Maredsous Abbey now has its own microbrewery. For the first time, brewing will take place within the walls, but that still does not make it Trappist.
Maredsous is known for its cheeses and abbey beer. But that beer was never brewed there. The first Maredsous flowed in 1947, but that was done with external partners. It has been Duvel-Moortgat since the 1960s. But that is about to change.
A microbrewery will be opened today in the abbey in Anhée in Namur. This is an investment by Duvel-Moorgat and fromagerie BEL, the producer of Maredsous cheeses. “This investment fits perfectly in the extension of our collaboration with the abbey for the next 20 years,” says Duvel CEO Michel Moortgat. The small brewery will be operational for a few days a week.
The classic beers will still be brewed at Duvel in Puurs, Antwerp. In the abbey itself, the intention is to brew very specific beers, and in limited quantities. That did not make the beer brewed in the abbey a Trappist beer. That is because the local monks belong to the Benedictines, while Trappists belong to the Cistercians.