The term Trappist refers to monks of the Order of Reformed Cistercians, a Roman Catholic religious order that adheres to the Rule of St. Benedict. There are about 170 Trappist monasteries in the world. Following the rules of the order concerning manual labor, most Trappist monasteries produce goods to be sold to the public in order to support themselves and their good works. A few of the monasteries produce beer for this purpose. Simply defined, a Trappist beer is a beer brewed by, or under control of Trappist monks. Only these breweries are permitted to display the Authentic Trappist Product logo which indicates compliance to the rules set by the International Trappist Association. There are seven recognized Trappist breweries in the world. Six are in Belgium and one is in the Netherlands.
The breweries and their monasteries are:
- Bières de Chimay (Abbey of Our Lady of Scourmount) -- [link to post]
- Brasserie d'Orval (Abbey of Our Lady of Orval) -- [link to post]
- Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbey of Our Lady of Saint Rémy) -- [link to post]
- Brouwerij de Achelse Kluis (Monastery of Our Lady of Saint Benedict)
- Brouwerij de Koningshoeven (Abbey of Our Lady of Koningshoeven) -- [link to post]
- Brouwerij Westmalle (Abbey of Our Lady of La Trappe of the Sacred Heart) -- [link to post]
- Brouwerij Westvleteren (Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren)
Additional information on Trappist breweries, their history, and the beers can be found at the Trappist Beers and Monks and The Trappist Brewers and their beers, as well as on the individual breweries' sites. I'll update the list above with links to the individual posts on each beer as I get to them. You'll also be able see all the posts in the series to date, on one page, by clicking here.