On 23 January 2021, The Brussels Times posted that Belgium is one Trappist brewery poorer. Trappist brewers are a special subset of the Benedictine Order. To be classified as a Trappist beer, the brewery must comply with the strict set of rules of the International Trappist Association (ITA). One of the requirements the ITA has for a beer to call itself a Trappist is that it must be brewed within the confines of the monastery, and the beer should be under the direct authority of the monks themselves. These strict regulations mean that there are only 14 authentic Trappist beers in the world, with six of them in Belgium. Sadly, the last monk of the abbey of the Achelse Kluis in Hamont-Achel has died. This means that the beer can no longer display the ITA logo, which brings the number of Trappist breweries in Belgium down to five.
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