A New Trappist Brewery for the UK

Trappist beers are highly revered with the likes of Orval, Westmalle and Westvleteren making some of the best and most critically acclaimed beers in the world.

There were eleven trappist breweries, six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, plus one in Austria the USA and Italy, however in an exciting development Trappist beer is now being produced in the UK by a group of Cistercian monks based at the Mount St Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire. The monks have built a 20-hectolitre brewery, which means they can brew 2,000 litres of beer at a time. This follows years of extensive work including fact finding visits to the Westvleteren, Achel and Westmalle breweries.

Their first beer will be called Tynt Meadow named after the meadow on which Cistercian monks first settled in 1835. The beer will have an ABV of 7.4% and is expected to be produced in 300 ml bottles. The beer has been described as a style somewhere between a strong brown ale and a barley wine.

Trappist Beer is controlled and governed by the International Trappist Association which dictates that the beer must be brewed within the abbey either by, or under the supervision of the monks. Brewing must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it is not intended to be a profit-making venture. The income raised covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Any additional funds are donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need.

At Twelve Hundred Postcards we love trappist beer and we will be selling several of these when open. We salute the Trappist brewers and can’t wait to try the new beer of Mount St Bernard Abbey.

Dave Brumley