Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin will add to its already impressive portfolio of monk-brewed ales when it brings De Kievit Trappist Brewery’s Zundert brand to the U.S. this summer.
Abbey Toevlucht, home to De Kievit, was established in the 1900 in the quiet Netherlands 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 crested northern lapwing in its logo.
Here’s how Merchant du Vin describes the beer:
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.
Zundert Trappis 8 is 8.0 percent ABV, with an original gravity of 1.072 and 28 IBU.
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.
Merchant du Vin’s Trappist portfolio also includes Westmalle, Orval and Rochefort.