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Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist breweries. Eleven monasteries — six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands and one each in Austria, Italy and United States — currently brew beer and sell it as Authentic Trappist Product.

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Are there examples of "Trappist" beers that lost that label (or ceased to exist)?

For a pubquiz, I am looking for a "Trappist" beer that lost that label (preferably), or ceased to exist. All I can find are the current 12 Trappists, nothing about old ones.
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Belgian Styles brewed in Seattle?

Suggestions on breweries that brew Belgian styles within Seattle city limits?
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What's the difference between normal beer and trappist?

What's the difference between normal beer and trappist? Is there any difference in flavour or brewing style?
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How long in advance do you need to order Westvleteren?

I'm thinking of going to Belgium for a week's holiday in the autumn and this time take the car from the UK. This would be perfect for stopping by the monks at Westvleteren and buying a case of beer. ...
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Why are dubbels generally dark while most tripels are not?

In my experience, dubbels are often fairly dark, brown ales, while tripels are much clearer and lighter (of colour). Why is that?
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Why are Enkel trappist beers not sold publicly?

The four grades of Trappist beer are Enkel, Dubbel, Triple and Quadrupel. Dubbel and triple are most common and occasionally, we see quadrupel.   Is there a history account of how the grades ...
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Ordering Beer from Belgium

I'm looking to order some beer online from some Trappist Belgian breweries. Shipping internationally, obviously, to Washington State in the USA. What are the best (e.g., cheapest, most reliable) sites ...
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When the Trappist foundation was founded in 1997, were there breweries which didn't get the label although they succeeded to the conditions?

So from a previous question I learned that the Trappist foundation was founded in 1997 by 6 Belgian breweries one from the Netherlands and one from Germany. But were there other breweries which ...
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Why are there so few "real" trappists and why are six from them from belgium

I was wondering why there are so few trappists and how is it that from the eleven trappists 6 of them are from Belgium. Why aren't the breweries more spread over the world? Does it have something do ...
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Distinguishing features between Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12

I thought this would make for an interesting question because Westvleteren 12 has now earned a mythic ethos. They've given their product a mystique that's driven up demand to a huge degree, and caused ...
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Is there an example of the Trappist style that's considered the best of the style?

I read in a blog post a few months ago that Westvleteren 12 is considered one of the, if not the, best example of a Trappist. I had one shortly after and it was a very, very good beer, although I don'...
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Does the process of shipping Trappists to Ontario, Canada damage the beer?

In the past few years I've become more interested in Trappist beers (who wouldn't be?). Buying a Chimay or a Rochefort at the LCBO in Ontario is something I now do on the regular. However, I've heard ...
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How to chill a 30cl bottle to "cellar" temperature?

I got my hand on a few bottles of Trappist Westvleteren (yay!) and of course I want to drink it at the right temperature. The "right" temperature is "cellar", but alas, I do not have a cellar. What ...
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What are abbey beers? How did they come about? Why do monks brew beer?

What are abbey beers? How did they come about? Why did monks brew beer? Does the monks still brew beer or is it done by brewing companies now?
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What is the difference between Trappist beer and Abbey Beer?

Abbaye Bier (Abbey Beer) refer to monastic beer brewed by monks. And there is almost Trappist beer brewed by monks but specifically from Trappist monasteries. But what is the difference in terms of ...
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How do Trappists Brew so much?

I'm pleasantly surprised to find a small selection of Trappist beers for sale at a venue in Inner City Brisbane, Australia. A quick look at the Chimay website (one of the beers available) shows a ...
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How do I categorize Orval?

Orval has a very distinct taste, but I'm not quite sure how I should categorize it?