Living by the rule of St. Benedict, a lifestyle summed up by the motto Ora et labora -‘Pray and Work’, the monks of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey strive to earn their living by the work of their hands.
Once it had become clear that their traditional income from dairy farming was no longer viable due to consistently low milk prices, the monks turned their thoughts to possible alternatives. After much careful research and discussion they took the decision to revive another traditional alternative - monastic brewing.
Being part of the great Trappist tradition they chose to produce a dark, strong ale, but one with a clearly English character.
Tynt Meadow is mahogany-coloured, with a subtle, warm red hue and a lasting beige head. Its aroma carries hints of dark chocolate, liquorice, and rich fruit flavours. The beer is full-bodied, gently balancing the taste of dark chocolate, pepper, and fig. It leaves a warm and dry finish on the palate.
The bright gold Augustiner Edelstoff has understated notes of cut grass, herbs, and sweet malts that are balanced by a moderate bitterness. Its light body and delicate carbonation lead to a smooth mouthfeel that still finds a way of being crisp and lingering with a fantastically clean finish.
A straw-coloured bitter which initially seems sweet, but a complex dry, hoppy taste soon predominates.
Probably the best example of the traditional Black Country style of bitter. No better partner to a lunchtime snack!