挪西亞修道院啤酒Birra Nursia


「挪西亞修道院啤酒|Birra Nursia」,由修道院「本篤會修道會|Benedictine Monastery of St. Benedict」所釀造。「挪西亞|Nursia」,就是現今的意大利中部的「諾爾恰|Norcia」,是西元480年時,古羅馬時期的聖人-「聖本篤|St. Benedict」的出生地,由他所建立的本篤會規範(Rule),對基督教教義發展極具影響力,也因此,本篤會常被稱為西方修道院體系的創始人,自10世紀始,修士們就在此守護奉獻著聖本篤出生地的修道院。

直到西元1810年,受到拿破崙的壓迫,教堂被迫轉移給其他教區,修道院也因此關閉,販售予私人家族。到了1998年,「聖本篤修會|OSB」的神父『Fr. Cassian』落腳羅馬,開始尋找並組織臨時的基地,以建立修道院的,在西元2000年,兩股似乎不可能的力量相遇了,渴求修道院回歸的「挪西亞」迎回了暌違200年,聖本篤的修士們-回到聖本篤的出生地。


自古以來,修士們就明瞭:必須要和外界分享他們的世界觀和信念,為了避免與塵世太過脫離,他們需BIRRA NURSIA PRESS_Page_06.jpg要世俗的手段,因循這樣的哲學,「挪西亞修道院」從比利時的傳統汲取靈感,決心建構酒廠,來與外界分享可以啓發-『發自內心的愉悅』-這樣動手勞動的喜樂,做為最大的宗旨。






Extra (10% ABV, Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale)nursia-extra-in-glass

Birra Nursia Extra has a beguiling dark brown hue with luminous
ruby reflections and a creamy, frothy head. Its aroma is characterized by notes of fresh yeast, dark berries and stone fruits, embellished with a touch of cocoa. It is a well-structured beer dominated by malty flavours with hints of caramel and liqueur, rounded off by a warm, dry and peppery finish.

Recommended serving temperature: 9-11 degrees. 

Food pairings: Hard cheese selections; first courses with sauces such as bolognaise, sausage, speck and game; meat with red fruit jelly or dried fruit pies. Pizzas: white pizza with sausage , mushrooms and truffle cream (bianca con salsiccia, funghi e crema di tartufo); four seasons pizza with walnuts (quattro formagi e noci). 


Birra Nursia is brewed by the monks of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy (Monastero di San Benedetto di Norcia). Saint Benedict is a Catholic saint who was born in the ancient pre-Roman town of Norcia in the year 480. His “Rule” became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of western monasticism. Monks have cared for the Basilica built over his birthplace since the 10th century.

In 1810, the Celestine Congregation of the Benedictine order was suppressed under Napoleon. The monastery was closed, the Basilica passed into the hands of the diocese, and the monastic buildings were sold off to private families. A fledgling community founded in 1998, in Rome, by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, sought a monastery. The town of Norcia – absent of monks for nearly 200 years -longed for their return. In 2000, these two seemingly impossible forces met and God’s providence brought the return of Benedictine life to the birthplace of St. Benedict.

Since ancient times, Monks have understood that to share their worldview and faith with the outside world, and indeed, avoid being isolated from it, they must use temporal means. In harmony with this philosophy, and taking inspiration from Belgian tradition, the Monastery of St. Benedict in Nursia decided to construct a brewery, to the purpose of sharing the joy of labouring with one’s own hands together with the outside world: a joy which ‘gladdens the heart’ (ut laetificet cor), as the maxim of Birra Nursia declaims.

The brewery was officially inaugurated on August 15th, 2012 and in March of 2013, Birra Nursia was served to the Cardinals at the Papal conclave.The small brewery is located within the thousand-year old walls of the monastery, and every phase of the brewing process is followed by a tight-knit team of monks under the guidance of Father Francesco, Master Brewer, guaranteeing a beer both pleasing in taste and capable of satisfying the spirit. All the monks contribute to the work in the brewhouse. From receiving ingredients and raw materials, to assisting in the brewhouse and helping with bottling, to taste evaluations of the final product and sales, Birra Nursia is purely a monastic creation.

All revenue the monastery generates is used to support the work of prayer and evangelical witness at the 1500-year-old monastery in Norcia. Naturally, this includes offering warm hospitality to pilgrims and the poor, who are assured of being welcomed at the monks’ door.

Every purchase of beer helps ensure that the centuries-old Latin chants will be sung daily in those ancient buildings, ever in need of repair, and that future monks and pilgrims will have a place to call home.