The Abbey of Zundert decided to begin brewing beer after the monks determined that their farm was too heavy to maintain. Beginning in 2011, the monks researched and visited other Trappist breweries and started to build a brewery for themselves. Over the following two years, the monks developed a beer to their taste and made it available in the Netherlands and Belgium. In September 2018, export to the United States starts through Merchant du Vin. Producing just 5,000 hL annually (about 4,300 BBL), Zundert is one of the smallest Trappist breweries in the world.
A beer that the abbey describes as ‘slightly unruly’ - Trappist 8 is a beer you must take time to savor and understand. Chestnut-colored and bottle-conditioned, with aroma of caramel, herbs and spices; initially floral and slightly sweet; character develops from light caramel to a lovely, dry, mellow hoppy bitterness as the flavor opens. Brewed within the walls of Zundert Trappist Monastery by the monks of the abbey.