Italian beer Tre Fontane recognized as Trappist May 12 2015, 0 Comments

Translated from De Standaard, May 11, 2015
(Belgian national newspaper)

In early May the beer Tre Fontane was officially recognized as an ‘Authentic Trappist Product’, the Internationale Vereniging Trappist (International Trappist Association) (IVT) reported on Monday.

Tre Fontane, the eponymous abbey in Rome, is the eleventh official Trappist beer in the world and the first Italian beer that gets the honor.

As well as beer, the Abbey Tre Fontane also produces olive oil, honey, chocolate and a liqueur. Early this year the monks served an application to the IVT for granting the Trappist label their beer. After visiting the abbey and an official tasting it has just been officially recognized.

Tre Fontane is a high fermentation beer with an alcohol content of 8.5 percent. It is brewed according to the recipe of the monastic community of Tre Fontane. The beer has a mild sweet aftertaste caused by the eucalyptus herb flavour that purifies and refreshes, says the IVT. ‘The bitterness of the hops keeps this sweetness in balance’, it says.

The monks of Tre Fontane will brew 1,000 hectoliters annually. It is only for sale in the shop of the abbey itself and some cafés and restaurants in Rome.

In total there are now eleven official Trappist beers:

  • Six Belgian (Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and Westvleteren)
  • Two Dutch (La Trappe and Zundert)
  • The Austrian Engelszell
  • Spencer from the United States
  • The new Italian Tre Fontane