Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist breweries: Eleven monasteries — six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands and one in Austria, Italy and United States. These monastary breweries currently brew beer and sell it as a Authentic Trappist Product. Monastery brewhouses from different religious orders have existed across Europe since the Middle Ages, with beer brewed in French Cistercian monasteries following the Strict Observance. The monastery of La Trappe in Soligny had its own brewery in 1685. Breweries were later introduced in monasteries of other countries as the Trappist order spread from France to the rest of Europe. The Trappists originally brewed beer to feed the community.
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