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 Post subject: Grimbergen monks are brewing 10.8 beer again
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:29 pm 
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It's been a long time between drinks for monks at Grimbergen Abbey — more than 200 years, actually, if we're getting into specifics.
The Belgian abbey was ransacked and had its brewery smashed in 1795 by French troops.

But a tradition of beer making that dated back to the 12th century will be revived with plans to build a new brewery at the monastic complex in Grimbergen, a town north of Brussels.

It won't be for the faint-hearted, however — a beer is expected to contain about 10.8 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV).

"For us, it's important to look to the heritage, to the tradition of the fathers for brewing beer because it was always here," said Father Karel Stautemas, who will become one of five to six workers in the new brewery.

Remarkably, the recipes were saved before the monastery was set alight in the 18th century — a group of quick-thinking fathers secretly removed the books from inside a library wall and put them into safe keeping.

"We had the books with the old recipes, but nobody could read them," Father Stautemas told The Guardian.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-22/ ... k/11136770

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