Bungas’s Beer of the Week

December 16, 2010

Being an engineer, I remember my high school days of science and the many experiments we performed. So here’s an experiment that I’ll undertake during our trip.

Aim: To provide a brief summary of what I deem to be “beer of the week” over the many destinations we visit.

Apparatus: pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, bottle shops, street vendors, beer, taste buds

Method: Depending on where we’ve landed that week, I’ll do my utmost to sample the local beers and select my favourite.

Principles: I am a simple man; one who loves beer in any shape or form. You won’t find tasting notes or references to aromas and distinct flavours here.

Discussion: Well that’s for you to do!

Conclusions and Recommendations: I consider myself a man of the beer world. My top three countries in order of beer quality are Belgium, Germany and Australia (with Ireland a close fourth). So listen up my friends!

Since we’re about to hit the road, I thought I’d start with a beer that I love so dearly. I know we’re not in Belgium, but I’ve been drinking this beer regularly in Melbourne.

Name: Trappistes Rochefort 10

Brewery: Abbaye St-Remy

Location: Rochefort, Belgium

Alcohol: 11.3%

Don’t think that I only judge beer by its alcohol content. It just so happens that this delightful drop will render you incoherent after a couple of bottles. Trappistes Rochefort 10 is classified as an “authentic trappist product,” which means monks used to make it. If the road to enlightenment involves drinking this day after day, then I’m already halfway there.

Trappistes Rochefort also has two other versions (6 and 8), each with a lower alcohol content than 10. The creamy head draws you in, the dark colour tantalises your senses and while the smell is heavy and strong, the taste is truly impeccable. My great pleasure with this beer is admiring the “floaty bits” throughout the beer itself. We’ve all had bottle conditioned beer before and those yeasty particles are fantastic. It’s particularly enjoyable after dinner, where it can substitute for a coffee to keep the night going longer.

This beer will serve as a kind of basis when I express my judgement of all other beers on our travels. I love all the different styles of beer and comparison to Trappistes Rochefort 10 may sometimes prove difficult, however I’m sure I’ll manage. All I know is that if you haven’t tried it yet, then you must do so before the sun sets (or rises again) on the day you read this.

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  1. Comment by Tommy Tired

    Tommy Tired Reply December 16, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Ahhh Trappistes Rochefort 10, eases the pain

  2. Comment by Amy Thibodeau

    Amy Thibodeau Reply December 16, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I love the Trappist beer! Those monks know how to make a good beverage!

  3. Comment by Adam

    Adam Reply December 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Now this is an idea I can get behind. Thank you for the sacrifices you are making to do this research. ;-)

  4. Comment by Ordinary Traveler

    Ordinary Traveler Reply December 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Great idea! I will definitely look forward to the beer of the week! PS.. There is nothing wrong with judging a beer by it’s alcohol content. ;)

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  6. Comment by Robin

    Robin Reply December 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Love this idea – you should look up Clotworty Dobbin, if you haven’t already; probably ireland’s best beer…

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 18, 2010 at 2:33 am

      Thanks, Robin! I’ll be sure to look out for it when we’re in Ireland next year…

  7. Comment by Kyle Hepp

    Kyle Hepp Reply December 18, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I don’t even like beer, but I loved it in Belgium. And I also loved the fries and waffles. Good country. Good people those Belgs.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

      Ah, yes – Belgium is a lot of fun! And let’s not forget about the chocolate =)

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  9. Comment by Chris

    Chris Reply December 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    ah I found Trappistes in Belgium and love it. Glad to hear you can get it in OZ a when I return I’m going to want to keep my love for european beer alive.

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