An Evening with Alfons Vandermolen of The Trappist Abbey of Rochefort

DATE: THURSDAY OCTOBER 27TH, 2011
TIME: 6PM TO 8PM

ALFONS VENDERMOLEN WILL BE JOINING US FOR A WARM VISIT AND
GOOD CONVERSATION WITH OUR GUESTS FOR THE EVENING.

THIS IS A CASUAL EVENT OPEN TO ALL WHO WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND
NO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

RESTAURANT AND BAR OPEN AS USUAL

HISTORY

Around 1230, Gilles de Walcourt, count of Roochefort founded a monastery for Cistercian nuns called Secours de Notre-Dame.
In 1464 Louis de la Marck ordered the nuns to leave the monastery which had decayed and they were replaced by monks.
The monastery was the latest Daughter-house of the abbey of Abbey of Citeaux. During the Eighty Years War the abbey was ravaged
by the protestant armies of the Seventeen Provences (1568) and the Austrian armies of John of Austria (1577).
Around 1595, the first brewery was founded within the abbey.

In the 17th century the abbey suffered from war, famine and the plague. On 30 April 1650, an army from Lorraine, led by baron Châtelet,
invaded the abbey. The monks had to flee to Marche, as well as in 1652 and 1653.

In 1789 the French revolutionary army invaded the Austrian Netherlands, and in 1797 the abbey was closed and sold to Lucien-Joseph Poncelet.
Poncelet demolished the abbey around 1805 and converted it to a farm. Material of the abbey was used for buildings in Rochefort.

On 11 October 1887, father Anselmus Judong from the Trappist Abbey of Achel came to the old abbey and on 21 December 1887 the buildings were
bought by the monks of Achel. The abbey was restored and new buildings were raised. A new brewery was founded, but it would take until 1952 for
the brewery to produce enough beer to be sold.

DESCRIPTION

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.

The three topics of its motto “Curvata Resurgo”(Curved, I straighten up)
illustrate the three theological virtues: the palm tree(faith), the rose(hope) and the star(charity).

THE BREWS

Rochefort 6(red cap, brown beer, 7.5% ABV). Reddish colour, very consistent texture with a slightly spicy aroma and an intense taste of caramel,
fruit, and hints of raisins. It is only brewed about once per year, representing approximately 1% of total beer production, thus is quite difficult to obtain.

Rochefort 8(green cap, brown beer, 9.2% ABV). Yellowish-brown colour, with a more pronounced aroma, more fruits and a slight amount of Demi-Sec.
This variety constitutes the largest proportion of production.

Rochefort 10(blue cap, dark beer, 11.3% ABV). Reddish-brown colour, with a very compact head and an aroma of figs, feels like honey in the mouth.
The alcohol profile is a major component in the flavour of this rich ale. It is very similar to 6 and 8, but has much more of everything.

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