These are the answers from our Trappist Beer Quiz:
1. The first brewery as part of the Trappist order was located in France
The Trappist order originated in 1664 in the Cistercian monastery of La Trappe, France (different to La Trappe from The Netherlands). From 1685 La Trappe had its own brewery.
2. St.Bernardus 12 is not a Trappist Beer
Shortly after the Second World War, the Trappist Monastery St.Sixtus in Westvleteren was looking for somebody to commercialise their beer.
They gave a license to a cheese factory, and Brewery St.Bernard was founded, selling Trappist beers under the brand name Trappist Westvleteren.
During a period of 46 years St.Bernard brewed and commercialised the beers. In 1992 the license came to an end. Since then St.Bernard have been brewing the same beers, with the same recipes, but under a different brand name: St.Bernardus.
3. There are currently 13 Trappist breweries in the World.
4. Monks drink the lower alcohol Pater style of beer, which is typically around 5% in alcohol.
5. A Tripel is typically 8-10% in alcohol.
6. You will find the newest Trappist brewery (Spencer) in the USA.
7. Chimay is the largest brewery.
In 2011 Chimay produced 168,500 hectolitres of beer.
8. Achel is the smallest of the four breweries Achel.)
In 2011 Achel produced 4,160 hectolitres of beer.9. True - Trappist breweries can make money from the sale of their beer BUT it must be used for charitable causes.
10. Rochefort is located at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy.
11. Mont des Cats is produced by Chimay under license for Abbaye Sainte Marie du Mont des Cats in France.
12. When drinking Trappist beer you would use a Chalice or Goblet beer glass.
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