What is a Trappist Beer ?
The "Trappist beer" trademark is legally protected and may only be used if the production of the beer takes place within the monastery walls under the supervision of the monks.
The International Trappist Association (ITA) takes care that member communities develop a good balance between their commercial goals and their spiritual heritage. It helps and supports them in this endeavour. It does this in the following ways:
- by protecting the brand name Trappist® and the common economic interests of Trappist communities;
- by providing reliable information about the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance;
- by fostering cooperation between the abbeys;
- by developing a network of solidarity and cooperation with other Trappist abbeys.
Only trappist abbeys can use the 'Trappist®' mark and the 'Authentic Trappist Product'-logo. The Trappist appellation is first and foremost a certification of origin. It can never be used by another brewer.
In addition, each Trappist beer produced by Trappist abbeys has a unique recipe and a unique yeast. There is therefore no brewing style that could justify making a comparable product.
Only six Belgian beers can use the name Trappist: Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and Westvleteren.
For more information regarding the International Trappist Association and the ATP logo: www.trappist.be.