The "historical" trappist breweries.

The Abbey of Our Lady of La Trappe (France)

The legendary abbey of La Trappe, in Soligny, county of Orne, France, is associated with the origin of the Trappist order which carries its name.  On 16 November 1685, the abbey was visited by R.P Dom Dominique Georges, superior father and general vicar of the Strict Observance.  Dom Dominique was welcomed by the abbot of La Trappe, Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rancé, considered by many to be one of the founders of the Trappist community.

Dom Dominique’s visit to La Trappe is described in the book “Histoire des trappistes du Val-Sainte-Marie.”  In this book’s discussion of the various Trappist monasteries in France, we read that in Soligny, “at the bottom of the garden, on a brook which comes from ponds, there is a brewery to make some beer.”

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