Dating back to the Middle Ages, Trappist beers are any of the ales produced by the six brewing abbeys still in existence (Schaapskooi in the Netherlands; Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, St. Sixtus and Westmalle in Belgium). They're generally dark amber to brown in color, strongly flavored and range in alcohol from about 6 to 12 percent. See also beer.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.