The beer is a ruddy brown colour, with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is a mixture of sweet dark stone fruits, some spicing, and roasty malts. There is a luxurious sweetness, with a rich and thick mouthfeel of prunes, raisins, dates, caramel malt, nutmeg, clove, and a background warmth from the alcohol. There are so many flavours to develop, you have to let this beer warm for a while to get the best out of it.
Rochefort Brewery (Brasserie de Rochefort) is a Belgian brewery which produces three beers designated as Trappist beers. The brewery is associated with the Rochefort Abbey, which originated in the thirteenth century; monks have been brewing beer at Rochefort since the sixteenth century, providing much of the income for the monastery.
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Around fifteen monks live at Rochefort Abbey, where the first brewery was founded in 1595. The water for the beer is drawn from a well inside the monastery walls.