The second offering from the world’s 8th Trappist brewery – Stift Engelszell, has arrived. The follow up to Gregorious, a Belgian strong dark ale, Benno is a farmhouse ale. This hazy, slightly spicy, slightly funky, brew features a touch of honey to sweeten the taste.
Until now there were a mere seven true Trappist breweries in the world – i.e. brewed by Trappist monks. The 8th (based in Austria) has now produced their first beer. Gregorius has officially been bottled, named for the former Abbot of Stift Engelzell. Some sleuthing found the below from the Trappist Association newsletter:
The Trappist monastery of Stift Engelszell is located in Engelhartszell, in the northern part of Upper Austria, on the Danube, in a valley with wooded hills. This monastery has been a member of the International Trappist Association (ITA) since 2008. In 2009 the ITA granted Stift Engelszell the right to use the “Authentic Trappist Product” label on its Trappist liqueurs. Today the Trappist community is launching a dark Trappist beer, the “Gregorius” (9.7% ABV).
Gregorius is one of two beers coming this month fromt the new Trappist brewery. [BelgianBeerTravels]
The world will soon indulge in beers from the 8th Trappist brewery. Mont des Cats will being selling the newest offerings June 16th.
Mont des Cats will be based in France, with initial production in Belgium. Chimay, a Trappist brewery themselves helped Mont des Cats create a new recipe & will be assist the friars there as the brewery comes online.
In order to be a Trappist brewery, the beer must be brewed by or under the control of Trappist monks with some of the profits going to good causes.
The existing Trappist breweries are Chimay, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Achel, Orval, Westmalle, & Konigshoeven <FlandersNews>