Monk Brewery Reviews

Belgium Beer Weekend -Edition 16

Posted by admin on September 7th, 2014 | Permanent Link | No Comments »

As I traveled back to the origins of the worlds top Trappist-en brewers I found myself right in the heart of Brussels. The grand palace square from September 5-7th was teaming with life. connoisseurs from around the world gathered to celebrate and share in Belgium’s beer traditions. I bought my fair share of tokens (Bottle Caps) that allowed me to sample several great Belgium beers while anonymously mingling in the crowd. A rumor spread about a very select beer surfacing just outside the square at small pub. Ask for it specifically I was told – Westvleteren 12. I was told to hurry as a sighting of such delights was extremely rare.

I followed the advise and set off to the pub. The waitress was very surprised when I asked for the treasure. She paused and informed the beer was 15 euro a bottle. Yes, the best things in life aren’t always free I replied. She asked me to take a seat and informed me she would find me. I sat outside in the warm open air full of anticipation. What manor of treat could be so cherished that it whispered in the air through the quiet voices of the crowd? After a few minutes the cold bottle, opener and glass arrived.

Archbishop C

Beerssert, Beerzert or Beersert?

Posted by admin on August 27th, 2010 | Permanent Link | No Comments »

Beersset is defined as the integration of two words – Beer and Dessert (Bishop C, 2010). Of course, the proper combination of the two words might have led one to consider Beersert or even Beerzert (approved alternte spellings). Assuming for a moment that some rely on phonetics to spell while enjoying a few brews.

Beerssert was born one evening while the Brothers sat happily and completely content after consuming a few Chimay Grand Reserves. Smiling and giggling to himself,  Bishop C looked deep into his class as he held it up to a lamp and proclaimed the charished nectar “Beerssert.”

Ah yes, the wisdom shared by Bishop C can be quite enlightening †


Bishop, C. (2010). BeerssertBeerzertBeerssert. Shared in personal reflections July 2010 within Monk Abbey. Retrieved online @