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Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany
The Low Countries aren’t the only part of the world where monks mix with mash tuns: the German-speaking countries too have their brewing brothers, or at least breweries located in working monastery premises. Weltenburger Kloster, a Benedictine abbey on a scenic peninsula of the river Donau, the Donaudurchbruch, near Kelheim in Lower Bavaria, dates its founding to 620 and claims to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria, though monastic life was suspended during the secularisation of Bavaria between 1803-42. Its brewery also claims to be the world’s oldest established monastery brewery, known to have operated since 1050 — almost a thousand years.
The abbey is particularly celebrated for its spectacular late baroque church, created between 1716-39 by architect and sculptor Cosmas Damian Asam, assisted by his brother Egid Quirin. Asam commemorated by the brewery with Asam Bock, an outstanding dark bockbier that’s easily one of the best of its style.
It’s a very deep reddish chestnut with a thick, fine yellow head and a nutty, malty toffeeish aroma with a faint hint of estery banana. A fresh, soft, toasty and slightly winy malt palate has nutty cherry notes, hops, and a slight acidic tangy balancing the biscuit. The long, sappy and vinous finish is rich with nutty malt, a little chocolate and a dab of oak.
Read more about this beer at ratebeer.com: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/weltenburger-kloster-asam-bock/4025/