Belgium’s Best: Trappist Ales

A Trappist ale must be recognized by the International Trappist Association. To be an authentic Trappist ale, your ale has to be, among other things, brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, brewed under control or direction of Trappist monks, and the money made must either go to monastery maintenance or to good works. Today, twelve ITA recognized Trappist breweries exist in the world, up from seven just a few years ago. It used to be that Trappist ales represented the height of the brewer’s art. These days, thankfully enough, you can find many exceptional beers that both follow and ignore Trappist styles. Still, it’s always good to dive back into the beers that have inspired brewers for generations. Tonight, we go Trappist, thank God.


  • Westmalle Tripel
  • Chimay Premiere
  • Orval Trappist Ale
  • Rochefort Trappist 8
  • Rochefort Trappist 10
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