I was born in 1955, and was originally intended to be just a Christmas brew. However, due to popular demand, I am now in constant production and one of the most recognised Belgian beers today. Like all other Rochefort ales, I was named after the original gravity scale measured in Belgian Degrees and made with the abbey's own yeast culture and water from the nearby, calcium-rich Tridaine spring.
My mahogany-brown pour comes with a fine, lacy head that emits an impressive aromatic bouquet of toasted cocoas, dark malts, raisins, jam and fig fruit notes. My palate is well-balanced but complex; dominated by a spicy dryness that develops into a soft chocolate, leather, and caramel traits. I am a beer that will not overpower and made to be savoured at your leisure. Like a fine wine, you should only enjoy me from a glass.