While such beers are considered individualistic rather than similar, in response to the marketing of a “Trappist style” beer by an American brewer, five Belgian Monasteries and one Dutch formed the International Trappist Association to protect their products from becoming a commercial style. Their label “Authentic Trappist Product” may only apply to the Beers from Chimay, Orval, Westmalle, Westvleteren and Rochefort here and La Trappe in the Netherlands.
Produced by the Trappist Monks in the breweries according to the tradition of their respective monasteries, their special beers have had great success, notably Chimay, Orval (which are called classics) and Westmalle.
Abbey -style brews:
Other excellent special (non pilsener, non lager) beers are produced commercially often under licensing agreements with non-Trappist monasteries (Norbertine and Benedictine). They are Grimbergen, Leffe and Abbaye de Bonne Espérence. Others with monastic looking labels such as Moinette are based on the close location of the brewery or simple the style of beer.
The big conspiracy, or : Why you should never put so many crazy VT-ers together in one room without sufficient oxigen! `-)
At the Vagant we all sat together. After a couple of drinks we started to tell what was occupying our minds for the past couple of months: the new VT and ratings aaaah…
And we could not but express our envy for all those who got higher in rank then poor us!
And one person came to our mind that really was beating us all!!! Matt from Poland!
We all agreed something had to be done to make his ratings go down! He was a real VT danger to all of us. But what could we do?
The guy’s pages are so terrific good! One might think we could send him annoying e-mails but then we risk to get deleted from the site… no one dared to take that chance.
Would another drink bring solution?
Then came the rubbing the card with the smelly Dutch cheese…. To give the card it’s special flavour!
And then finally, the finishing touch! Two magnificent red lipstick lips!
We could not post the card as an ordinary one so we put it in a blood red envelope heheehe!!!!
And waited for the smashing result `-)
By the time we were sipping on our second glass and started to write postcards to our beloved VT-friends who could not join us for several reasons, the light came over us! Aaah an Idea!!!
What if we would send Matt the most compromising postcard ever? Maybe he would then no longer be allowed at home to go on VT hehehe…
So we started… first came the imprints of the beer glasses… more beer, more circles on the card
But you know what??!!! Matt loved his card! It even gets better! LOL
He has put it on his homepage!!!!
This time we didn’t succeed… maybe at the next meeting then `-)
The biggest danger is that you will stuff yourself silly and drink yourself senseless from the fabulous food and beer available in this city ;) This pic is from the Kulminator.