Trappist beers

Trappist beers
A trappist beer is a beer brewed by or under control of Trappist monks. Of the world’s 171 Trappist monasteries, six produce beer in Belgium and one in the Netherlands. These monasteries are the home of approximately 2500 Trappist Monks and 1800 Trappistine Nuns. Only these seven breweries are authorized to label their Beers with the authentic Trappist Product Logo that indicates a compliance to various rules, by the International Trappist Association. The six Belgian beers that are allowed to use the name of Trappist Beer are Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and Westvleteren. Trappist beers are all ales, that is, top fermented, and mainly bottle conditioned. Colours or numbers can be used to indicate the different types, dating back to the days when bottles were unlabelled and had to be identified by the capsule or bottle-top alone. The number system gives an indication of strength, but is not an exact alcohol by volume. One advice, don’t try them all in one evening.

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  • George Newton - LA, Usa 17 June 2012
    Can't wait to go to Belgium again and sample some of those true delicacies. Bring pen and paper and write things instantly down. Cause there is so much choice to choose from , you'll never remember the next morning what you ordered!

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