Quarr Abbey Ale by Goddards Brewery
Abbey Ale, 6.5%
Quarr Abbey Ale is brewed to capture the essence of traditional Abbey Beers and uses coriander and sweet gale grown in the abbey’s own gardens to produce a boozy, dark amber ale, with notes of caramel and rum and raisin.
The live tasting of this beer was on 31st December 2020 #BeerBods
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Goddard’s is the Isle of Wight’s oldest brewery, still family run and located in the beautiful surroundings of Barnsley Farm in Ryde.
Anthony and Alix Goddard began brewing in 1991 with a 15 barrel brew-length plant, installed in an old barn at the farm. The first brew was racked off that Spring, just in time for the tourist season.
Goddards is now the oldest brewery in operation on the Island and whilst the team and the brewing equipment have all grown, their philosophy remains the same; to provide a secure livelihood for the team and produce really good craft beer.
This week’s beer is a Benedictine style ale inspired by and brewed for the local Quarr Abbey. Originally founded in 1132, Quarr Abbey is home to a community of Benedictine monks. The Benedictine way of life is one of devotion to prayer, work and hospitality. The Abbey grounds are cultivated by the monks to grow a bountiful supply of fresh food for their own sustenance and to share with the local community. Abbey beers have been brewed by monks for centuries utilising locally grown herbs, malt and barley. Quarr Abbey Ale is brewed to capture the essence of these traditional Abbey Beers and uses coriander and sweet gale grown in the abbey’s own gardens. It’s strong, full bodied and complex.