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Pale Ale

Belgian Pales consume the Belgian brewing scene, and were initially brewed to compete with Pilseners during the WWII time frame. They differ from other regional Pale Ale varieties, by traditionally being less bitter, using aged hops for a delicate hop finish, and boasting sweetish to toasty malt overtones. They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle. This will showcase their brilliant color range from pale straw yellow to amber hues. Most will be crowned with thick, clinging, rocky white heads. Flavors and aromas will vary. Some have natural spice characters from yeast and hops, while others are spiced.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%
  

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Trappist Westvleteren Blond 6° (Green Cap)-1/3L-11.6fl.oz

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A Trappist beer is a beer brewed by or under control of Trappist monks. Of the world's 171 Trappist monasteries (as of April 2005 ), seven produce beer (six in Belgium and one in The Netherlands). These seven breweries are authorized to label their beers with the Authentic Trappist Product logo that indicates a compliance to various rules edicted by the International Trappist Association.

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No label, just the famous green cap. Pours a hazy yellow like any blonde with little head. A clean orange color with a white frothy head. The aroma on this beer is outstanding. Lots of apple, pear, and sweet alcohol aromas dance together up to the nose. The flavor is outstanding as well. It is malty, bready, and sweet all the time. There are a few light fruit flavors noticable in the beer.

 

Authentic Trappist Product

The Brewery of the Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren is a Belgian Trappist brewery. The brewery is located inside the Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren in the Belgian municipality of Westvleteren, not far from the hops-producing town of Poperinge. The brewery and its beers are usually referred to as just Westvleteren. Like many strong Belgian beers, the 8  from Westvleteren age well and can be cellared for many years whilst maintaining quality.

Westvleteren LogoThe bottles have been sold without labels since 1945. All of the legally required information is printed on the crown tops. Because of this lack of space, Westvleteren beers are the only Trappist beers that do not have the official Trappist logo displayed on the bottle. The logo is only printed on the distinctive wooden crates. Any bottles that are labelled have had them added unofficially by others. For example, some importers into the United States label the bottles in order to comply with local regulations.

The WestVleteren BreweryHistory

Trappist monks from the Catsberg monastery, located in France, founded the St Sixtus monastery in 1831. In 1838, the brewing at Westvleteren commenced, and has been continuous ever since. In 1850, some of the monks founded the Notre Dame de Scourmont monastery, which also brews a Trappist beer. During World Wars I and II, the Westvleteren brewery continued to operate, albeit at a lower capacity. The brewery was the only Trappist one to retain the copper vessels throughout the wars - the other breweries had the copper salvaged by the Germans for their war efforts. In WWI this was primarily due to the abbey not being occupied by the Germans, but instead was caring for wounded allied troops. In 1962, the St Bernardus brewery in nearby Watou was granted a licence to brew beer under the St Sixtus name. In 1992 this agreement ended, however St Bernardus still brews beers of similar styles, but under their own name. In 1989 the abbey opened its new brewery to replace the older equipment.

The brewery currently employs three secular workers for various manual labour tasks, however the primary brewing is done by the monks only. It is the only Trappist brewery where the monks still do all of the brewing. Five monks run most of the brewery, but an additional five help during bottling.

St Sixtus Monk BrewingCommercial orientations

As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery and some other good causes. Whilst the brewery is a business by definition (it's purpose is to make money), it does not exist for pure profit motives, and they do no advertising except for a small sign outside the abbey which indicates the daily availability of each beer. The monks have repeatedly stated that they only brew enough beer to run the monastery, and will make no more than they need to sell, regardless of demand. During World War II, the brewery stopped supplying wholesalers and since then they only sell to individual buyers in person at the brewery or the inn opposite. These methods all go against modern business methods, however as stated by the Father Abbott on the opening of the new brewery, "We are no brewers. We are monks. We brew beer to be able to afford being monks.". The current production is 4750 hL per year, and this is not expected to be increased.  Aside from the brewery itself, the only other official sale point for the beer is the abbey-owned In de Vrede, a small inn opposite the abbey. Buyers of the beer receive a receipt with Niet verder verkopen (Do not resell) printed on it. The abbey is very much against resale of their beer, and it's their wish that the beer is only commercially available at the two official sale points. To this end, any Westvleteren beer which is sold anywhere else in the world is grey market beer.

Despite the popularity, the monks of St Sixtus have shunned almost all interview and visit requests, and have not enjoyed all of the attention they have received. Non-monastic visitors to the abbey are usually turned away, instead being directed to the inn opposite where there is information about the abbey and brewery. They have stated a desire to live a peaceful monastic life, and find the resulting interruptions quite intrusive.

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Witkap Pater Stimulo 6° - 1/3L -11.6fl.oz

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A refreshing gold-colored beer of high fermentation and with fermentation on the bottle - thus a living beer with evolving taste.  Pored with care you get a rich, white and stable foam collar with a creamy structure and sticking to the glass. You can smell the aromatic hop flowers of Erembodegem. During degustation you get a taste sensation starting with a soft mouth filling taste, passing in the a refreshing taste and ending with a tasty hop-bitter after taste.

Witkap·Pater is a living beer of high fermentation, brewed on an old traditional way and with the finest natural ingredients among which bitter and aromatic hop flowers.


 

Witkap·Pater is a beer of high fermentation. First their is the main fermentation, starting at 25°C. Afterwards the coo down at low temperature. The beer is than bottled or put in a barrel and stored in a warm cellar in order the ferment for the third time. This gives the beer its excellent tastes and natural conservation capability of several years. When the ferment has transformed al the sugar, the ferment will lower to the bottom and Witkap Pater will be cleared in a natural way (without filtration). It is important not to shake the bottle and to pore the beer in one smooth move in order to keep the grounds at the bottom of the bottle.

