When somebody says to’ ‘drink like a monk’, well now is your chance!
This is the table beer brewed by the monks of Westmalle, used for their daily consumption and offered to official visitors to the monastery. Until recently this was not commercially available, but now it will be brewed twice a year and made available to a wider audience.
It is light and crisp, reasonably dry. A pale grainy body with a real grassy, floral, earthiness to it. The Westmalle yeast is there of course, giving some yellow fruit notes and that little late peppery tingle I always associate with Westmalle beers.
A perfect thirst-quencher, but with enough flavour to keep things interesting. You can imagine the monks sitting in their monastery courtyard enjoying an afternoon or quiet contemplation over a few of these.
I guess this is Belgium’s equivalent of a session IPA!