Tynt Meadow is the UK’s first ever Trappist Ale and is brewed by the monks at Mount St. Bernard Abbey. Brewed according to traditional recipes dating back hundreds of years.
Trappist beers tend to be named after the place in which the monastery is situated. The name ‘Tynt Meadow’ honours the link with a plot of land on which monastic life was refounded in the midlands almost two centuries ago.
Tynt Meadow is strong dark ale with a clearly English character. It is mahogany in colour with aromas of dark chocolate, liquorice and rich fruit flavours. It is full bodied and gently balances the flavours of dark chocolate, pepper and fig and leaves a warm and dry finish on the palate.
After decades of dairy farming, the monks began to feel this work wasn’t a viable source of income and sought alternative means of supporting the upkeep of the Abbey and its grounds. As a result, the idea of reviving Trappist brewing traditions was born and a redundant part of the 19th century monastery in Leicestershire was transformed into an active brewery. The beer is brewed, bottles and packaged on site
The monks at Mount St. Bernard Abbey live by the rule of Saint Benedict, a lifestyle which is summed up by their motto Ora et labora – ‘pray and work’. As monks, they strive to earn their living by working with their hands. They do no receive any subsidies from the church for their living expenses or for the upkeep of their historic buildings. This means that they depend on reliable source of income to continue their life of contemplation, to welcome guests and to help those in need.