Witkap∙Pater can be given at different occasions: as an aperitif, together with a meal, on a sunny terrace or at the fire place. Witkap·Pater is also suitable for cooking with.

 

Poring Witkap

In order to have an optimal enjoyment and taste, Witkap·Pater is best served at low cellar temperature. While poring the beer, do not shake the bottle. By filling the glass upto the top in one smooth move, the grounds (will stay at the bottom of the bottle and you can enjoy a clear Witkap·Pater.


 

150 years of family tradition

The brewery Slaghmuylder was founded in 1860 by Emmanuel Slaghmuylder, who until than was a grain trader. The latest part of the name Slayhmulder refers to the name of a miller (muylder). Around century rotation its son Ernest took over the healthy company. He married Marie Van Roy, daughter of a brewer family of Wieze. Around that time father Slaghmuylder bought the abbey ground at Ninove, Denderhoutembaan. 

His three sons: Emile (°1900), Edmond (°1901) and Edouard (°1905) started to build in 1925 a new brewery. The buildings at the Sint-Jorisstraat were to small. In 1926, the new brewery could start immediately with the new brewing process for lager beer (fermentation at 8°C).  The SLAG PILS was born.

During the war of 1940-1945 brewing restarted for fermentation at higher temperature (24°C). For this process, less energy was needed for cool-down. It is only in1958 that the brewery started with the production of SLAG PILS, HELLES, and TAFELHELL; beers with fermentation at low temperature (8°C). Mid year 60, the three brothers were succeeded by their sons.

From 1979 on, the three nephews started brewing WITKAP·PATER  on request of brewery "De Drie Linden" from Brasschaat.  In 1981, WITKAP·PATER was officially taken over by Slaghmuylder. The Witkap·Pater was further adjusted to current taste.  Three variants where borne. WITKAP·PATER STIMULO  (Alc. 6%vol.), WITKAP·PATER DUBBELE PATER (Alc. 7%vol.l) and WITKAP·PATER TRIPEL (Alc. 7.5% vol.).  The brewery was equipped with separate fermentation and layering cellars for both high and low fermentation beers.

Brewery Slaghmuylder is a unique family company that builds on a rich tradition.

 

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Orval 6.2° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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A Trappist beer is a beer brewed by or under control of Trappist monks. Of the world's 171 Trappist monasteries (as of April 2005 ), seven produce beer (six in Belgium and one in The Netherlands). These seven breweries are authorized to label their beers with the Authentic Trappist Product logo that indicates a compliance to various rules edicted by the International Trappist Association.

This beer, exceptional for the quality and special nature of its taste, is one of the most popular Trappist beer in Belgium. An extraordinary brew, mainly because of the wonderful water used from the spring feeding the fountain of Matilda, the Duchess of Tuscany and aunt of Godfrey of Bouillon.  

 

 The history of Orval :

Throughout the long history of Orval, there has probably always been a brewery at the monastery. Various facts corroborate this idea : topographical references on old drawings; a detailed description of production left by a Franciscan visitor three hundred years ago; an area called the "hop-field" very close to the monastery.To brew beer was customary in these areas little-suited to vine-growing. Beer was first and foremost considered for its nourishing properties : it was called "liquid bread".

The Orval MonastryIn 1529, the Emperor Charles Quint granted the monks authorization to establish a foundry which would provide the necessary revenues for the repair of war damages.

Then Orval began to rise again from its ruins after more than 130 years, the enormous task of rebuilding the monastery required considerable financial means; a brewery was established to assume the rôle of the former foundry.

In 1931 the Brewery was not, therefore, set up as a further economic activity of the monks who were already producing bread and cheese; rom the very outset, the Brewery employed lay-people. The first master brewer was a German by the name of Pappenheimer; he is buried at Villers-devant-Orval.Old Orval Truck

The paternity of this very distinctive beer can probably be attributed conjointly to Mr. Pappenheimer and to the Belgian, Honoré Van Zande who was present in the brewery at the same period. They were daring : the combination of production methods which they thought up is nowhere else to be found. Several of these methods, such as "dry-hopping", are English. This results in a beer whose characteristic aroma and taste owe more to the hops and to the yeast than to the malts. In the same way as the secret of fabrication, the specific beer-glass, the bottle and the label, which we still know today, are witnesses to the origins in the early '30's.

 

 

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Petrus Blond 6.6° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Pours a clear golden orange color with a huge fluffy white head, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose has aromas of grain, fruit and spice coming through. The taste is very pleasant, refreshing and well balanced. The finish is very clean. Definitely worth checking out.

 

 

 

The old Bavik breweryHow it all begun. In August 1894 Adolphe De Brabandere, farmer at the "Hof ter Koutere" submitted an application with the town council of Bavikhove for permission to “build a brewery”. One of his children, Joseph De Brabandere, concocted that very same year his very first brew. Joseph De Brabandere died in 1929 at the age of 54. After some difficult years, his son Albert took the lead of the brewery and under his impulse the company grew steadily.

The growth.Before 1950 the beer was exclusively sold to cafés and individuals. After 1950 deliveries were made to beer merchants. This was also theTruck delivering beertime that pils beer became popular. Till then, mainly table beer was brewed in addition to the draughts beer that was supplied to cafés.   The sales network was extended and now it became possible to purchase the Bavik and Bon-Val products through the beer traders and the cafés in West- and East Flanders and in Hainaut. In the meantime father Albert had been married for some time and he had 5 children of which 2 sons: Ignace and Vincent. They both contributed to the flourishing business of the Bavik Brewery. In the midst of the seventies, the beer trade was in trouble because of the success of the department stores. Therefore the brewery invested in another market segment, the sector of restaurants and cafés. In 1975 they had 150 customers and when they celebrated their centenary they counted about thousands of clients.

