#30 – Tongerlo Tripel Blond

#30 - Tongerlo Tripel Blond

Size: 330 ml

ABV: 8 %

The date on the label of the Tongerlo beer says 1133. If I’m not mistaken that’s – er – 876 years of brewing beers? Apparently true.

The monastic community of the Norbertine Abbey of Tongerlo was founded in the same year, and like all good monks, they didn’t mess around in getting the beers brewed. We have Abbot Waltman and Bishop Burchard of Kamerijk to thank for this, and the subsequent rise of Tongerlo abbey as a powerful centre of religion and culture.

The usual history affected the abbey throughout the middle ages with secular powers and Calvinism haranguing the occupants, but it was only eventually World War I that put a final nail in the coffin of the brewing at the abbey, when the German occupying forces looted the abbey of the copper stills to make armaments. It was only in 1989 that the beer was re-launched by Haacht, and the Norbertine traditions (#137) were once more reignited in this beautiful area.

With a seriously blocked nose it probably wasn’t wise to waste a beer as I was unlikely to taste much, but I doubted it would be a classic. The beer poured golden with an initially thick head, with not much of a smell and to be honest not much of a taste (who knows?). This seemed a fairly routine blonde which definitely tastes of 8% but remains fairly anonymous. Pretty average fare in all with bit of a kick to it. I blame the Germans 😉

(Post-Script) – I have since learnt that this beer is now retired, to be replaced by the stronger and yet untested Tongerlo Prior Tripel.

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4 Comments

Filed under 6, Abbey Beer, Abbey Tripel, Haacht

4 responses to “#30 – Tongerlo Tripel Blond

  1. Pingback: #33 – Ciney Brune « The Belgian Beer Odyssey – 1 to 1000

  2. Keep it up, bookmarked and referred some friends.

  3. Pingback: #137 – Tongerlo Dubbel Bruin « The Belgian Beer Odyssey – 1 to 1000

  4. Thanks for this, and also for the footnote. I’d been unsuccessfully trying to track this down, so you’ve explained why! Will look for the Prior instead.

    P.s. I think the comment from “Jackson” may be a spam link.

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