The Trappist Breweries of the Ardennes

For cyclists, the Ardennes is a place more commonly associated with bergs than beers, drawing fans and pros alike to its famous roads each year for three of the sport’s classic races. But for four Rapha riders, it was the idea of connecting three monastic breweries using these historic race routes that drew them to Belgium. Here, Gerben Gerritsen shares the story of his Trappist brewery tour.

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There are only 11 Trappist breweries in the world, and although many breweries find inspiration from the monk-crafted Trappist beer, strict criteria govern the right to brew and sell authentic Trappist products. The artistry that happens within the walls of a Trappist monastery, and the passion that accompanies the monks’ supervision, is good reason for preserving the Trappist moniker. Read More

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Filmed & Directed by: Kristian Walter & Martin Gilluck
Music: Waylon Thornton



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