MONKS' GOLDEN™ ALE
First brewed in January 2015 by Abbey Brewing Co at the Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert north of Abiquiu, New Mexico.
German Kristal Weizen or Weissbier (filtered wheat ale)
• ABV: 5.0%
• IBU* : 14
• OG: 14° Plato
• Color: SRM 4.3—Rich gold
• Clarity: Clear
Monks’ Golden Ale, a filtered wheat beer, is a balanced refreshing session beer that is a crossover from domestic and Mexican imported light and premium lagers. Lightly hopped and well balanced with a unique banana and clove yeast character. The character is a tiny bit sweeter and less phenolic than that of the closely related unfiltered hefeweizens.
Monks’ Golden Ale, true to its European heritage, is brewed with 60% malted wheat and 5% Vienna malted barley, 75% German Hallertau, and a German wheat yeast strain.
HOW TO SERVE
To enjoy Monks’ Golden Ale at its finest, we suggest:
Serving Temperature: 39°to 45°F (4°to 7°C)
Serving Glassware: Bavarian Weizen Glass that takes on volume and head,
while preserving the banana-like phenol aromas associated with this style.
Food Pairing: Monks’ Golden Ale is extremely flexible in food pairings
and is the beer equivalent of a crisp white wine.
MORE ABOUT MONKS’ GOLDEN ALE
This style pre-dates the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) enacted in 1516 by several centuries and originated in southern Germany in the State of Bavaria. Weizen beers only survived the law due to a bureaucratic loophole that was intentionally introduced by the Bavarian rulers, the Dukes of Wittelsbach. In 1520, they mandated that a single brewery, overseen by the Dukes of Degenberg in the village of Schwarzach near the Czech border, be allowed to brew Weissbier. By the late 1700s, however, Weissbier had started to fall out of favor so in 1798 the Dukes of Wittelsbach amended the Reinheitsgebot to allow any monastery or burgher to brew the style.