My best friend is a British former professional bike rider currently based in Tuscany. Having recently retired from professional racing, he's now able to enjoy the thing he loves the most after riding a bike: beer. A coupe of weeks ago, he invited me over to his house near Florence because he said he had "a special beer you have to try". He said he bought it directly from Trappist monks somewhere in Belgium and he said, I'm quoting, "they only allow you to buy a few bottles every once in a while". I've no idea what the name was, or the ABV, I can only tell you this is was stronger, and somehow -purer-, than average beer. "Trappist" means the beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, by Trappist monks, and the rules very strict. There are apparently only fourteen monasteries in the world that produce trappist beer. There are four different types of trappist beers: enkel, dubbel, tripel and quadrupel. The four different names basically refer to how dark and strong the beer is. This was a tripel, which is the second strongest (after quadrupel).