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21 June 2018

Wednesday 27th June 2012

The Abbey Beer with Ample Froth


Frs Wulstan and Jeremy with the new Ampleforth Abbey Beer

Ampleforth Abbey are delighted to announce a restoration of the monastic heritage of brewing with the first brew of Ampleforth Abbey Beer which has been bottled and will be ready for purchase from the second week in July.

Driven from England at the time of the Reformation and determined to survive, the Benedictine monks needed income. The income came from brewing the first beer of its kind – la bière anglaise – to be brewed in France. Made with hops and barley, then ‘double-fermented’ it was strong and ‘sparkled like champagne’.

Such was its appeal that the Duke of Loraine gave the monks money and materials to channel a spring right to the brewery (brasserie) in the monastery and to create the first ever water reservoir in France. Their brew became famous far and wide, being enjoyed by the seigneurs of the realm. It received patronage from Louis XIV, the Sun King and his successor Louis XV. That is, until the Revolution of 1789 when, like the French King himself, the beer lost its head. The monks managed to escape back to England, and what is more they took with them the recipe for the beer, the secret of which had never been revealed. Once back in England they founded, in 1802, Ampleforth Abbey in the magnificent Yorkshire valley where it stands today.

Procurator of Ampleforth Abbey, Fr Wulstan Peterburs has been leading the beer project from the start. He spent time undertaking research and gaining advice and guidance from his monastic colleagues who run Trappist breweries.

Fr Wulstan said; “Working in conjunction with Little Valley Brewery in West Yorkshire, we are very happy with this unique Abbey Beer that has been created in accordance with our traditional style. We are delighted with the final product and we hope people will enjoy ourbière anglaise.”

The Editor of The Good Beer Guide, Roger Protz described the beer as ‘A russet-brown beer with a lively head of foam. The aroma and palate are rich with creamy, biscuity malt, dark raisin and sultana fruit and a good peppery hop note. The finish has great length and is dominated by creamy malt, dark fruit and a lingering peppery/spicy hop character.’

The beer is available online and from the Ampleforth Abbey Shop and selected outlets from July.

For further information and images please contact:

Gillian Dewar

PR & Marketing

Ampleforth Abbey

01439 766058

Notes to Editors

· The monastic produce range includes Ampleforth Cider, Ampleforth Cider Brandy, Ampleforth Amber, Ampleforth Sloe, Damson and Elderberry Gins.

· Monastic produce is available to purchase in the Abbey Shop and online shop at

Roger Protz website is and as a beer expert is he is happy to be a talking head if required

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