 

 

Petrus Blond Beer LabelToday, four generations since its establishment, Bavik Brewery is still a family run business. Despite the many take-overs and the fusions in the beer sector, we wish to safeguard our independency in order to assure the quality and the regional identity. As one of the largest independent breweries in Belgium, we wish to continue working in the future to maintain our beer culture.

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Maredsous Blond 6° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Certified Belgian Abbey Beer means that it is associated with an existing or former Abbey. It has been brewed with the consent of the Abbey monks. It pays royalties to help finance the Abbey's charitable activities. It only uses marketing activity approved by the monks.

Blond Maredsous with 6% alcohol content unites various malt and hop components into a harmonious tasting experience. A touch of fruitiness enriches the mainly fresh and slightly bitter aftertaste. A superior thirst quencher. Excellent presentation in the glass with a clean amber body and crisp head. Floral nose with a yeasty phenolic note. Light and uplifting body.

 

In 1871, Jan-Leonard Moortgat, son of a brewer’s family from Steenhffel, founds the Duvel Moortgat farm brewery together with his wife Maria De Block.  At that time, the newly born brewery is only one of the 4,000 breweries in Belgium around the turn of the century.  The start is not exactly easy: Jan-Leonard does some pioneering work during those first years, trying to sell a number of high fermentation beers like Stavelot. With varying success. Thanks to a combination of perseverance, brewer’s passion and craftsmanship, Jan-Leonard Moortgat gradually builds a loyal client base for his high fermentation beers. The middle classes of Brussels also appreciate his beers, and he is able to open a epot in Laken. The start, as it turns out, of a success story that has already lasted for 130 years.

Around the turn of the century, Jan-Leonard’s sons Albert and Victor join the business. Albert becomes the brewer, Victor takes care of deliveries by horse and cart to Brussels. English ales enjoy considerable popularity during this period. The First World War brings them to Belgium. In 1963, the Benedictine abbey of Maredsous entrusted the production and sales of the famed Maredsous beers to Duvel Moortgat. The monks continue to exercise strict control over its recipes and quality standards right up to today.

Regardless of what colour or taste you choose, the Maredsous range has everything to intrigue you. These aromatic, delicate, fruity and velvety beers supplement each other in a perfect harmony as far as both colour and taste experience are concerned.

The Maredsous AbbeyUnder licence to the "Fromagerie et Brasserie de Maredsous" and under strict supervision of the monks, Duvel Moortgat from then on brews, bottles and sells the Maredsous range: a blond variant with 6% alcohol content, a brown one with 8% alcohol content and a triple one with 10% alcohol content that joins the family in 1990.

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Palm 5.4°-1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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The top selling standard ale in Belgium, produced by the family Palm brewery, first established in 1747. A nice light refreshing beer.
Amber with a good head and nice lacework. Sweet, malty and fruity aroma with metallic notes. Flavour is smooth, fruity and a bit bitter. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter and metallic.

 

1364 Charles IV, Emperor of Germany, obliged brewers to use hops when brewing beer according to the "Novus Modus Fermentandi Cervisiam".
With this decree Brabant, as opposed to the county of Flanders, which was governed by the French king, was made to use hops. The French king proclaimed the "gruit" duty which prescribed spices but no hops. Hops keep beer from turning sour. That is why the beer quality improved significantly in Brabant. The bacteriostatic effect of hops makes the yeast flora take the upper hand: this is how "top-fermented beers" come about. Top yeasts, called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, are active at ambient temperature and rise to the top by the end of the fermentation, they give the beer more taste and aroma.

 

In 1904 the Belgian brewery schools organised a competition to improve Belgian beer. The task was to brew a heavier beer with 5 percent alcohol. The brewers of Brabant named this beer Speciale Belge and gave their brands the prefix ‘Special(e)’ or the suffix ‘Ale’. Many brands fell by the wayside, but Palm became the market leader. The Special Belge is amber coloured and has a common alcohol volume of 5,2 %. They are brewed according to the infusion method. The main ingredients are the brewing water rich in minerals and the light coloured malts of maritime barley. The beer is slightly hopped with soft aroma hops. Adding "top yeasts" results in a fruity, full beer with a fine bitter sweet balance. After the first fermentation the "young" tastes will refine and the typical tenderness will develop during the maturation process. Cooling the beer off to 0°C after maturation causes the turbidity that is later filtered out of the beer.

 

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Ename Blond 6.5° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Certified Belgian Abbey Beer means that it is associated with an existing or former Abbey. It has been brewed with the consent of the Abbey monks. It pays royalties to help finance the Abbey's charitable activities. It only uses marketing activity approved by the monks.

The abbey beer Ename Blond is brewed according to the medieval recipe of the nearby Benedictine abbey. The brand name is "Abbey Beer Ename Blond". It is a high fermentation, with additional fermentation after bottling .
The ingredients are water, malt, grain, hops, sugar, yeast (after bottling) and carbon dioxide. Finally the best drinking temperature is at 10° Celsius.
 

 

1545 was the first year the brewery was mentioned as ‘De Clocke’ (The Bell) on an official document, and defined as the site of a well known tavern-hotel- farm where horses culd be exchanged or rested. As in all such places of that era, the publican brewed his own ale, ale, being the most important beverage for young and old. It was Justistius Roman who ran the place in that time.  The brewery was built along one of the main roads between North West Germany and France, in the village of Mater (today a suburb of the Flemish city of Oudenaarde.)  The name “Roman” could mean that the family was of Roman descent, and probably settled in the area in the first century A.D. 

