from my friend, Jim Ritchhart......
The cistercian monks of the abbey of the Mount des Cats, situated in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, less than five kilometers from the Belgian border, are preparing to brew a blond beer that will conform to all the standards of a Trappist beer. It would be the eighth beer of this type in the world. The six Belgian Trappistes breweries are divided up on either side of the linguistic border, Westvleteren, Westmalle and Achel in Flanders; Chimay, Rochefort and Orval in Wallonia. The Netherlands, LaTrappe from the monastery Koningshoeven (Tilburg) is also a Trappiste brewery.
France now completes this picture. A beer already was brewed at the Mount des Cats in the second half of the 19th century. The brewing activity however was interrupted at the beginning of the 20th century.
The new beer will become available June 16. For material reasons, the beer is not currently being brewed within the abbey walls, but is being brewed at another Trappiste community having access to intermingling installations. According to certain sources connected with the brewing, quoted by the Flemish media, the beer currently is produced at Chimay but the production could be transferred as early as the end of this year to the Mount des Cats.
The logo 'Authentic Trappist Product', affixed on the bottles of authentic Trappiste products will not appear initially on the label of the beer of the Mount des Cats. The new beer will be subject to the regulations and requirements of the International Association Trappiste before being able to affix the official logo to the label. The French abbey already produces cheese recognized by the Trappiste organization. For the new beer to be qualified and recognized by the Trappiste organization, it must be brewed within the abbey walls and under the supervision of monks from that abbey. In addition, a part of the income of the sale must be used for the upkeep and missions of that particular order.