The featured beer painting of the day is of Trappistes Rochefort 10. This Belgian Quadrupel Trappist ale is amazingly good! I have had some Belgian ales that are too sweet and taste like they are 50% candy fermented until they are a weird sticky conglomeration of beer that doesn’t really taste any better than a Bud Light Platinum. Pours a little chunky, this beer has a flavor that is so incredible of dates, plum, sweetness and raisins. From the Abbey of St. Remy in the town of Rochefort, this Trappist beer is not only rare, but so good, it is worth every penny. If you are lucky enough to have it readily available at your beer shop, you better get one. They are about seven bucks a bottle, but this liquid tastes better than any wine in my personal opinion.
In this painting the beer is depicted in front of the abbey, and the brewery is around the back. I keep wondering why more churches don’t follow this model, combining a brewery with the place of worship. I know I would go to church more if that was the case in my hometown. God blessed humanity with the gift of fermentation, so why not celebrate it in a spiritual way? The Europeans always have a cathedral in the town center and a brewery, so right after services you can stop in Sunday afternoon for a pint, or a half liter. As a result, there are fewer alcoholics, because drinking beer is an accepted part of the culture. The key is not to drink too much. According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies in England, a man can drink three weak beers a day, and a woman two, before health problems arise. Culturally speaking, that is what most Europeans drink. In the words of a mentor of mine, “Drink better, drink less.” This is a beer I would drink over any crappy beer, but I need to find a better source. I think if I bought a six-pack, I would clean out every bottle in Anchorage!
Cheers to health, wealth and wisdom. This beer is good for your soul, which is in turn related to your physical well-being! I hope you drink one of these soon!