The Roman Brewery in Oudenaarde14 generations of the same family built this brewery up into the largest brewery in East Flanders. Today, the brewery has grown, and over the centuries become a very large, impressive building, built into closed fortress with a large open space in the middle. This was the result of the many dangers and wars that tormented Flanders in the last 5 centuries, and against which the brewery had to defend itself. Today, the open space is used for rock concerts, where beer flows on-line straight from the brewery-tanks, for a festive a string of summer weekends each year. 

Up until World War II the brewery built its success on ales, especially the typical Old Brown style of Flemish beers.  After the war, the brewery jumped on the Pilsner bandwagon. Its Romy Pils became, and is still tol this day, one of the best selling and most appreciated Belgian Pilsners.  Even so, the brewery’s international success is built on its world famous ENAME Abbey ales, the strong blond SLOEBER and the old brown ale ADRIAAN BROUWER, brewed in the same style as the original ancient family recipe..

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Pater Lieven Blond 6.5° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Appearance: bright, peachy gold color, though fraught with dark floaties drifting around. Makes me suspicious, perhaps a little afraid. Head is a powdery white, well-retained. Nose: big with spice, sharp, and citrusy. On the tongue, smooth, with mellow hops. Good balance, bright, happy taste, short, but friendly finish. In short, the fruity flavor and generous yeasty taste, creates a nice, sweet brew, easily enjoyed.

 

 

The Van den Bossche brewery has been in existence for over 100 years. In 1897 Arthur Van den Bossche bought a farm in Sint-Lievens-Esse, in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes. He built a brewery there, where still today the bottle-conditioned ales are brewed. The best known of these is the abbey style beer, Pater Lieven. It was named after the patron saint of the parish, Saint Livinus, and brewed according to the traditional manner of abbey beers. Buffalo 9% abv, Kerst Pater 9% abv, Pater Lieven Tripel 8% abv

It really is craft brewing, hands-on brewing, if you go to the brewery you’ll find Mr. and Mrs. Van den Bossche working there. And I think that you taste that in the beer, you taste the human touch. A little bit of individuality, they don’t worry too much about consistency because the beer is consistent enough.

The marketing department of a big brewery would hate that. We love it,

Super 64 5.2° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Its very subtle aroma matches its taste bringing out its malts and hops with a cereal tone inviting a very light caramel slightly bitter but tempting the pleasure of tasting. Serve between 4 and 9° C

 

 

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Last century saw large farms in Hainaut brewing barley and hops. Silly is a village lying in the Ath, Enghien and Soignies triangle and is crossed by the Sylle, the river from which the village takes its name. Silly possesses a brewery that was founded in 1850 as Cense de la Tour, and that is today operated by the 5th generation.

From 1947 the Brewery became more prominent than the farm yet was still only producing top fermentation beer like Grisette, Saison and Scotch. Several years later in 1950 when the Brewery already had a chain of bars, it began producing a bottom fermentation beer Pils as part of its product range.

1975 is noted for the purchase of the Tennstedt Decroes Brewery in Enghien which meant that it could add Double Enghien to its range, today available in two forms: brown ale and lager.

1990 saw the creation of a white beer known as Blanche Titje. This beer together with Saison de Silly, Double Enghien and Divine, have contributed to the growth of this independent and traditionally based family business.

But it doesn't stop there! Research efforts have helped in producing the latest family beer, a pink grapefruit flavoured white beer: Pink Killer, with a bright promising future.

Over recent years the Brewery has been enhancing its export business.

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Leffe Blond 6.5° -1/3L- 11.6fl.oz

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Certified Belgian Abbey Beer means that it is associated with an existing or former Abbey. It has been brewed with the consent of the Abbey monks. It pays royalties to help finance the Abbey's charitable activities. It only uses marketing activity approved by the monks. 

A dry, fruity, lightly spiced beer, full and creamy - a perfect balance of strength and subtlety. The brand has a delicate and light, malty aroma and a subtle, sweet finish. Leffe Blonde is a perfect accompaniment to light, everyday meals.

 

 

 

InBev Brewing KettleThe range was originally brewed in the town of Leffe in the Abbaye de Notre Dame by the Norbentine monks. The first Leffe beer was brewed around 1152 in this small village monastery by the river Meuse in the province of Namur, Southern Belgium.

Ill fate struck the monastery in 1440, when it was all but destroyed by a flood. Six years later a fire swept the village. Despite this, independent brewing of fine Leffe beers continued for a further three centuries until, during the Napoleonic wars the brewery was finally plundered.

Leffe beer was no more, until the descendants of the brewers struck a deal with a non-secular brewery to continue the fine tradition. Thus the St-Guibert brewery, owned by Interbrew and based in the small town of Mont St-Guibert, has been brewing under the Leffe brand name since 1952.

There are five different beers in the Leffe range. By far the two most popular (and indeed, widely available) are Blonde and Brune. Due to the prevailing preference for straw-colour, pilsner-like beers, Blonde is the favourite of the two, although all Leffe beers generally have a lovely aromatic malt character.

Until now this beer with the characteristic saturated taste has been brewed of the best natural ingredients using the special technology of high fermentation and is created for those, who know how to enjoy life. In 1952 the Leffe brewery became part of the Interbrew company. (Now InBev)

While Leffe is not brewed in the abbey itself any more, the knowledge and unique taste developed over hundreds of years is retained today. One can visit the Leffe museum in the town of Dinant. 

The serving and drinking of a Leffe is heavily ritualised and linked to the heritage of Belgian beers. The key element of this ritual is the use of a branded glass, as shown in the photograph. In Belgium every type of beer, particularly a special ale, is served in its own type of branded glass. For this reason, many pubs and bars will not normally serve Leffe in standard glasses.

