Came across this article from Ray Daniels twitter feed (Cicerone_org).
Some nifty facts from the article:
There are only 7 official trappist breweries in existence today
6 in Belgium:
1 from the Netherlands
- La Trappe
Chimay, exports around 45% of its 160,000 hectoliters output, and their beer sales help to support 95 lay workers and abbeys abroad.
It's a great article that is definitely worth a read. At the very least it provides an excuse to go out and purchase a trappist beer to help keep the tradition going (and to enjoy as well).