BREWVIEW ON BROUWERIJ ST. BERNARDUS ABT 12 OAK AGED

Our final BrewView for 2016 is on an extremely special beer, one that is in limited release… we were fortunate to get our hands on a bottle of the revered ST. BERNARDUS ABT 12 OAK AGED.

We took much of our BrewView here from our previous October 2015 BREWERY OF THE MONTH feature when we highlighted Brouwerij St. Bernardus. If you wish to visit that full article, click here.


ABOUT BROUWERIJ ST. BERNARDUS

The history of the St. Bernardus brewery is connected to 2 trappist monasteries; one gave it their name, the other gave it their beer.

Cheese Stamp - 1931

Cheese Stamp – 1931

The Cheese Factory – Trappist monks of Mont des Cats in Godewaersvelde, France. Due to the anti clerical policy in the beginning of the past century, the Catsberg Abbey Community, located in the northern part of France, decided to move to Watou, a small village only a couple of kilometres further away but located in Belgium.

They transformed a farm into the “Refuge Notre Dame de St. Bernard” and started with the production of Abbey cheese.

In the early thirties, the attitude versus the monks improved and in 1934, the Abbey community decided to dispose of the Belgian annex and to bring back all activities to France. Mr. Evarist Deconinck took over the cheese factory from the Trappist monks and expanded the cheese factory. The most important cheese was sold under the name St. Bernard Watou.

The cheese factory was sold in 1959 and the production is now in the hands of Belgomilk in Moorslede.

The Brewery – Trappist Monks of Westvleteren

Shortly after the Second World War, the Trappist Monastery St. Sixtus in Westvleteren was looking for somebody to commercialize their beer because they did not want to do that themselves anymore. They gave a license to the cheese factory, and Brewery St.Bernard was founded. The brew master from Westvleteren, Mathieu Szafranski (from Polish origin) became a partner in the brewery and brought along the recipes, the know-how and the St.Sixtus yeast strain.
They started selling the trappist beers under the brand names Trappist Westvleteren, St.Sixtus or even later Sixtus.

During a period of 46 years they brewed and commercialized the beers, while the monks continued to brew for themselves and for sales to 3 pubs in the neighborhood. Amongst them, the world famous cafe In De Vrede, just next to the monastery.

In 1992, the license came to an end and since then, they continued to brew the same beers, with the same recipes, but under a different brand name: St. Bernardus.



VIDEO EXCERPT: OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE ST. BERNARDUS BREWERY – OCTOBER 15, 2015

The video below is just a short excerpt of the interview we had with St. Bernardus’ sales manager, Marco Passarella. He discusses the character of St. Bernardus Abt 12 Oak Aged. To view the full length video, click here.


Trappistenweg 23
8978 Watou
BTW BE 0463.544.291 0463.544.291
Tel: +32 57 38 80 21  Fax: +32 57 38 80 71
Web: http://sintbernardus.be
e-mail: info@sintbernardus.be