The 13th-Century Rochefort Trappist abbey which produces the lovely Trappist 8 and the even nicer Trappist 10 has been damaged by fire.The fire broke out at the abbey at St Remy-Rochefort as the monks were dining.
Thankfully, the monks were evacuated unhurt and it took 70 firefighters several hours to put out the fire.
The vats also suffered no damage and survived intact.
Initial reports suggest that the fire began near a generator being used temporarily after the abbey experienced problems with their power supply.
Beer production has been temporarily halted, however, Francois Bellot, Mayor of Rochefort, said he was confident that it would resume in a couple of days.
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