A Trappist brewery is one located at a monastery and runs under the supervision of Trappist monks. There are currently eleven Trappist breweries in the world, with six in Belgium. These include Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, and Westvleteren. Incidentally, there is one Trappist brewery in the United States, the St. Joseph Abbey in Spencer, MA. Beer in the Trappist style from commercial breweries is called Abbey Ale. These breweries have no current monastic connection but may market in the monastic style. A good example of Abbey Ales are the beers from St. Bernardus.
If you want to know more about Abbey & Trappist ales, check out this informative blog
As we get closer and closer to our first stop in New Orleans, we wanted to take a moment to thank some of our amazing local sponsors and highlight some of the amazing pairings that have been created.
Without the support of the entire team at the Avenue Pub, Steins Deli, St. James Cheese Company, and all the people on the ground in New Orleans that are helping, Nuit Belge would not be possible. Please support these great local businesses and of course the amazing restaurants that are part of this event.
We wanted to highlight three of the incredible pairings that will be featured on Friday February 3, 2017. First off Compere Lapin will be offering Cantillon Fou Foune paired with Pan con tomato with whipped lardo. Cantillon Fou Foune is an apricot lambic from Belgium that is only brewed once each year, and is truly a rare offering not to be missed! Next up Toups South will be featuring Creature Comforts Southerly Love 2 paired with Smoked goat tamales with fermented pepper crema. Creature Comforts is from Athens, GA and is coming to New Orleans just to be part of this amazing week, and you might seem them around town next week. Lastly, we are excited to have Grand Isle serving Great Raft You, Me and Everyone We Know #2 paired with Shrimp cake, braised greens, and blood orange burre fondue. This is the first year for both Grand Isle and Great Raft Brewing from Shreveport, LA to be part of Nuit Belge New Orleans.
Our full menu is below, and you can purhcase your tickets today before they sell out!
Charleston is one of our favorite cities to visit, and we are coming back for the second year on March 25, 2017. The food and craft beer scene is fantastic and presents so many great options for locals and visitors.
One of our favorite locations to visit is Edmund's Oast, they offer a stellar beer menu plus are brewing many of their own beers. To top it off they are offering some of the best food you can find in Charleston. Check out the video below to learn more about Edmund's Oast.
As the entire team at Nuit Belge prepares for our 2017 tour we wanted to take a quick moment and wish all of our freinds and supporters a Happy Holiday season. We are beyond excited for our first tour stop on February 3, 2017 in New Orleans, and have an incredible lineup of chefs and restaurants. Our 2017 will bring lots of exciting new pairings and beers to all cities, so be sure to frequently check our website for the latest. It is also with great excitement that we share that the 2017 Nuit Belge tour is presented by Lexus.
While you are celebrating over the next few days, we wanted to share three Belgian holiday beers you might want to enjoy in front of the fire or beach, depending on where you celebrate.
1-St. Bernardus Christmas Ale: Dark ale brewed in the classic Quadrupel style of Belgium, clocks in at 10% ABV. Expect to taste rich dark malts, apricots, marzipan, and a touch of mint. This is definitley a bottle you want to share.
2-De Dolle Stille Nacht: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, brewed with Belgian candy sugar and Nugget hops for bitterness. This beer is sweet on the front end but the hops and yeast balance it out, ages well at 12% ABV.
3-Blackberry Farm Brewery Winter Saison: This traditional saison has an addition of light and dark wheat to change its apparence and flavor. Expect dark fruit notes to support this flavorfull yeast strain, 6.3% ABV