SEATTLE — Merchant du Vin and De Kievit Trappist Brewery, in Abbey Maria Toevlucht, Netherlands, are pleased to announce that Zundert Trappist Ale will be available in the US this summer.
The abbey was established in 1900 in the quiet countryside outside the village of Zundert, near the Belgian border. The brewery, built in one of the abbey’s historical farm buildings, began selling beer in 2013. The lapwing weathervane on the roof inspired the name of the brewery, and remains in place still: Brouwerij De Kievit – “The Lapwing Brewery” – also uses the beautiful crested northern lapwing in their logo.
Zundert Trappist 8 Ale shows clear chestnut-brown color, a bouquet of herbal spice, and layered, fruity depth wrapped around caramel malt. Dry, complex, bottle-conditioned; Zundert evolves with each taste and defines a new chapter in the book of excellent Trappist ales. ABV 8.0%; OG 1.072; IBU 28.
There are only 11 Trappist breweries in the world. A beer displaying the “Authentic Trappist Product” logo on the package must be made at a brewery within the walls of a Trappist (Cistercian) monastery; the ownership of the brewery must be by the monks of that community; and the final profits from the beer must be passed along to charity.