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#11
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
Last post by Viv - February 24, 2024, 12:42:14 PM
Hi Filip,

No doubt some of these larger "conglomerates" with more than one
brand and brewery location can be difficult to pin down regarding
the exact location any brew is actually made.

Maybe an email to their marketing department might get a result?

Cheers!


Viv
#12
Beer Tastings / Quintus
Last post by Viv - February 24, 2024, 12:38:46 PM
QUINTUS  t_u  t_u

Bitter Ale from Mount St.Bernard Trappist brewery ( England ) in
collaboration with Round Corner Brewing. ABV of 5.2%. New brew for me.   

Pours a golden amber with a small bubbly head. Almost no lacing.

Dry bitter malty aroma.

It's medium bodied and with a slightly flattish carbonation,
probably as usual for this style. Not much complexity, but it's
balanced and has good depth of flavour. It's dry and bitter throughout,
as well as being earthy, hearty, fruity, with malts and hops, and even
a little smokiness in the background. Nice brew! 

Cheers!


Viv

#13
Beer Tastings / Quirinus
Last post by Viv - February 24, 2024, 12:36:45 PM
QUIRINUS  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u

Dark Doublebock from Tegernsee (Germany) with an ABV of 7.0%. New brew
for me.

Pours a deep mahogany ruby burgundy with a creamy frothy rocky head.
Great lacing.

Malty spicy aroma.

It's medium bodied, and perfectly carbonated. Enough complexity but
not overly so, nicely balanced, with good depth of flavour. Sweetish
start, with caramel, toffee and milk chocolate, delivered in a silky
smooth and luxurious taste and texture. Also some light berry fruits,
florals and spices, molasses, demerara, and fruitcake, with a long dry
and bitter finish. Very easy drinking. Outstanding brew!

Cheers!


Viv

#14
Beer Tastings / Nursia Triple
Last post by Viv - February 24, 2024, 12:34:52 PM
NURSIA TRIPLE  t_u  t_u  t_u

Triple Ale from Nursia (Italy) with an ABV of 8.0%. New brew for me.

Pours a deep golden amber with a creamy frothy head. Good lacing.

Herby fruity spicy aroma with lots of hops and malt.

It's medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Compex, rounded, and with
good depth of flavour. Sweetish start with malt base, some fruits
and marmalade, with a hoppy spicy herbal dry and bitter finish.
Excellent brew! 

Cheers!


Viv

#15
Beer Tastings / Nursia Blonde
Last post by Viv - February 24, 2024, 12:33:00 PM
NURSIA BLONDE  t_u  t_u

Blonde Ale from Nursia (Italy), with an ABV of 6.0%. New brew and new
brewery for me.

Pours a golden blonde with a good sized creamy frothy head. Excellent
lacing.

Herby, hoppy, spicy aroma with peach, plum and apricot.

It's medium bodied, and nicely carbonated. Some complexity, nicely
balanced and good depth of flavour. Crisp, sharp and fresh, and fruity,
with grass, grains, herbs, hops, along with a malt base. Slightly
bitter finish. Nice brew. 

Cheers!



Viv

#16
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
Last post by Trappist - February 23, 2024, 10:10:23 AM
Quote from: John B on February 23, 2024, 02:32:56 AMFilip the Beer Detective!
:inspector: Actually John, I'm not Hercule Poirot, so, will not find the answer :)
But this all makes Belgian beer tasting that more fun too.

I need a beer


Cheers,
Filip
#17
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
Last post by John B - February 23, 2024, 02:32:56 AM
Quote from: Trappist on February 22, 2024, 10:29:17 AMHi John,
I also forgot to mention that both beers have different label measures.
The Triplus has a bigger front- and back label compared to the Altus.
The top of the label says "Ora et Labora" (pray and work), which is not the case with the Altus.
Also, the back label from the Triplus is bigger, actually the same ast the front label.
This keeps me thinking that both beers could be brewed at 2 different breweries. Labels actually can reveal ALOT!!!
That wild yeast flavor (Bretts) in the Altus keeps me thinking, knowing Anthony Martins owns Timmermans brewery where lambic is brewed!! => Bretts!!!
Cheers,
Filip


Filip the Beer Detective!   C:-)   I know if anybody can find out the answers it will be you. Thank you for the additional information. Very interesting about the label variations.

