ABBAYE D'AULNE

FUNDATIS ANNO 657

The Abbey


ABBAYE D'AULNE

Located in the Walloon region of Belgium, in a place known as Vallée de la Paix (Valley of Peace) by the Sambre river, the Abbey was founded by the later canonized Abbot Landelin of Crespin in 657. Founded as a Benedictine monastery, in 1147 it became a Cistercian Abbey.

The Abbaye d’Aulne alternated periods of splendour and decadence until 1794, when it was badly damaged by French revolutionary troops. In 1859 when the last monk died, the Monastery was abandoned and turned into a hospice. In 2006, the Abbey became property of Wallonia as a historic monument.

The Brewery

Like many Belgian abbeys, the Cistercians of Aulne Abbey had been brewing their own beer since the Middle Ages. The Abbey had to provision about 1000 friars and monks. Strong beers like Blonde, Brune and Triple were served on special occasions. Lighter beers were for daily consumption.

In 1849, the brewery was closed. Some 100 years later, lay persons were allowed to brew abbey beers for the first time. Brasserie de l’Abbaye d’Aulne revived the brewing business in 1950. Today, the Abbey produces its specialty Belgian beer following the traditional brewing arts of its founders, the Cistercian monks of Aulne Abbey.

 

 

The Beers


ART OF BREWING
OF THE BELGIAN CISTERCIANS

Traditional high fermentation abbey beers, refermented in the bottle, brewed using the best hops and malts.

ABBAYE D'AULNE BLONDE 6°

BLONDE 6°

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Blonde abbey beer with second fermentation in the bottle.

Golden coloured, this beer is distinguished by its lightly fruited hop flavours and light, harmonious body.

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Tasting notes: A complex beer with delicate fruity notes and a nice hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, and the complex, full body harmonizes perfectly with the alcoholic notes. A beer with a lot of finesse and elegance and an exquisitely long finish.

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Alcohol content: 6%
Plato degree: 14
Bitterness: 20 EBU (medium)
Colour: 10 EBC (straw yellow)

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Ideal drinking temperature: 8°C
Food pairing: Hard cheeses, red meats, mussels.

ABBAYE D'AULNE BRUNE 6°

BRUNE 6°

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Brune abbey beer with second fermentation in the bottle.

Dark coloured, this beer releases caramelised, markedly spicy aromas and has a very pleasant bitter-sweet flavour.

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Tasting notes: A slightly nutty aroma with markedly malty and toasted notes. The taste is clearly spicy and characterized by a honey-like sweetness. The underlying hops remain discreet and emphasize the delicate malt body.

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Alcohol content: 6%
Plato degree: 14
Bitterness: 14 EBU (slight)
Colour: 70 EBC (mahogany)

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Ideal drinking temperature: 8°C
Food pairing: Spicy and sweet-and-sour dishes.

ABBAYE D'AULNE CUVÉE ROYALE 9°

AMBRÉE 6°

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Amber abbey beer, with second fermentation in the bottle.
A traditional Belgian springtime beer, it is the perfect combination between the hoppy aroma and alcoholic notes of the Blonde 6°, and the spicy and sweet flavour of the Brune 6°.

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Tasting notes: The gold colour possesses a depth that can only be achieved with the help of an ingenious blend of caramelised malts. It gives off an intense caramel aroma with a delicate hop bouquet. It has an impressive full-bodied mouthfeel. The malt and hop bodies have a multi-layered and impressive palate. The delicately integrated carbonic acid ensures a highly creamy texture. Its finish is imbued with an aroma of alcohol and is surprisingly dry.

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Alcohol content: 6%
Plato degree: 14
Bitterness: 19 EBU (medium)
Colour: 25 EBC (amber)

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Ideal drinking temperature: 8°C
Food pairing: grilled lamb fillet; cheeses such as brie or bleu.

ABBAYE D'AULNE PREMIER CRU 9°

PREMIER CRU 9°

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Blonde abbey beer with second fermentation in the bottle.

Result of passion and savoir-faire, this beer is characterised by a palette of strong and subtle flavours.

A beer with a rounded flavour, rich body and assertive character that places it among the top abbey beers.

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Tasting notes: Aromas are reminiscent of sherry and anise. A full-bodied mouthfeel accompanied by a slightly caramelized flavour. The complex aromas and full body provide a lasting and multilayered finish.

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Alcohol content: 9%
Plato degree: 18
Bitterness: 20 EBU (medium)
Colour: 11 EBC (golden)

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Ideal drinking temperature: 8°C
Food pairing: Seafood, delicacies.

ABBAYE D'AULNE CUVÉE ROYALE 9°

CUVÉE ROYALE 9°

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Brune abbey beer with second fermentation in the bottle.

Slightly coppery colour, this beer with its intense, caramelised taste is distinguished by a palette of delicious flavours, powerful aromas and spices.

This beer will delight all lovers of strong brunes.

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Tasting notes: A tingling pronounced aroma of mocha candy and rum on the nose. The taste is dominated by a full body courted by notes of caramel and a slight touch of hops. The aftertaste is intense and lasting.

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Alcohol content: 9%
Plato degree: 18
Bitterness: 15 EBU (medium)
Colour: 70 EBC (coppery appearance)

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Ideal drinking temperature: 10-12°C
Food pairing: Sophisticated dishes, foie gras, duck breast, or a fine cigar.

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