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Protecting the "TRAPPIST" name

We are aware that our "family name" has economic value. It's not without reason that producers of consumer goods (who know how to appeal to the imagination of their potential customers) so often allude to the monastic world! That's why we want to protect the monastic economies which support our communities against unfair competition. 

Even before Word War II, Trappists were trying to protect the name of "Trappist beer". The monks of Orval were quite concsientious in taking the interests of the Trappists to heart by hiring a lawyer and instituting legal proceedings. Since the name “Trappist” referred to the origin of the product, any businesses which subsequently and unjustly made use of the name “Trappist” or “Trappist Beer” could be sued for dishonest business practices. On September 6, 1985, the Commercial Court in Brussels made it even more explicit:  “It is now common knowledge that customers attribute special standards of quality to products made by monastic communities, and this is especially true of Trappist monasteries."  The 'International Trappist Association' (ITA) was established and the “Authentic Trappist Product” label was created to ensure the consumer of the origin and authenticity of these products, especially in the beer market where a considerable number of brands portray themselves using a “religious” image even though the products don’t come from a monastery. 

Our label guarantees the monastic origin of the products as well as the fact that they measure up to the quality and traditional standards rooted in the monastic life of a real Trappist community.  Even though this label can be used on other products, at present it is only used on beer, liqueur, cheese, bread, biscuits and chocolates. 
At present, the only monasteries authorized to use the “Trappist” label on their products are:

  • Achel (B): for beer
  • Orval (B): for beer and cheese
  • Scourmont-Lez-Chimay (B): for beer and cheese
  • Rochefort (B): for beer
  • Westmalle (B): for beer and cheese
  • Westvleteren (B): for beer
  • Koningshoeven in Tilburg (NL): for beer, bread, cookies, chocolates and jams
  • Echt - Tegelen (NL): for liqueurs
  • Stift Engelszell (AT): for liqueurs and beers
  • Mont des Cats (FR) : for cheese
Zundert (NL): for beer -Spencer (USA) : for beer