This particular beer and the method for its brewing was thought to be lost in 1798 after the Norbertine Monastery was burned down by French revolutionaries.
Beer is said to be the world's oldest drink, and it possibly dates back to the Neolithic era or even further back to 9500 BC. We've been drinking this frothy, amber drink for a very, VERY long time! It currently stands as the third-most popular drink preferred by people all over the world, after water and tea.
Ale is such a popular drink that there's an entire order of priests that brews beer. The Trappist order started brewing beer because they primarily grew or traded their food, and they made their own drinks as well. They actually brewed beer because it sanitized water, adding important nutrients into the beverage.
These priests are so passionate about their beer-brewing that they managed to resurrect a recipe that was initially thought to be lost. The Grimbergen Abbey in Belgium has started brewing beer again after they rediscovered a 220-year-old recipe that the monks used after perusing their archives for the original ingredients and the brewing methods.
"Brewing and religious life always came together." It's been more than 200 years between drinks for the Grimbergen monks, but now they are brewing beer again — and it's not for the faint-hearted: https://t.co/e2cRKXw3ky pic.twitter.com/izpS4kdtju— ABC Religion&Ethics (@ABCReligion) May 22, 2019
The exciting news is pretty significant for beer-loving Belgians. The Grimbergen Abbey is said to have produced a fabled medieval beer whose recipe was adopted by other mass producers in the 1950s. Grimbergen Abbey's subprior Father Karel Stautemas uncasked the first glass in the presence of the town's mayor as well as 120 journalists and beer enthusiasts who had come to show their enthusiastic support for the suds.
It's been more than 200 years between drinks for monks at the Grimbergen Abbey, but a tradition of beer making that dates back to the 12th century is being revived. And at 10.8pc alcohol by volume, it's not for the faint-hearted https://t.co/DOPk9MnfJO pic.twitter.com/deEBoW3wCs— ABC Rural (@ABCRural) May 22, 2019
Take a look at what’s brewing by the monks of Grimbergen Abbey brew https://t.co/vbDPJ59gmz— Carlsberg Group (@CarlsbergGroup) May 21, 2019
Father Stautemas spoke about the significance of the beer, as it was the culmination of four years of research done. This particular beer and the method for its brewing was thought to be lost in 1798 after the Norbertine Monastery was burned down by French revolutionaries. Even though the monastery was later reinstated, the recipes were thought to be lost for good.
In the Grimbergen Abbey, Grimbergen plans to build a new microbrewery that combines brewing traditions discovered in ancient books 🕮, dating back to the 12th century, with modern & innovative techniques to craft limited-edition Grimbergen beers.— Carlsberg Group (@CarlsbergGroup) May 22, 2019
👉More: https://t.co/kFDEeuubxv pic.twitter.com/OnXc1zxPyQ
But this beer is not for the faint-hearted. Using most of the old brewing methods, the newly-established microbrewery is churning out a beer that has a 10.8% alcohol by volume. So it wouldn't be wise to down the Weiss in large volumes. Currently, the beer is being brewed in partnership with another major beer brand, but have no intentions of taking their drink to an international level.