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Day 4: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

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Charles walked into a bar and ordered some fish and chips made by monks. They were delicious and he wanted to express his gratitude to the monk who made them. He asked the monk behind the counter, are you the fish fryer? He responded, sorry no, I’m the Chipmonk. 😉 A little monk humor to start our post.

Today we drove 35 minute to Ghent to check out this neat little town and to see if we could track down some brew of the other 5 famous Trappist breweries.

A little Trappist brewery info. There are only 12 Trappist breweries in the world, 6 of which are in Belgium. The monks of these orders must produce anything they consume and are allowed to consume the “local drink”, which in Belgium is beer. In order to receive the “Authentic Trappist product” logo, the beer must be brewed inside the walls of a Trappist ab­bey and all profits derived from the sale of their beers must only be used for the subsistence of the monastery or for charitable purposes. So any profits beyond maintaining the monks and monastery are given to charity.

The 6 Belgium Trappist breweries are Orval, Archel, Westmalle, Chimay, Rochefort, and the elusive Westvleteren that we wrote about yesterday.  So in order to complete our goal of trying brew from all 6 of these breweries, we still had 5 to go.

While walking around the ancient charming town of Ghent, amongst the churches, canals and castles, we stumbled across this amazing little restaurant on the second floor of their historic theater building. It had a great patio overlooking three churches and a beautiful square. Better yet, they had an amazing beer list that included 3 of our missing Trappist brews. Score. The weather was perfect and you couldn’t have found a better place to hang out for awhile. We enjoyed some really good carrot curry soup and bread and Charles tried the Westmalle Tripel, Rochefort 12, and the Orval while I had a glass of wine. Cost:???

We continued to explore the city and all its charms. We found a little beer shop that sold a bottle of Archel so we grabbed that for later consumption. We eventually stopped for dinner and shared Chicken with mushroom sauce, mushroom soup, a salad and fries (with mayonnaise)… yuk, I’ll never get used to this European custom. Cost:???

We stopped at Aldi on the way home and picked up a few items- more of that delish buffalo mozzarella, some Diet Coke, fresh bread and some tabouli salad. Cost???

That’s another wrap- tomorrow we head to the Champagne region.

If you missed days 1-3, here they are

Day 1 & 2: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

Day 3: Belgium’s Beer & Champagne France Tour

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