Abbey and abbey-style beers
Abbey beers (Bières d'Abbaye or Abdijbier) are either:
- brewed by a commercial brewer with license from an existing abbey; or
- branded with the name of a defunct or fictitious abbey by a commercial brewer; or
- given a vaguely monastic branding, without mentioning a specific monastery, by a commercial brewer.
Abbey beers include dubbels and tripels, the most recognizable and distinctive Trappist types.
Some beer writers warn against assuming that closeness of connection with a real monastery is indicative of quality of product.
Various Abbey beers include Inbev's Leffe, Affligem, Grimbergen, Maredsous, St. Bernardus, Tripel Karmeliet, Saint-Feuillien, Floreffe, and Val-Dieu.
If the 1st condition is fulfilled, then it's real and certified Abbey-beer thus you may find an appropriate logo (a Gothic window shape) from the label. Otherwise, the beer is just an abbey-style beer.
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