Zundert Trappist 8
The History of Zundert Trappist 8
The Abbey of Zundert decided to begin brewing beer after the monks determined that their farm was too heavy to maintain. Beginning in 2011, the monks researched and visited other Trappist breweries and started to build a brewery for themselves. Over the following two years, the monks developed a beer to their taste and made it available in the Netherlands and Belgium. In September 2018, export to the United States starts through Merchant du Vin. Producing just 5,000 hL annually (about 4,300 BBL), Zundert is one of the smallest Trappist breweries in the world.
A beer that the abbey describes as ‘slightly unruly’ – Zundert Trappist 8 is a beer you must take time to savor and understand. Chestnut-colored and bottle-conditioned, with aroma of caramel, herbs and spices; initially floral and slightly sweet; character develops from light caramel to a lovely, dry, mellow hoppy bitterness as the flavor opens. Brewed within the walls of Zundert Trappist Monastery by the monks of the abbey.
Peking duck with hoisin sauce, goat cheeses, grilled tuna, spicy Southeast Asian cuisine, Boerenkoolstamppot (hearty mashed vegetables and potatoes, a traditional Dutch meal), mosselen (mussels). Traditionally enjoyed in Zundert chalices at 45-50 °F.
90 points, Beverage Testing Institute, August 2018
Product Sizes and Quantities
11.2-ounce (330 ml) bottles / 12 per case
ABV: 8.0% – OG: 1.074 – IBU: 29
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, candi sugar, hops, yeast, herbs.
Zundert Trappist Brewery
The monastery – “Abdij Maria Toevlucht” is the home of the Zundert Trappist Brewery. An opportunity for a new monastery in the Netherlands arose in 1897, when Miss Anna Catharina van Dongen from the town of Zundert gifted a piece of land to the Abbot of the Koningshoeven Abbey. It was decided that the church would build an abbey on the land, a refuge for French monks called “Our Lady of Refuge.”
After financial troubles, the brothers of Our Lady of Refuge left with their horse and cart in the direction of the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle, where they were met with open arms. The brothers were able to return home and build a church on the grounds of Our Lady of Refuge. It soon grew to become home for 80 monks, but a monastery of that size was unsustainable. In 2007, the sixth abbot of the abbey was selected, and the cattle farm came to an end. Between 2000 and 2005 several of the abbey buildings were extended and renovated. The brewery was built in 2011 and beer production started in 2013. At the moment, there are 21 monks who make up the Trappist community of Zundert.
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