Why are Enkel trappist beers not sold publicly?

What is an Enkel beer?

Patersbier is also known as enkel, meaning “single” in Dutch. The style likely came about when monks did an additional sparge of a mash to extract leftover sugars. Once collected, it is brewed as its own beer and turned into a highly sessionable beer. This long-practiced brewing technique is known as parti-gyle.

What’s the difference between abbey and Trappist beer?

Trappist beers are abbey beers that are still brewed by Trappist monks, while abbey beers are beers that were once brewed by monks, but are now being brewed by secular breweries, on the monastic estate or in reference to the abbey. So a Trappist is an abbey beer. But an abbey beer is not necessarily a Trappist.

How many monasteries still brew Trappist beer?

Fourteen monasteries

Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist monks. Fourteen monasteries—six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, and one each in Austria, Italy, England, France, Spain and the United States—currently produce Trappist beer as members of the International Trappist Association (ITA).

Are Trappist beers good?

Trappist ales are consistently rated some of the best beers in the world – and in fact Westvleteren XII was named the world’s best beer in 2012 – but getting your hands on some of them can seem downright impossible.

Does New Belgium still make abbey?

This beer is no longer being produced by the brewery.