The mere presence of a brand name on a glass will of course not impart any difference to the taste or texture of the beer. The type of glass however may have an influence, with a chalice shaped glass better suited for strong, richly flavoured ales such as abbey beers than a conventional straight shaped glass used for lagers  and light ales .

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St Benoit Blonde 6.3° -1/3L- 11.6fl.oz

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This abbey beer has a beautiful straw colour and a fine, delicate, white head. Its aroma is fruity with a slight flavour of hops ... It is a slightly bitter, pleasantly sweet, mellow beer. It is developed from pale malt fine German hops and it is aromatised. with liquorice, sweet orange and coriander. When it is undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle, sugar and yeast are added just before packaging so as to reach its saturation in the boule. It is preferably tasted between 5° and 12°.

 

Everything began in 1858 when Martin BELOT, farmer in Purnode, started brewing a beer in his farm. In the very beginning, the beer was only brewed in the winter, when there was no work for his farmworkers on the fields.
The discovery of a well of water of outstanding quality and quantity close to the farm was, of course, an additional asset.

The brewery proposed a very wide range of products, going from table-beer to strong beers, passing through a large mix of densities, colours, bitterness and tastes. The brewer distributed the beers himself to his customers, mostly within a few kilometers around the brewery. It was after the first worldwar that the beer La GAULOISE top-fermented brown beer, started to be brewed.
From the very beginning, this beer has been very successful. La Gauloise brown is nowadays the oldest beer brewed and produced by Brasserie du Bocq.

The Old BreweryBrasserie du Bocq was a PLC since 1949. 100% family concern, the brewery still remains independent of all Belgian or foreign brewing groups. All the farmactivities and door-to-door deliveries were definitely stopped in 1960. The delivery of the beers started through supermarkets, drinkmarkets and beermerchants. By taking over the Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in 1967, Brasserie du Bocq added two new beers to its range of products : SAISON REGAL and REGAL CHRISTMAS.  The Belot family decided at that period to specialize in the production of special top-fermented beers with refermentation in the bottle. In 1983, Brasserie du Bocq stopped all production at Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in order to concentrate the entire production of beers in Purnode where the production equipment is being modernized with own cash.

Taking advantage of the query for traditional beers, Brasserie du Bocq started with the exportation of its products. And this became a success. Indeed, Belgian beers have an excellent reputation all over the world. Brasserie du Bocq exports mainly to France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Japan … The production volume has doubled in seven years and reached almost 60.000 hectolitres in 2000. With actual sales of more than 6.250.000 Euros, Brasserie du Bocq is considered as being one of the most important independent breweries of Wallonia.

Moreover, Brasserie du Bocq has the necessary production facilities and adequate sales department in order to bear a contract brewing production. This way, the company provides an outstanding know-how and industrial tool to its customers.

Today, nothing has changed in Purnode, at least in the art of brewing. Even if the company has widely extend

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ed its local activities, it nevertheless remains a family concern.
Be sure this story will last for many years and that the beers of the Brasserie du Bocq will animate for ever and ever this charming little village of Purnode.

At Brasserie du Bocq, two brews a day are produced : one brew contents about 22.000 litres or 220 hectolitres.

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Grimbergen Blond 7° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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When the monks of Grimbergen, a small village to the north of Brussels, founded their monastery in 1128, they could hardly have imagined that their beer would one day become known the world over for its fine taste and quality. The original recipe has scarcely changed since it was first made some nine hundred years ago, under the watchful eye of the phoenix, the emblem of the monastery. Beer connoisseurs greatly appreciate this light-colored, fruity beer with its frothy, abundant head, that used to be served up by the monks to weary travellers who made made their thirsty way up to the wooden gates of the Grimbergen monastery.

 

In the year 1128 St. Norbert built an abbey for the Norbertine order in the Brabant town of Grimbergen. Apart from observing their contemplative and religious tasks the friars applied themselves to the art of brewing. The abbey was known for its hospitality and provided a safe shelter for pilgrims and travellers in those often tumultuous times. The Norbertines underlined their hospitality by serving their home-brewed beer. The recipe was formulated with great care and precision. Throughout the centuries the friars passed on the recipe to the next generation. The high-fermentation Grimbergen beers are now brewed by Alken-Maes with quite as much attention to tradition and quality. The Grimbergen Abbey was destroyed several times by fire, but each time it was rebuilt again. The phoenix symbolises this resurgence. The secret of Grimbergen beer was also preserved and is still cherished. Grimbergen is a beer filled with passion.

Serving hints: Grimbergen Blond

Store the bottles at 6°C.

  • Pour into a degreased, dry glass, making sure the bottle does not touch the foam.
  • Pour slowly and carefully to create a fine large head.
  • Put the glass and bottle on the appropriate coasters.

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Brugse Zot 6° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The only beer that is actually brewed and lagered in Brugge (Bruges), the fierce medieval town in Flanders, the Venice of the North, one of the three most beautiful cities in Western Europe.  Pale blond ale, crowned with a white head, blooms with a fruity pronounced aroma, hints of lemon, and hits the palate with a refreshing dryness, embellished by hints of spices and orange, balanced by an underlying faint malty sweetness. This is one of the lighter Pale golden ales with an alcohol content of 6 %. The beer finishes with a short, fruity taste that somewhat sticks to the palate. 

 

 

 

 

A great beer to drink with friends and family around the dinner table, goes with most dishes where it brings refreshment and cleansing of the palate. The fruity dryness and the relatively low alcohol content make it a great refreshing beer to drink with company during pleasant times, or moments of extreme fun. 