Cheers! - John
#18
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
Last post by Trappist - February 22, 2024, 10:29:17 AM
Hi John,
I also forgot to mention that both beers have different label measures.
The Triplus has a bigger front- and back label compared to the Altus.
The top of the label says "Ora et Labora" (pray and work), which is not the case with the Altus.
Also, the back label from the Triplus is bigger, actually the same ast the front label.
This keeps me thinking that both beers could be brewed at 2 different breweries. Labels actually can reveal ALOT!!!
That wild yeast flavor (Bretts) in the Altus keeps me thinking, knowing Anthony Martins owns Timmermans brewery where lambic is brewed!! => Bretts!!!
Cheers,
Filip
#19
Beer Tastings / Re: The Mystery of Maredret!
Last post by John B - February 21, 2024, 11:35:02 PM
A very interesting story behind these beers. Thanks for sharing that Filip!


Would love to try them someday, but probably not possible unless I can make it back to beautiful Belgium.  F_C

Cheers! - John

#20
Beer Tastings / The Mystery of Maredret!
Last post by Trappist - February 21, 2024, 12:34:28 PM
Hi,
Last weekend, we went to beerpub the HOPtimist here in Bruges for some mysterious Belgian beers.







This is what we ordered.
A Maredret Altus and a Maredret Triplus, paired with a delicious mixed platter.
What follows is a bit of info about this rather new beer. It exists for about two years already.



Information comes from https://www.accueil-abbaye-maredret.info/projetbière


Dear visitors,

We are very pleased to share with you of the birth of our twins Altus and Triplus

Two delicious beers from the Abbey of Maredret!

In tune with nature, you know that the nuns of Maredret perpetuate the prodigious craftsmanship of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
A naturopath before her time, the nun used plants as early as the eleventh century to treat various ailments of the body and mind, in the purest tradition of monasteries.

The community continues this tradition today not only through the sessions on health according to St. Hildegard, sacred song and illumination, but, more recently, through a range of craft beers, whose recipes have been carefully selected in line with the know-how passed down from Hildegard of Bingen.

Discover the beers of the Sisters of the Abbey of Maredret, a range brewed from spelt and plants, inspired by St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Triplus 8%

Spelt provides floral, nutty and slightly bitter notes and supports the strong spicy scent of Triplus while imparting subtle acidity. The use of botanicals, including coriander, galangal, and sage for the Triplus, gives it a unique taste.

Altus 6.8%

Spelt provides floral, nutty and slightly bitter notes and supports the yeast aromas of Altus. The use of botanicals, including cloves and juniper berries for the Altus, gives it its unique taste.

Where to find them?

In our monastic shop in Maredret of course!

But also at


  • the Ferme de Mont Saint Jean in Waterloo
  • Carrefour stores
  • Carrefour Hyper
  • Carrefour Market
  • Carrefour Market by Mestdagh
  • Match
  • Prik & Tik stores
  • Drinks from the Delsart brewery
  • at the Ermeton Drink Center
  • the best drinks in Belgium

I must confess that I was utterly surprised with both beers  :exclamation:
Such a wonderful velvety soft beers.
The use of coriander, galangal, and sage with the Triplus makes it such a nice spicy beer. Quite a thymy flavor, but that's from the sage ofcourse.
The use of botanicals, including cloves and juniper berries for the Altus makes it very special too!
BUT !!!!! We also tasted wild Brett flavors in the Altus.
At first, I thought this to be an infection. Yes, really, but at some point, Trappist beer Orval came into my mind.
It sure is a wanted funky Brett flavor, and the 6.8 vol% is quite fitting the alc% of Orval.
Wauw, this really amazed me. It's actually quite a dry beer too. No wonder as wild yeasts eat sugar that easy  :eyes:
Both beers were very soft on the tongue and had a wonderful velvety soft creamy foam layer.
This immediately reminded me of the beers from La Trappe!

The mystery about these beers is that there is no single mentioning of the brewery where it is brewed  ???  ???  ???  ???  ???

Note that this beer is made through beer firm Anthony Martin, in co-operation with the monastery of Maredret.

The typical La Trappe shape of the glass, that very soft water, that legendary La Trappe velvety foam layer, the similarities with Dominus from Anthony Martin brewed at Koningshoeven (is that actually still brewed?), the abbey link, and the huge distribution through Carrefour supermarket makes me think it is brewed at Koningshoeven (La Trappe). But ofcourse, I could be completely wrong :)

Anyway, what a great beers, and they are already inside my top beer list of today !!

Need to pay my local supermarket Carrefour a visit ASAP  t_u

Cheers,
Filip