By Haris Stylianides*
The Grimbergen beers herald from the ancient Grimbergen abbey in Belgium, which was founded in the middle ages in 1128. The abbey was famous for providing hospitality and their elegant home-brewed beers to visitors. It was destroyed in a terrible fire in 1142 and again in 1566 and 1798. Each time it was destroyed, it was rebuilt. The monks of Grimbergen took the Phoenix as their symbol, a sign of the abbey’s perpetual rebirth and adopted a motto in its honor: Ardet Nec Consumitur, burned but not destroyed.
Today, it is brewed in Strasbourg, France by the Carlsberg Group using the original recipe crafted in Belgium under strict supervision by the abbey, which still exists. The monks remain guardians of the beers’ taste and quality, ensuring that these craft beers stay true to its abbey roots.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Brewery: Carlsberg Group Strasbourg France
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, glucose syrup, wheat malt aromatic caramel, hop extract
Alc.: 6,7% vol.
THE SOMMELLIER SAID:
– Yeast Free
– Brown Golden Color
– Thick white foam but it doesnt last long
– Very lively in gas
– Full nose, hints of Vanilla and Hops
– Medium to full palette with a pleasant aftertaste
– Well balanced aromas of Hops and Slight Bitterness
Is a Certified Sommelier, member of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
He is currently the third position holder of the Cyprus Sommelier Association
and the proud owner of O’Vrakas Taverna in Pissouri Village