“The monastic community really wanted to respond to the marketing demand for a nonalcoholic beer,” relates Abbot Bernardus. “We also feel this to be a social responsibility. From our side, this new beer would have to be nonalcoholic, organic, and flavorful. This led to our 0.0% Trappist beer, based on La Trappe Dubbel.”
The unique beer was named “Nillis,” from the Latin words “nihil” (= nothing) and “nullus” (= none). “Nillis” also refers to the Nile River, which has its source in Uganda. “And as many know, some of the brewery profits go to Our Lady of Victoria Abbey, our daughterhouse in Uganda. Thus the name of the beer also symbolizes the bonds Koningshoeven Abbey has with that land.
At the beginning of September, Koningshoeven's Cheese Production received many awards. During the national competition, judged by the Dairy Produers' Guild, they won the 2021 Cum Laude Award in the category “Dairy Producers' Herb Cheese” for “La Trappe Quadrupel Oak-Aged Cow's Milk Cheese.”
The annual Cum Laude Awards, in which cheese inspectors from the Dairy Producers' Guild judge cheeses, was a little different than usual this year, due to COVID. “We could only submit a limited number of cheeses,” said Br. Isaac. “So that's what we did, because it's always good to get feedback from the real experts. That's what matters most to us. But it also makes us proud that we won prizes with them again.” In addition to the Cum Laude Award, the natural mature goat's milk cheese, the natural aged cow's milk cheese, and the spiced semi-mature cow's milk cheese all received high scores from the judges.