Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sierra Set To Brew Trappist Ales

 Tuesday Sierra Nevada announced that they will partner with the
Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux. This will be the first time Trappist Ales, in the true Trappist tradition have ever been brewed in America.
  Located in Vina, California, the Abbey of New Clairvaux is a Cistercian Abbey of Strict Observance (Trappist). The abbey was founded in 1955 on 590 acres of  Leland Stanford’s famed Vina Ranch. The monks follow the Rule of St. Benedict-Ora est Labora (Prayer and Work) and spend their days in prayer, meditation, and tending to the labor of the working farm located at the abbey.
  This series of three Belgian -style Abbey ales will be brewed in accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the Trappist monks. Each beer in this limited release series, will rotate through the seasons. The first beer in the series, scheduled for release in March 2011, will be a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with authentic Trappist yeast. The second beer in the series, scheduled for release in July, will be a Saison, the traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale made in honor of the Monk’s dedication to labor in the fields surrounding their abbey. The third will be released in time for the holidays. It will be a Trappist-style Quadrupel rich with dark fruit flavors and the unique wine-like characters of these strong Abbey ales.          

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