Claude was really smart for his age. Parents recognized his talents and knew they could not afford to send him to school, so they made an especially hard decision and brought him to the vast complex at the outskirts of the village Soligny, France. It was year 1098, the year the Trappist order was born.
The young boy received great education from some fine scholars of his time and further developed his skills and became a fine monk. His specialty was brewing beer. Name of the abbey was Notre-Dame de la Trappe.
Claude’s fellow monks were involved in many daily activities like sheep farming, cheese-making, collecting herbs, viticulture, and also brewing. Almost a millennium later most of the abbeys, monasteries and cloisters ceased to exist, but some of those that are still around have become famous for their products.
Duff, trappists and d’oh
Trappist orders of monks have given modern society a lot to fill one’s mouth, warm your body, heal yourself, and even wash your palate. You might have heard of trappist cheese, or maybe some special type of wool for archbishops’ clothes, or regionally well-known herb collector and medicine man from Slovenia. In today’s blog I will focus my attention to beer.
There can be many arguments about the best known beer in the world. Some would say Bud or Budweiser. Why? Well, we all know the joke about it being very close to water.
Others perhaps know Duff. It’s Homer Simpson’s beer of choice. Did you know that all three varieties of Duff (regular, light, and dry) are actually the same beer?
Beer connoisseurs on the other hand would prefer a special beer. Something that has a distinct colour, full body, exquisite taste, and comes with tradition as well as rich history is embodied only in a handful of beers.