Beers brewed by monks to fund their monasteries are doing double-good-duty this weekend at Norey’s.
Trappist beers have long been world-renowned as some of the finest beers ever brewed. This Memorial Day Weekend, Norey’s will have ten different Trappist beers on tap and those drinking can take comfort in the knowledge that part of the money they spend will be going to Clean Ocean Access, a local non-profit dedicated to ensuring clean beaches and waters.
Monastery brewhouses, from different religious orders, have existed across Europe since the Middle Ages. From the very beginning, beer was brewed in French Cistercian monasteries following the Strict Observance. For example, the monastery of La Trappe in Soligny already had its own brewery in 1685. Breweries were later introduced in monasteries of other countries as the Trappist order spread from France into the rest of Europe. The Trappists, like many other religious people, originally brewed beer to feed the community, in a perspective of self-sufficiency. Nowadays, Trappist breweries also brew beer to fund their works and charitable causes. Many of the Trappist monasteries and breweries were destroyed during the French Revolution and the World Wars. Among the monastic breweries, the Trappists were certainly the most active brewers. In the last 300 years, there were at least nine Trappist breweries in France, six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, one in Germany, one in Austria, one in Bosnia and possibly other countries.
Trappist beers are the origin of the “Belgian-style” beers which have become extremely popular as the United States has embraced higher-end beers. The styles will be familiar to most craft beer drinkers. Dubbels, Tripels and Quads give beer drinkers a less-bitter alternative to IPAs, while they tend to be higher in ABV that macro-brews.
The following beers will be available:
Famous for being both the newest Trappist Brewery and the only one located in the United States, the Spencer Brewery is affiliated with the St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The monks pledged to only make one beer in the first five years of operation and Norey’s will have this 6.5% abv Blonde Ale on tap.
Chimay is possibly the most widely-known Trappist brewery in the world and its beers may be better known by their label colors than their actual names. Chimay is located at the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium.
The Chimay Première is the brewery’s oldest beer and has a coppery color and sweet, fruity taste making this dark ale particularly tasty. It comes in at 7% abv.
Grand Reserve (Blue)
The Chimay Grande Réserve is a dark ale with a powerful aroma and complex flavor. This 9% abv heavy hitter will be available Friday night at 156 Broadway.
Cinq Cents (White)
Chimay’s triple, with its golden hue, offers a rare balance of mellowness and bitterness and a stronger 8% abv.
Amber in color and featuring spicy, floral and fruity notes, this 7.5% Belgian strong pale ale was brewed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey and is named after the abbey’s first brewer.
The La Trappe Quadrupel is a big 10% abv beer introduced 25 years ago. It has a rich, warming and intense flavor; Malty with notes of sweet persimmons and caramel.
With hints of vanilla, caramel and roast chocolate, this beer’s fruity aroma is a fine match for its malty, caramel flavor and 7% abv.
Stift Engelszell is Austria’s only Trappist brewery and brings its own style to the brewing process.
With a deep dark chestnut color and an aroma of chestnut, cashew and honey, this big 10.5% abv beer brings flavors of chestnut, honeycomb, licorice, mocha, cocoa, raisin, sour cherry, and eucalyptus, while wine yeast brings sweet and sour notes.
Lighter than the Gregorious, Benno is a fruitier beer coming in at 6.9% abv and has aromas of tangerine, slate, tropical fruit, apricot jam and amaretto, while the drinker may experience flavors of sourdough, cherry and white grape flavors with a hint of mint.
See you Friday
Norey’s doors open at 4pm. We hope to see you here! RSVP at our Facebook Event!