This is a live beer, and since secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle, there is a relatively high amount of carbonation. This is also a beer style that will cellar well (if stored at appropriate temperatures) and it will actually improve with age. The incredible fact about this beer is that it has a 15 year shelf life! (Forget those ‘born on’ dates!) This is a big beer with 11% Alcohol, a big number, but the alcohol is not so overwhelming. This beer is actually quite easy to drink. Dare I say it? It can even be guzzled. The nose has a honey-malt sweetness. The palate is malty, sweet, filled with butterscotch and complex hop flavors, mellowed by a nutty, vanilla edge.
In 1075 Robrecht de Fries, the Count of Flanders, built a castle on the ruins of a monastery inhabited by English monks in 640 (hence the place name : Anglomonasterium).
On account of its strategic position, at the gates of West Flanders, along the Mandel river, at a junction on the strategic road between Courtrai and Bruges, Ingelmunster was called ‘the key to Flanders’. The present building which goes back to 1736 (with cellars dating from the Middle Ages), is typical of its period, a time when castles had lost their military function. They were luxurious residences, a place where hospitality and good taste went hand in hand. The seigneury of Ingelmunster, which has been a baronetcy since the end of the 16th century, has belonged to several families :
- Under the counts of Flanders, including among others de Rhodes and van Gistel (1000 – 1384)
- Under the Dukes of Burgundy, German and French families, and more particularly the Bourgondi and van Kleef families (1384 – 1583)
- The de Plotho family (1583 – 1825)
- The de Montblanc family (1825 – 1986)
- In 1986 the castle was bought by the Van Honsebrouck family, who have been brewing in Ingelmunster since 1900.