|Brother Cellarer in Belgium -- named Gerard?|
Gerard had been a soldier, which might have influenced the decision to put him in charge. Not a lot of monks would be willing to go toe to toe with a combat veteran for an extra pint of beer, especially if that vet had the backing of Father Abbot. And more especially since that abbot was Bernard of Clairvaux, the Mellifluous Doctor of the Church. If I had been a monk at Clairvaux, I would have taken my daily quart gratefully and troubled no one for more.
I haven't said a lot about Blessed Gerard, but I don't have a lot of specifics on him. He was wounded at the siege of Grancy and joined the Cistercians under Bernard at Citeaux. He accompanied Bernard to Clairvaux, where he was the Mellifluous Doctor's close confidant. Bernard mourned his loss and praised his piety. And hopefully, all the brothers got an extra pint to mark his passing.