Because of the more conservative use of hops, and thus the lack of an outspoken bitterness, this beer is very well suited to use in the preparation of food dishes and deserts. Sabayons is a given, but also many sauces will be highly enhanced with this beer.

For many centuries, the people of Bruges have been known to their Flemish neighbors, as “Bruges Fools”. How did they get this name?  A couple explanations run around today. The most prevalent is that Emperor Maximilian of Austria, who had acquired Flanders through his marriage to Mary of Burgundy, was staying in Bruges at the end of the 15th century to watch the famous yearly Holy Blood Procession. The day after, the citizens of Bruges asked him to sponsor the creation of a ‘fools house’, an institution for mental illness. The emperor responded’ “Just close the city gates. Bruges is one big fools’ house!” During the procession the day before, he had seen the burghers of ruges jumping and fooling around. The procession is a lot of fun, and the most festive day of Bruges

Indeed, there was certainly a lot of ale drinking during the procession, and all participants dressed up in all kind of costumes, picturing scenes from the Holy Bible and from daily life. To this very day, this procession is quite a spectacle! What’s more, each of the Trade Guilds in those days had their own Joker, whose task it was to bring the funny note into their meetings, and to make the people laugh during their public outings. Each guild competed to have the most funny guy in their midst. So there you have a second explanation for the Bruges nickname, “Brugse Zot”. 

 

The institute for people with mental illnesses was eventually created in the early 16th century. An  exceptional link with the ‘Halve Maan’ brewery is the fact that Cannon Maes, head of the Mental Illness institute in 1856, gave money to Leon Maes to install a new brewery at the premises. This is the year when the Maes Family took over the brewery. Thus, the first big customer of the brewery was the mental institution. Indeed, even today, hospitals still serve beer to their patients in Belgium.  Xavier Vanneste, today’s brewer, is the son of Veronique Maes.

 

 

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Floreffe Blonde 6.5°-1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Certified Belgian Abbey Beer means that it is associated with an existing or former Abbey. It has been brewed with the consent of the Abbey monks. It pays royalties to help finance the Abbey's charitable activities. It only uses marketing activity approved by the monks.
Clear golden colored, fantastic big white lasting rocky head. Hoppy and yeasty aroma, not very strong but nice. Pleasant soft hoppy flavor, balanced, not too complex though. Very nice finish, makes you want to drink more and more. One of the few relatively low alcohol blonde beers i really like.

It is in 1121 that Norbert de Gennep, founder of the order of Prémontrés, founded the Abbey of Floreffe (which is named after flora : Latin for flower), at the request of the Counts of Namur.

Out of all the Abbeys in the area, Floreffe quickly asserts itself as the most important. During the following centuries they found numerous abbeys. Let us quote for example the Abbey of Leffe (1152), founded on grounds which had been received as a private domain. Other abbeys were created in France, Germany and even one in the Holy Land.

Around the year 1250, a Mill-Brewery is built within the Abbey. The first beers of the Abbey of Floreffe were brewed.

Up to the 18th. century, the Abbey of Floreffe and that of Mielmont formed a shield that protected Namur. It is after this long period of war that taxed the Abbey of Floreffe until the 18th century that the buildings which still make up the Abbey of today were built.

The abbey thrived until 1794, date on which the French revolution arrives in our region. The Abbey of Floreffe is deserted by the monks and put up for sale. It is repurchased by associated monks but there will never be an important enough community reunited in this locality to restore the Norbertins. The production of beer is obviously abandoned.

In 1842, three survivors of the monks of Floreffe remain, the last of these dies in 1850.

Faced with these disappearances, measures were taken for the conservation of the Abbey on the site of Floreffe. With this in mind, it is initially a seminar then a school which occupied the walls of the Abbey.

In 1960, the Headmaster of the College of the Abbey of Floreffe decides, in order to collect money for the maintenance of the buildings, to restore the Mill-Brewery and to start the production of beer once more. The Mill-Brewery is one of the bases of the tourist centre of attraction of the Abbey. As for the beer, it is initially entrusted to the Het Anker brewery in Malines. In 1983 the range of beers of the Abbey of Floreffe is entrusted to the Lefebvre Brewery. It is initially composed of 3 beers: Double, Triple Floreffe and Prima Melior and will be extended further with a lager and white variety.

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Val-Dieu Blonde 6° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Slightly cloudy for a blonde. Medium head with strong finger and medium lacing. Smell is subtle with hints of fruit, my allergies are acting up so its a bit tough to get a good feel of the aroma. Very refreshing to drink. Carbonation is pleasant not to much. This is one of the best blondes I have ever had.

Het Kapittel Blond 6.2° - 1/4 L - 8.4fl.oz

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This brew is a light orange color, with a good sized white foam head on the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Good amount of lacing. The scent is lemony/citrusy. A pretty full bodied brew, the taste also has the citrus feel to it, with some bread and butter aspects present as well. This is a nice, refreshing brew, not as intense as its bigger Belgian cousins.

La Gauloise Blond 6.3° -1/3 L- 11.6fl.oz

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La Gauloise Blonde is bright and sparkling and has a fine and creamy head. It is deliciously fragrant owing to its slight hint of fine hops and offers a delicate flavour and is perfect as an aperitif. This beer is brewed from pale malt, fine, aromatic, German and Slovenian hops, aromatised with liquorice, sweet orange and coriander. It is tasted at a temperature between 5° and 12° and goes perfectly well with not very spicy dishes (fish, white meat and poultry).

