Van Honsebrouck Brewery

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Ingelmunster Van Honsebrouck brewery

Van Honsebrouck is a Belgian brewery in Ingelmunster, Belgium.[1] Founded in 1865 as Sint-Jozef Brewery, it was renamed to Brewery Van Honsebrouck in 1953.[2] It is one of two breweries outside of Pajottenland to produce lambic beer.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The location of the brewery's building and the whole village of Ingelmunster were razed in 1695 following hostilities between English, French and Spanish soldiers.[3] The current building dates back to 1736, and has cellars that date back to the Middle Ages.[4]

In 1986 the castle was bought by the Van Honsebrouck family. The family have been brewing Ingelmunster beer since 1900.[4] On 17 September 2001 a fire broke out in the castle that completely destroyed the museum-brewery.[5]

The brewery is owned and operated by the seventh generation of van Honsebrouck brewers in Ingelmunster.[1] The current CEO is Xavier Van Honsebrouck, who took control in 2009.[2]

Products[edit]

Van Honsebrouck produces several different beers, including:

  • Kasteel Donker, a dark beer (11% ABV)[6]
  • Kasteel Rouge, a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liqueur (8% ABV)[7]
  • Kasteel Tripel, a full-bodied tripel (11% ABV)[8]
  • Kasteel Blond, a blond beer (7% ABV)[9]
  • Kasteel Hoppy, a blond beer with a hoppy flavor, launched in 2013 (6.5% ABV)
  • Cuvée du Chateau, which is Kasteel Donker that has been aged for ten years (11% ABV)[10]
  • St Louis , the line of lambic beers with fruit
    • Premium Kriek, a sweet red beer that uses pits of the Oblacinska cherries and is aged 6 months on lambic (3.2% ABV)[11]
  • Fond Tradition, a traditional and unsweetened gueuze
  • Brigand, a golden-blond beer (9% ABV)[12]
  • Bacchus, an Old Flemish Brown beer (4.5% ABV)[13]
  • Bacchus Kriekenbier (5.8% ABV) Made with 15% cherries. The 37.5cl bottle has no label, but is instead wrapped in a sheet of printed tissue paper.[14]
  • Passchendaele (5.2% ABV) Belgian Special Blond Ale, brewed in commemoration of the First World War Centenary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Van Honsebrouck". James Clay. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "History". Brewery Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ "#181 – Kasteel Triple". The Belgian Beer Odyssey – 1 to 1000. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck". Beer Planet. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck". Pintley. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Kasteel Donker". Brewery Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Kasteel Rouge". Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Kasteel Tripel". Brewery Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Kasteel Blond". Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Cuvée du Château". Brewery Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  11. ^ "St Louis Premium Kriek". Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Brigand". Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Bacchus". Van Honsebrouck. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  14. ^ Product packaging, purchased 2012

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