New Norcia Abbey Ale, Maltshovel Brewery (Australia)
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Abbey Ale is a very aromatic, Belgian style ale – described as a true “monastic ale”. Named in honour of the Benedictine monks of New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town which is situated 140km from Perth. Here the monks of New Norcia live by the ways of The Rule of St Benedict, a practice followed since the sixth century. Abbey Ale is made by the Maltshovel brewery, the craft brewing arm of Lion Nathan and the makers of the popular James Squire beers.


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[two_last]Abbey Ale is a strong beer with a 7% ABV giving it an interesting complexity of flavour. Distinct spiciness is noticeable when first sipped and the finish is long and smooth. This beer is rather fruity like most Belgian ales but has enough bitterness from the hops to balance the sweetness.

I first tried this beer at Le Pain Quotidien in the new Westfield in Sydney. Le Pain Quotidien make great tapenades and I found this beer to go excellently with them. Full flavoured foods and rich meaty dishes would also go well with this beer.[/two_last]

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