Wow, so this was a strong beer! Strong because it’s 9%, although the taste is quite manageable. It’s a bit bitter, but still very sip-able. I understand how the culture here would evolve. People in Belgium don’t slam back beer – they drink it slowly.
And, to add to the warm fuzzies induced by drinking this beer, from Wikipedia:
“As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is sold only for financial support of the monastery and good causes. The brewery business pays rent for use of the property within the abbey, which is used to support the monastic community. The majority of the profit from the sale of the beer is distributed to charities and for community development around the region.”