Straight from ‘Pillars of the Earth’. The Notre Dame basilica.

Since 1133, monks have been living at the Abbey Frigolet, close to Tarascon in the Bouches-Rhone Department of Provence.

Originally from the north of France the ‘Chimoine’ monks have been practicing a devout form of Catholicsm. They are distinguished by their cream cassocks and large hoods. Saint Norbert was their founder. The present Abbey was built from 1400 and today houses a large complex with two beautiful chapels; a school; two restaurants; wonderful gardens and… a craft brewery run by the monks themselves. The beer and other agricultural products are on sale at the Abbey shop.

Some of the Monks’ Brew!

Their beer recipes have been handed down over the years from the Middle Ages when they started to brew their own libation, characterised by rich and aromatic flavours. The Blonde beer is 4.5% alcohol but some go as high as 6%.

For more information and to visit the Abbey, click here.

Medieval watch towers along the road to the entrance.

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