We're far more interested in what's inside our beer glassware than its design, but that hasn't stopped us from filling up our cabinets with all manner of serving vessels for our favorite libations. In many cases, glassware has developed in tandem with beer styles and drinking particular beers gains an added dimension when you drink the right beer out of the right glass. Though some glass designs have developed only to achieve a certain visual aesthetic there's usually more to the story. Most glassware features specific traits that highlight the unique characteristics of the beer style they were meant to hold.
Chalice or Goblet
It's not hard to tell what Trappist breweries are going for when they brand their glassware. The long stems and wide mouths on their chalices make for a dramatic presentation and recall the beer's monastic origins. The delicacy of the glassware also inspires the drinker to slow down and be a bit more careful. Slow drinking makes for a more solemn and reflective atmosphere, in keeping with vows of silence, but also not a bad idea when some of the beers push over the 10 percent alcohol mark.
What it's best for: Trappist ales that make drinking feel like a sacrament and taste like heaven.
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