Other so called "trappist" beers #1

Secular brewers have long known that Trappist beers enjoy a reputation for the highest quality, backed by the strongest traditions. They have consequently been tempted to try to profit themselves from this fame.

From the very start of the 20th century, explicit references to the Trappist beers could be found in commercial documents of secular breweries. Sometimes these secular beers were simply named "Trappists."

Whether they used monastic pictures, frequently representing monks whose clothes looked similar to the Trappist dress, or more directly by using the names of long-closed Cistercian or Trappist abbeys, the one sure result was confusion.

The situation was such that the Trappist breweries had to sue some of these brewers to clear up the situation for consumers.


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