 

La Gauloise LogoEverything began in 1858 when Martin BELOT, farmer in Purnode, started brewing a beer in his farm. In the very beginning, the beer was only brewed in the winter, when there was no work for his farmworkers on the fields.
The discovery of a well of water of outstanding quality and quantity close to the farm was, of course, an additional asset.

The brewery proposed a very wide range of products, going from table-beer to strong beers, passing through a large mix of densities, colours, bitterness and tastes.
The brewer distributed the beers himself to his customers, mostly within a few kilometers around the brewery. It was after the first worldwar that the beer
La GAULOISE top-fermented brown beer, started to be brewed.  From the very beginning, this beer has been very successful. La Gauloise brown is nowadays the oldest beer brewed and produced by Brasserie du Bocq.

The Old BreweryBrasserie du Bocq was a PLC since 1949. 100% family concern, the brewery still remains independent of all Belgian or foreign brewing groups. All the farmactivities and door-to-door deliveries were definitely stopped in 1960. The delivery of the beers started through supermarkets, drinkmarkets and beermerchants.
By taking over the Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in 1967, Brasserie du Bocq added two new beers to its range of products : SAISON REGAL and REGAL CHRISTMAS. 
The Belot family decided at that period to specialize in the production of special top-fermented beers with refermentation in the bottle.

In 1983, Brasserie du Bocq stopped all production at Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in order to concentrate the entire production of beers in Purnode where the production equipment is being modernized with own cash. Taking advantage of the query for traditional beers, Brasserie du Bocq started with the exportation of its products. And this became a success. Indeed, Belgian beers have an excellent reputation all over the world.  Brasserie du Bocq exports mainly to France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Japan … The production volume has doubled in seven years and reached almost 60.000 hectolitres in 2000. With actual sales of more than 6.250.000 Euros, Brasserie du Bocq is considered as being one of the most important independent breweries of Wallonia.

Moreover, Brasserie du Bocq has the necessary production facilities and adequate sales department in order to bear a contract brewing production. This way, the company provides an outstanding know-how and industrial tool to its customers.

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Today, nothing has changed in Purnode, at least in the art of brewing. Even if the company has widely extended its local activities, it nevertheless remains a family concern.
Be sure this story will last for many years and that the beers of the Brasserie du Bocq will animate for ever and ever this charming little village of Purnode.

At Brasserie du Bocq, two brews a day are produced : one brew contents about 22.000 litres or 220 hectolitres.

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Abbaye de Forest 6.5°-1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet candy sugar. In the taste, a sweet malt, a bit sugary, yet still mellow. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet aftertaste. Kind of feels like I am eating candy.

Biolégère 3.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Soft pale golden body with a light milky haze, underscoring the unfiltered nature of the brew. Creamy white head formed easily and the retention was throughout. Carbonation is medium in strength but the carbon dioxide seems to form larger than normal bubbles. Nice overall presentation. The nose is hoppy, not intensely but more of a freshly harvested hop character. Lively aromas hold some yeast and Saison background traits. Light citric rind sharpens the senses. The taste has a fruity start, pears and apples mix with a funky yet hoppy middle. The pears, gently sprinkled with peppers and a delicate herbal trait, make an appearance again in the finish. Zesty lemon rind tickles the tongue in the middle and shortly after the swallow. Fruity overall finish with a green stained fresh hop ending. Some orange in the aftertaste. Refreshing and I intensely quaffable. I could easily manage a few gallons of this one on a warm Summers day, without feeling too impaired too.

Steenbrugge Blond 6.5° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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Smells fruity and sweet, with sour apple, sweet malt, yeast, light citrus hops, light caramel, grass, wet bread or cardboard, musty or earthy tones like hay, mild spices and the classic funk associated with most bottle conditioned Belgians. The aroma gets more sour and funky as the beer warms, with more fruit coming out like a rotting pear and lemon zest, but it remains soft and light.

Bink Blond 5.5° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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There is no other Belgian beer quite like Bink Blond. Dry-hopped and a lovely golden color, it is brewed by purists using only malt, hops, yeast, and water. Bink Blond is easily one of Belgium’s hoppiest beers, but it packs more malty flavor than you would expect from a beer of only 5.5% alcohol by volume.  The Kerkom Brewery is a family operation built into a rambling farmhouse surrounded by Belgium’s best cherry orchards. In the summer beer lovers from all over the country come to drink fresh beer in the courtyard in front of the brewery.

 

Kerkom BreweryThe dry-hopped Bink Blond is Marc’s one-man crusade to put hops back into Belgian brewing. From the keg, the Blond is a bracing, unwavering direct shot of hops to the system – floral bitterness supported by a light but firm, very dry maltiness, and spiced by just a hint of typically Belgian yeast character. The unreserved hoppiness of this beer may remind you of an American West Coast I.P.A. but, as Marc explains it, this is just the way most Belgian beers used to be. In the bottle, the beer takes on more nuances and becomes more complex. The classic Belgian “farmhouse” character develops over time in the bottle; you may notice a little wild yeast after a while. But still this beer remains supremely hoppy.

The old brewery at Kerkom is the quintessential farmhouse brewery, set amid cherry and pear orchards in the gentle countryside of East Flanders. Brewer Marc Limet and his wife Marina live here, brew here, and on the weekends, offer sustenance to throngs of visiting beer lovers. On warm summer days, people come from all over Belgium to sit in the great courtyard, sipping the brewery’s briskly bitter and refreshing Bink Blond, or the warmer, satisfying Bink Bruin. In the wintertime, smaller crowds of local admirers and friends huddle by the stove in the perfectly cozy pub that feels like an extension of Marc and Marina’s home.

