Each year on the 20th August, beer drinkers from all over the world celebrate St Bernardus Day. The brewery has been brewing Belgian beers under the St Bernardus brand since 1992, however the beer recipes have been in existence a lot longer and originated from Monks.
The brewery brews a range of Abbey beers, including a wheat beer, dark beers and a blond triple. All of the beers are top-fermented and only two types of malt are used – a pale malt and a dark roasted malt. In 2018, the brewery added a shop, a rooftop bar, function rooms and a new warehousing area. There’s even a guesthouse where you can stay.
To celebrate St Bernardus Day, we have put together a mixed case of six different St Bernardus beers and thrown in a free St Bernardus beer glass too – not literally. Let us introduce you to the beers:
St Bernardus Abt 12 is a dark, strong beer with an ABV of 10%. It is classed as one of the best beers in the world and has naturally won a lot of beer awards. The recipe dates back to 1946 and is brewed as a classic Belgian quadruple. It is best drunk between 8-12 degrees Celsius. From a food pairing point of view, we recommend any beef dishes, blue cheese and even chocolate.
St Bernardus Prior 8 is also a dark, strong Abbey beer with an ABV of 8%. It is classed as a typical Belgian dubbel and dates back to when the Monks of Westvleteren brewed the beers. It is best drunk between 8-12 degrees Celsius and goes very well with stews.
St Bernardus Pater 6 is a dark beer – weaker than the Prior and Abt but still with a respectable 6.7% ABV. This is one of our most popular St Bernardus beers and once you’ve tried it, you can understand why. It is malty and fruity at the same time. As with most dark beers, it’s best drunk at the warmer temperatures of 8-12 degrees Celsius.
St Bernardus Tripel is a strong blond triple with an impressive ABV of 8%. It is best drunk between 4-8 degrees Celsius. It has a pleasant hoppiness and light character. This is a great triple with poultry or savoury snacks.