(CNN)Connoisseurs of Belgium's world-renowned beer will soon be able to taste a range of special brews made according to recipes that have been sitting untouched in the archives of Grimbergen Abbey for more than 200 years.
After 220-year hiatus, Belgian monks will brew beer according to centuries-old recipes
Monks at the Norbertine abbey recently delved into a collection of books that was almost destroyed by a fire during the French Revolution. They uncovered details on how Grimbergen beers were brewed in the past -- the last time in 1798.
Its name is probably familiar to beer-lovers since Danish giant Carlsberg has a licensing deal to produce a beer known as Grimbergen for the international market.
But now the brothers of the abbey, which is located near Brussels, want to brew the original beer themselves. They are combining ancient traditions detailed in books -- some dating back to the 12th century -- with modern techniques to craft limited-edition batches.
"Beer has always been part of life in the abbey and we are proud of the beers we have today," the Rev. Karel Stautemas, subprior at the abbey, said in a statement.
"We've really enjoyed reading more about past brewing traditions in the pages of these ancient texts. We've spent hours leafing through the books, which are written in Latin and Old Dutch, and have discovered ingredient lists for beers brewed in previous centuries, the hops used, the types of barrels and bottles, and even a list of the actual beers produced centuries ago."
Karel will undertake additional formal brewing training to help with the production himself.