"When the farming business could no longer provide the basic support, the leading abbot, Nivardus Schweykart, decided to start a small brewery in 1884. Beer was the preferred drink of the people, so there were plenty of breweries. Nivardus Schweykart, himself the son of a brewer, sent monk Isidorus Laaber to Munich to learn the brewing process."
Here at the Independent Bar Tampa, we obviously take our beers pretty seriously, and still for us the concept of a monastery brewing beer with all the history and experience of the old world gives us a lot of excitement whenever we have the oportunity to get these rare brews on tap.
Enter De Koningshoeven Brewery in the Netherlands; the only Trappist brewing abbey not in Belgium. Their Quadrupel in the original Trappist tradition is an exceptional brew, cellar aged, and being a Quad it's even stronger than a triple. A unique Trappist beer, it's put in the cellars of the abbey for further fermentation for a year before it gets to see the light of day again. The strongest beer offered by the brewery, La Trappe is at an ABV or 10% and has aromas that blossom while in the glass. This amber colored brew has a warm taste and is full and well-balanced. A little bit sweet and pleasantly bitter.
On tap for a limited time with a limited availability.