Marc LimetIf you happen to feel that the larger commercial breweries are going down the wrong path – losing their nerve when it’s time to add the hops, using more and more sugar instead of barley malt to make alcoholic but weak-bodied, sweet, characterless brews, and dramatically cutting traditional fermentation times in order to chuck out ever more product, ever more cheaply – you have a kindred spirit in Marc. Someday you should commiserate with him over a cool Bink Blond, lamenting the decline of once great beers, like Chimay Bleu or Duvel, and the rise of insipid characterless beers like Delirium Tremens. Fortunately for you, however, Marc isn’t just stuck in the past. Like a number of other small farmhouse brewers in Belgium, Marc felt compelled to move from amateur brewing to a more commercial operation to counter the general trend of dumbing down in Belgian brewing. He takes his time and brews what he likes, and doesn’t use corn sugar, artificial fruit flavors, and other cheap ingredients in order to appeal to the broadest range of dabbling beer consumers. Using mostly the older equipment of the old brewery, with a few modern additions, Marc makes full-bodied, slightly earthy, very dry beers. The two everyday beers, the Blond and Bruin, are all-malt brews of about 6% alcohol by volume.

You’re probably wondering where the name “Bink” come from. It’s a slang term of endearment for a guy in the rustic area around Kerkom – kind of like the American “dude.” The typical character of a local Bink – a bit coarse but cagey enough to make his way in the world, is described in a common story. It seems that a certain Bink is plodding along the dusty road leading a cow by a rope, when he catches the attention of the constable. The constable recognizes instantly that this Bink is not the cow’s rightful owner, and confronts him. He demands, "Why are you walking off with that cow?" The Bink, looking very surprised, replies "Cow? I just found this piece of rope that someone left lying around. I didn’t notice that there was a cow attached to it." In the end, the Bink lands in the klink, but his quick thinking under pressure is still much admired. There is a bronze statue of this famous Bink in the pub of the Kerkom brewery.

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Arabier 8° - 1/3L -11.6floz

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An arabier is a pure malt beer brewed with flower Nugget-hops from Poperinge. It has the special dry-hopping taste and aroma, so appreciated by beer lovers all over the world. It is one of the two main beers from De Dolle Brouwers throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness is declining with the time. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C. 33cl, 8%ABV.

History of the brewery

 
Dolle Brouwers BreweryThe founder of the brewery was a doctor in medecine, Louis Nevejan. We have recently found papers in the archives stating that the first building dates from 1835 AD. Once it was both brewery and distillery. The founder died in 1882 and the brewery was sold to Alouis Costenoble. The family brewed for three generations until 1980 when the brewery stopped. Beer brands include COQ PILS OUD BRUIN & COSMOS. In Esen there were six breweries (all small and parttime) and two distilleries. The actual brewer is doing historical research on West-Flanders breweries since 1900 AD, and has got the 'GOLDEN HAMMER' Trophy, a two yearly award for historic research on breweries. This was attributed by vzw 't Hamerken in Bruges on March 27, 2000 AD.

 

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Queue De Charrue Amber 5.6° - 1/4L -

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Frotty off-white good most lasting head. Amber color. Powerful great hoppy aroma. Slightly malty. Little metallic flavor. Orange notes. Oily palate.
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Grisette Blonde 4.5° -1/4L- 8.4fl.oz

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Grisette Blonde is a pale ale that is very refreshing in summer. When drunk at a moderate temperature, it releases aromas of a richness that it is seldom found in other beers of this strength. Its head is smooth and white. It has a light yellow colour.

 

 

Grisette Blonde LabelAt the start of the century, in Hainaut, every small brewery produced a top-fermenting beer which was drawn from wooden barrels. This traditional beer was the pride of the local breweries and quenched the thirst of the most demanding customers !

At the St-Feuillien Brewery, this beer, of which the formula is a carefully kept secret, was called the Grisette. For some years now, the St-Feuillien Brewery has revived the tradition and now offers four new types of Grisette beer.

The Friart Brewery was founded in 1873. At that time, different types of light beers were produced there, including the Grisette, a heavier beer, which was consumed in cafes in and around Le Roeulx.

In 1920, production was transfered to more modern buildings where most of the current installations can still be found. This brewery dates from 1893. From 1950, a wide range of beers began to be brewed here (Pils, Belgian, pale ale, stout, etc.) and, of course, St-Feuillien.
For reasons relating to the sector, the production of most of these beers was stopped in 1970 and attention was then focused on the production and commercialization of St-Feuillien.

Since then, the equipment has been constantly upgraded, but no changes have been made to the traditional production principle of the beer that is brewed here.

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St Paul Special 5.5°-1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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The beer extracts from the 330ml dark green bottle luminous deep amber or copper color with a husky head that is semi-creamy in texture the color a nice light tan and as it slowly depreciates the leftover lace forms a velum like curtain to drape the glass. Nose is fruity, fresh and clean, hints of bubble gum, the start is sweet with a personable malt presence, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is delightfully acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, nice and pleasant to drink.

Fourteen generations of the Sterkens family have been brewing top-fermented beers in the village of Meer in the North of Belgium since 1654.

Tradition, experience & knowledge have always been their tools to develop and brew great beers.

They continue serving top quality products & unique packaging.


Until 1990, the Sterkens brewery mainly distributed its beers to over 500 restaurants and Current owner, Stan Sterkens, in the early fifties as a little boy on the truck, posing with his father, uncle and a few of the workers, just before dispatching another truck of beer.pubs in Belgium. In the past 15 years, however, the brewery has increasingly shifted its focus to the export market and at present, some 95% of production is sold abroad.

The distinct packaging in ceramic crocks and ornamental bottles have given the beers of the Sterkens Brewery a unique image. That is why we have satisfied customers and appreciating beer lovers in more than 30 countries on the 5 continents.

 

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