A New Trappist Beer

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2014/01/15 16:53:20 (permalink)

A New Trappist Beer

Local, to me, St Joseph Abby in Spencer Mass has long been known for jams and jellies. Now they are going to make beer, on a fairly large scale. They are building a state of the art brewery, with more capacity than the typical craft brewer. Once they have a tasting room, it can be part of a road trip to include (in no particular order) Hot Dog Annies, Cony Island Hot Dogs, Ronnies , and the Black and White.
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    BuddyRoadhouse
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/01/15 17:44:06 (permalink)
    NPR just did a feature story on these guys last night.  Interesting stuff.  Apparently, there are very specific rules stating what can and can't be called "Trappist Beer", similar to the rules that govern use of the name "Champagne".  Based on those rules there are only seven or eight Trappist Breweries in the world, with St. Joseph Abbey being the most recent addition--and the first in America!
     
    Wish I were more of a beer drinker so I could better appreciate their product.
     
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/01/15 18:37:12 (permalink)
    Here is a public radio account.
     
    http://www.pri.org/storie...ts-first-trappist-beer
     
    Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist monks in 10 monasteries around the world. Just the one now in the United States.
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trappist_beer
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/24 13:57:50 (permalink)
    I have not had it yet. The 1st batch sold out quick according to the news. My local store sold out his allocation of 10 cases on the first day without advertisement or fanfare. I'm sure that it will be in general circulation soon. Now the big story up here is Yeungling (sp?) coming to town.
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/24 21:33:31 (permalink)
    Pretty cool! Can't wait to give em' a try. Heres a link to "A day in the life of"                       {code}http://spencerbrewery.com{/code}  
    post edited by Turtle66 - 2014/04/26 00:00:04
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/25 10:03:37 (permalink)
    Here is a recent article in the Growler magazine.
     
    Who are the Trappists anyway?
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/25 10:39:32 (permalink)
    I have been to all 6 Trappist monasteries in Belgium.  My favorite is Chimay.
    http://www.chimay.com/en/en.html?IDC=27 
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/25 13:32:24 (permalink)
    Thanks for this information, as I've wanted to try Chimay, but as far as a foreign beer, I really only have a taste for the witbieren such as Hefeweizen and Hoegaarden (the first one I tasted that got me started on them). I hope Chimay has one similar - my local Joe Canal's seems to have a nice display of it, warm and refrigerated. I'd also like to try the Spencer Trappist Ale that was mentioned a few posts up, but I'll have to research the internet to get an idea of what the flavor's like.
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/25 14:30:47 (permalink)
    I was a trappist when I was a kid. I started trappisting when I was 8 -- mostly muskrats. Boy, you should have heard my mother the day she came home and caught me skinning a few rats on the kitchen table.
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/25 16:34:24 (permalink)
    harriet1954

    Thanks for this information, as I've wanted to try Chimay, but as far as a foreign beer, I really only have a taste for the witbieren such as Hefeweizen and Hoegaarden (the first one I tasted that got me started on them). I hope Chimay has one similar - my local Joe Canal's seems to have a nice display of it, warm and refrigerated. I'd also like to try the Spencer Trappist Ale that was mentioned a few posts up, but I'll have to research the internet to get an idea of what the flavor's like.

    Sorry, Harriet, but none of the Trappist/Abbey breweries have anything even remotely similar to Hoegaarden.
    They are completely different styles.
    Some of the best witbiers in the world are now made in USA.  When the creator of Hoegaarden, Pierre Celis, sold his company, he moved to Texas and started Celis Brewery, which was later bought by Miller, I think.
    Coors makes Blue Moon, which is also in the wit style.
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/02/28 12:55:13 (permalink)
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    Thanks for this information, as I've wanted to try Chimay, but as far as a foreign beer, I really only have a taste for the witbieren such as Hefeweizen and Hoegaarden (the first one I tasted that got me started on them). I hope Chimay has one similar - my local Joe Canal's seems to have a nice display of it, warm and refrigerated. I'd also like to try the Spencer Trappist Ale that was mentioned a few posts up, but I'll have to research the internet to get an idea of what the flavor's like.

    Sorry, Harriet, but none of the Trappist/Abbey breweries have anything even remotely similar to Hoegaarden.
    They are completely different styles.
    Some of the best witbiers in the world are now made in USA.  When the creator of Hoegaarden, Pierre Celis, sold his company, he moved to Texas and started Celis Brewery, which was later bought by Miller, I think.
    Coors makes Blue Moon, which is also in the wit style.

     
    Thank you, PP ! I don't like Blue Moon at all. I like the Hefeweizens a lot, though. I've drank Paulaner, and I'd like to try Ayinger. I do remember reading about Hoegaarden moving out of Belgium. I wanted to ask if you think that the Chimay Gold would be too bitter (of course, my bitter may be totally different than your bitter LOL).

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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/03/05 10:43:30 (permalink)
    Harriet, Trappist beers have a very different flavor profile from the German weissbiers.  Different yeasts, different flavors.  The Germans tend toward banana and clove-like flavors, while the abbey ales have more spicy notes.  Bitterness (hop levels) doesn't really play a large role in either style.
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/03/05 12:13:17 (permalink)
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    Harriet, Trappist beers have a very different flavor profile from the German weissbiers.  Different yeasts, different flavors.  The Germans tend toward banana and clove-like flavors, while the abbey ales have more spicy notes.  Bitterness (hop levels) doesn't really play a large role in either style.

     
    OK, thank you very much.

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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/03/14 18:11:25 (permalink)
    I finally had it. I bought a 4 pak "on special" at 16.99 (0ouch!!!!), and IMHO it is beer (they call it an ale), a good beer, but not a  4 or 5 dollar beer. I understand it is $10 in a bar. I'm no beer expert, but in a blind taste test, I doubt that I could pick it out as the expensive beer. Time will tell if they find a market, but it will not be me.
     
    Update.......it shows what I know.  A local store has a sign, "Spencer is sold out, next order is spoken for, leave name and email to get on the list for the next batch" A bunch of names were on the list. Go figure....... I thought that the economy was rough.....
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    Re:A New Trappist Beer 2014/03/15 02:20:07 (permalink)
    Another new Trappist beer:
    New Trappist Beer: Brewery De Kievit Of Maria Toevlucht Abbey Brews Zundert Trappist In The Netherlands
    http://chowpapi.com/wordp...st-in-the-netherlands/
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