes Rochefort Triple Extra beer in October 2020, after 65 years without having released any news. Gumer Santos, engineer responsible for the quality of the brewery plant, has stated:
“In June 1920, the Abbey of Saint-Remy produced Strong Blonde Ale Extra. Its production lasted until 1923. For several years, the brewery has been considering producing a Belgian Tripel-style beer based on that beer of the time. We have chosen to launch it in 2020, one hundred years later ”.
Indeed, it is a Belgian Tripel-style lager, 8.1% alcohol by volume, with fruity citrus notes and spicy touches, which are recommended to serve between 6 and 9 ° C. Production for now will be limited, waiting for consumer reviews and with the idea of making some adjustments to improve the recipe. Subsequently, it will be decided whether the production will continue. The new release has so far been all the rage in Belgium and the beer is getting good reviews.
The management of the production of Trappist beers around the world is carried out by the monks of their respective monasteries. They are members of the Cistercian Order of Strict Observance, known as the Order of the Trappist. It is a Catholic monastic order, which is governed by the rule of San Benito, known as Regula Sancti Benedicti, whose main mandate is ora et labora (pray and work) and giving special attention to schedule regulation.
Trappist products can benefit from the Trappiste ® label if the abbey complies with the following standards:
- Products must be manufactured within the immediate surroundings of the abbey.
- Production must be carried out under the supervision of monks or nuns.
- The proceeds must be used for the needs of the monastic community, for solidarity within the Trappist Order, for development projects, and for charitable works.
The only Trappist beers that do not have this label are Cardeña beer, from the Abadía de San Pedro de Cardeña in Spain, and Mont des Cats beer, from the Abbey of the same name in France, because both beers are made outside from the limits of the abbeys.
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