Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them

Brew Like a Monk Trappist Abbey and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them Delves into monastic brewing This book examines methods for brewing ales suited to commercial and amateur brewers

  • Title: Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them
  • Author: Stan Hieronymus Tim Webb
  • ISBN: 9780937381878
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Delves into monastic brewing This book examines methods for brewing ales suited to commercial and amateur brewers.

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    1. As you know, I dabble in the home brewing. And this book has taught me some very important lessons about brewing. One is that the peaceful life of a monk leaves lots of time to focus on making great beers. There is something to be said about a cloister of men that live in beautiful surroundings, in peace and quiet and spend their days brewing for charitable causes. Bute celibate lifestyle is tough, hence beer. Seriously though, this book taught me how important yeasts are in brewing. The Belgium [...]

    2. I was expecting more from this to be honest. With a title of Brew Like a Monk i was hoping to get deeper into brewing methods and a wide range of recipes to try. This is a book more steeped in delivering a history of the Trappist breweries in Belgium and the history behind their rise to commercial brewing. It is still an interesting book on how well the Monks have commercialized their business and I woudl love to us this book as a tour guide in Belgium. But if you are not into the history of Bel [...]

    3. A fun book to read to grasp a particular grouping of abbey ales.I read this without having gotten itno brewing as of yet, but it brushes some of the mystery away without overwhelming. I imagine it would be useful for a brewer, but I don't have the experience to back that assertion. I do, however, have the experience to say that "as a beer drinker who's not a moron, this book was fun to read and not opaque."

    4. Since I'm going to start brewing Belgian styles I thought I should check this book out, it has a very good reputation. The goal is to get you to think about the brewing process in the same way as the Trappist and Abbey ale producing brewers, rather than offer step-by-step instructions. This is advanced level reading, you should already be heavily into beer geekdom before taking this on.

    5. A good history of trappist and abbey brewing, but not a very good how to guide. The only take away is that Trappists break the rules, therefore don't bother with rules. Okay, thanks. Almost no recipes, and one of them, for Trappist blonde, was written by a brewer, who self-admittedly, has never made that style or recipe.

    6. Must-read for everyone who either loves (Belgian) beers or is a homebrewer. This book is full of history and background information about Belgian monks and their amazing beers, and includes valuable knowledge, recipes and hints for if you want to brew Trappist-style beers yourself.

    7. My favorite if not perhaps the most important book on brewing. Many brewers perhaps focus too much on Moser style stuff and not these key classics.

    8. This is an amazingly informative book covering the brewing practice, business practice, and religious practice of the Trappist monks in Belgium. Hieronymus spent a lot of time meeting with the monks and lay-brewers discussing the history and brewing philosophy of each of the Trappist/brewery monasteries. Reading this book you get an amazing sense of "pedigree," as you find out some of the masterminds behind much of the Belgian flavor, as well as how yeast strands have come to each brewery. My fa [...]

    9. So many beer books get bogged down with a lengthy explanation of basic brewing science. This sheds these introductory chapters and gets right the nitty-gritty. You like Strong Belgian Ales (yes, this hits on much more than the Trappists), here's how some people do them (because brewer are people, and all people are different). There are no definitive adages or methods that they preach you must use. The book does not have many recipes and the few they do, are written in the most helpful way, with [...]

    10. You could probably fit the absolutely essential information on brewing Trappist style beers from this book into a reasonably short article in a brewing magazine, but it wouldn't be as much fun to read. Stan Heironymus does a great job (as always) in both the brewing and journalistic parts of his job. He doesn't only give you some good guidelines on making beer, but he also gives you some good travel and food writing and gets some great quotes from his interview subjects. The BA did let a few typ [...]

    11. Belgian ales really got me into craft brewing and this book certainly provides oodles of background on Trappist ales and Belgian ales in general. The history is extremely interesting and virtually all technical aspects of the beers themselves are also discussed. A must have for anyone interested in Belgian beers.

    12. A fantastic book aimed squarely at me. Includes a ton of description of Trappist breweries and also a wealth of practical information. This book does have a few recipes, but more importantly it has a great wealth of details about the raw materials, brewing practices and everything else that make abbey beers so great.

    13. Quite an enjoyable read. Lots of history of the Trappist abbeys in Belgium, beer brewing in general in Belgium, visits to each of the six Trappist breweries, and interviews with both Old World and New World brewers about their interpretations of the styles. Brewing wise, there's very little in the way of recipes but loads of reference material to help with crafting your own beer.

    14. Tons of history, miscellaneous stories, recipes, and sundry info about Trappist/abbey/belgian beer. Well written and easy to read. Every time I sat down for 10 minutes with this book, I invariably wanted to get up to find a beer. I will be definitely looking back in this book for one of this summer's homebrews.

    15. Great resource for any brewer, especially those who are Belgian beer lovers. This book provides not only a history of all the Trappist breweries and the breweries they influenced, but also brewing guides and tips on how to duplicate the styles. It's a great read straight through and an excellent reference afterward.

    16. Gives some good background on the history of Trappist and Abbey beers, as well as some useful information on how they're brewed. Recipes are all from US brewers but that's no bad thing. I know they're not Trappist or Abbey beers but given the Belgian focus, it would have be good to have a chapter on lambics and other wild beers. Just saying

    17. Great history, background and inter-workings of Belgian Ale production. The author interviews multiple brew-masters from the original abbeys that traditionally brewed them in Belgian to newer breweries that continue the tradition of brewing these quaffable beverages.

    18. One of the best beer books I've ever read. An in depth analysis of technique, history and ingredients for lots of Belgian and Belgian inspired beers. Not a book for beginners, though. You need to have a basic understanding of brewing to understand much of this book. Highly recommended.

    19. Very good treatise on Belgian beer and brewing. I learned a lot about different abbeys and producers and I'm looking forward to trying out some of the recipe design/production tips the next time I make a Belgian brew (probably a dubbel).

    20. This is a fantastic resource for both the history and the practice behind belgian brewing, not only the tradition monastic brews, but also the belgian-inspired ales of America. Easy read for both the brewer and the beer lover alike.

    21. The parts about the breweries are getting a little dated but overall it's just great info in a fun to read format.

    22. Great introduction to the history of Belgian, especially "Trappist" ales and the techniques and ingredients to make them. Found it VERY helpful!

    23. The wonderful pairing of history and practical brewing practice that I've come to expect from Stan Hieronymus!

    24. Very interesting history to the trappist breweries. The discussion around composition and brewing of the various styles was invaluable. Will definitely guide my recipe development.

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