Before the French Revolution, most abbeys would have brewed their own beer just as they baked their own bread and butchered their own meat. The same would be true in a manor house, estate or castle, to brew is to boil a solution of barley-malt sugars with hops. Having been boiled, even today beer is safer than water. At the time, water was a great deal less safe than it is today. As the number of abbeys making their own beers dwindled, commercial brewers began to produce beers that implied monastric origin. In 1949 the Benedictines of Maredsous decided that pilgrims should be offered a drink – leading to the arrangement with Moortgat. There are at least 70 abbeys, convents and beguinages in Belgium, and these divide in more or less equal numbers between those that are still inhabited, others that have been deconsecrated and put to different uses, and the remainder that survive as ruins. Not all “abbey style” beers are dedicated to extant communities. Many are named after deconsecrated abbeys, or ruins (some of which are local tourist attractions). Others simply celebrate local churches, shrines or saints. The more tenuous the link, the less likely is it that the brewery pays a royalty, but some do – even to the upkeep of a shine or ruin as a tourist attraction. While the Trappist breweries stress that their logo indicates a place of origin, not a style, their beers do have some typical features in common. Apart from the Trappists, none of the abbeys owns or operates its own brewery. This is the distinction between Trappists and Abbeys as an appellation. Single, double and triple – this range of 3 beers dates back to traditional brewing methods in which the mash tun was filled with one charge of malted barley, through which three charges of water were run. The idea was to ensure that every last drop of malt sugar was extracted. Each run would produce a weaker solution, and each would be filled into a separate fermenting vessel – “The Three Tuns”. The first running’s
This Maredsous Gift set includes:
1x Blonde (6% ABV)
1 x Dark (8% ABV)
1 x Triple (10% ABV)
1 x Branded Maredsous Glass
High Fermentation Abbey Beer, Brewed in Accordance with the Benedictine Tradition
This range of styles and tastes is collectively packed in a sturdy and safe Beer Hunter branded box ready for delivery.