Trappist Beer Needs Trappist Monks to Brew It, but the Vocation Is Dwindling

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  1. CASK1

    CASK1 Disciple (307) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

    Nice article explaining the crisis of Trappist breweries losing monks necessary to maintain the Trappist label.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trappi...-it-but-the-vocation-is-dwindling-11615392562

    Sorry if this is paywalled.
     
  2. CervezaNY

    CervezaNY Aspirant (205) Mar 24, 2016 New York

    Interesting that they didn't mention Orval in the article.
     
  3. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (11,421) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois
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    Open it up to protestant clergy and I will happily supervise and taste test! :stuck_out_tongue:
     
  4. SILVER

    SILVER Initiate (195) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    It is just not Catholic clergy. It is a particular order of clergy, Trappist monks.
     
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    REVZEB Poo-Bah (11,421) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois
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    So what you are saying is if they open it up to Catholic clergy first, protestants might have a shot in my lifetime? I can dream
     
  6. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,351) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Damnit, can’t read without WSJ subscription.

    Along the lines of this thread, for a long time I have wondered how trappist beers that are widely available are able to be produced on that scale solely by the monks. Specifically I have wondered about St Bernardus, but now that I think of it I’m guessing St Bernardus isn’t in fact authentic trappist anymore.
     
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  7. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,351) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Self quoting to confirm that indeed St Bernardus not trappist. However, still curious as to some of the others like Orval and Chimay which seem to be literally everywhere.
     
  8. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,485) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    They aren't. As noted in the WSJ quoted section in the OP:
    And from the Trappist website itself:
    Though, IIRC, the number and percentage of lay workers varies quite a bit from brewery to brewery.
     
  9. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    The beers don't have to be produced by the monks, but monks have to oversee the production
    From the Inside Beer article about
    Achel losing status


    The abbey can own a huge non-profit brewery with a full staff, but it can't be called “Trappist” without a Trappist monk overseeing operations.[/U]
     
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  10. SILVER

    SILVER Initiate (195) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    St. Bernardus is an Abbey ale, that's why.
     
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