Zundert Trappist 8 Ale Heads to U.S. Shelves

i-zundert-trappist-8Brouwerij De Kievit (Netherlands) and Merchant du Vin have officially announced that Zundert Trappist 8 Ale will launch in the U.S. this summer.

One of only 11 Trappist breweries in the world, Brouwerij De Kievit is located “in the quiet countryside outside the village of Zundert, near the Belgian border”, at Abbey Maria Toevlucht, Netherlands.  After visiting several Trappist breweries in 2011, the monks at the abbey decided to establish Brouwerij De Kievit, “developed a beer to their taste” and started selling Zundert Trappist 8 Ale in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2013. Built in one of the abbey’s historic farm buildings, Brouwerij De Kievit – “The Lapwing Brewery” – is named for the lapwing weathervane on the building’s roof and “also uses the beautiful crested northern lapwing in their logo.”

The “slightly unruly” Zundert Trappist 8 is a bottle conditioned and chestnut-colored Belgian-style Tripel that “you have to take time to understand.”  This complex Trappist Ale offers an “aroma of caramel, herbs and spices; initially floral and slightly sweet; character develops from light caramel to a lovely, dry, mellow hoppy bitterness as the flavor opens.”  Clocking in at a slow-sipping 8% ABV, Zundert Trappist 8 “evolves with each taste and defines a new chapter in the book of excellent Trappist ales.”

Zundert Trappist 8 Ale will roll out in the U.S. during the summer of 2018. You can expect to find this offering available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and all other areas of the U.S. regularly serviced by Merchant du Vin.  Prost!

Vital Information for Zundert Trappist 8 Ale from Brouwerij De Kievit

Release – Year-Round, launching in the U.S. during the summer of 2018
Style – Tripel
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 28
Ingredients – “Water, barley malt, candi sugar, hops, yeast, herbs”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Peking duck with hoisin sauce, goat cheeses, grilled tuna, spicy Southeast Asian cuisine, Boerenkoolstamppot (hearty mashed vegetables and potatoes, a traditional Dutch meal), mosselen (mussels).”
Serving Recommendations – Zundert Trappist 8 is “traditionally enjoyed in Zundert chalices at 45-50 °F.”
Availability – 11.2 oz. bottles