Dominus beer, more than a well-kept secret: a godsend that has been passed down over the centuries.
"Bless, O Lord, this new beer, it pleased you to offer the tender grain that she could offer to mankind a salutary remedy that, by the invocation of thy holy name, anyone who drinks it takes care of his body's health and the protection of his soul." Such was the discourse formerly recited by St. Arnoldus, during the blessing of his beer. Evoked by the patron saint of brewers, these words once had a very special meaning.
This is the monks' story.
In ancient times, the monks removed themselves from society to devoted their lives to prayer, but were then struck by a mysterious disease, for which they needed to find a cure. Desperate, not knowing what to do and trying to fight the evil in their lives, they decided to leave their monastery and embarked upon a long journey.
Upon their journey, they came across a beggar demanding only pity of them during this arduous time. They decided to help the poor man and offer him some victuals – in fact, the fellow traveller was nothing but a godsend, whose mission was to test the wisdom and goodness of these pious men.
At dawn, the beggar disappeared, leaving behind only a dusty tome. The monks consulted the old book and there they discovered the recipe for Dominus beer. With hearts full of hope, they returned to their monastery and there began brewing the divine drink – it took several months to complete the recipe to perfection.
In Cervisia Veritas
By dint of courage and tenacity, they managed to obtain an extraordinarily high fermentation beer. Convinced that the drink was blessed by the gods, they offered it to their sick brothers, who quickly regained their health.
The rumor spread throughout the surrounding regions – villagers crowded at the gates of the monastery to taste this miraculous beer. Conquered by its exceptional flavour and strength, they soon started taking barrels home.
The legend of Dominus was born. Soon, the expression In Vino Veritas was replaced by In Cervisia Veritas.
Much later, monks related to the Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance, attached to the Abbey of the Grande Trappe, acquired the recipe for themselves., and Dominus is still today brewed with respect for tradition. Dominus Vobiscum!