Thursday, January 07, 2010

Wendelinus Biere d'Abbaye


In the shade of Maison Kammerzell in Strasbourg, we enjoyed another of the (apparently) endless varieties of bières d'Abbaye. Even though Wendelinus Biere d'Abbaye is Alsatian, it strongly resembles similar Belgian brands.


I love a glass of Leffe and Grimbergen Blonde. These rich and aromatic brands, high in alcohol, are dangerous stuff, and may get you into an involuntary spin, if you take one too many.

I have lived under the misconception that beers like these were Belgian specialties. Then I sipped to a glass of Wendelinus Biere d'Abbaye, and dicovered that they were not. Wendelinus Biere d'Abbaye was delicious and aromatic in the same way as the other brands I had enjoyed.

The French cannot, in my opinion, make good beer. Alsace is an exception, of course, due to the regions close cultural links to the Germans right over the border.

Alsace produce 55% of French beer. Wendelinus Biere d'Abbaye was launched in 2001 by the Méteor Group. It is named after the Saint Wedelin Monastery in the town of Wissembourg, in North Eastern Alsace, bordering Germany. I was told that the monks there have made this dangerous brew since the 9th century.

A very sensible thing to do, if confined inside the walls of a monastery, if you ask me.

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