Trappists constitute the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance.
This order was founded in 1098 and the name "Trappist" got its origin
from the Abbey of Notre-Dame de la Trappe in Soligny (France).
is no beer style called Trappist. The term "Authentic Trappist Beer" is
a designation of the brewery of origin. To use the name and the logo,
the 4 rules of the International Trappist Association must be observed:
- The product must be made within the walls of a Trappist abbey or in an immediate vicinity.
- The equipment necessary to the production must clearly express a dependency in regard to the monastery.
- The product must be made by or under the supervision of the monastery community.
- The largest part of the profit must be spent on social work.
7 trappist breweries are recognized, 6 from Belgium and 1 from the
Netherlands. Between 1999 and october 7th 2005, the brewery of
Koningshoeven (Abbey of Schaapskooi in Tilburg, Netherlands) was no
more allowed to use the "Authentic Trappist Product" logo as the
brewery has been taken over by Bavaria and was in this period no more
considered to be under control of the monks. Learn More