We are EXTREMELY HONORED to bring you the fourth installment in our BREWERY OF THE MONTH series!
For the month of July 2016, we are featuring BRASSERIE ST. FEUILLIEN from Le Rœulx, Belgium and three of it’s world class beers: TRIPLE, BLONDE, and BRUNE:
ABOUT BRASSERIE ST. FEUILLIEN
St-Feuillien Brewery, located in Le Rœulx (located in the Belgian province of Hainaut), was founded in 1873 by Stephanie Friart. In 1910, her nephew took it over and his son, Benoît Friart, succeeded him in 1950.
Today, Benoît Jr. and Dominique, brother and sister, have been running the brewery for almost 30 years. The Friart family has been brewing various beers, among others, St-Feuillien. But the history of this beer goes back even further.
In the 7th Century, an Irish monk by the name of Foylan came to the continent as a missionary to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, in 655, while travelling through the charcoal forest, he was killed and beheaded near what is now Le Rœulx, Belgium. On the site of his martyrdom a chapel was built which, in 1125 became the Abbey of Prémontrés, but later transformed over time into the Abbaye St. Feuillien du Rœulx. The Abbey prospered until the upheavals of the French Revolution.
During these troubled times it was condemned by the revolutionaries, but St.Feuillien’s legacy continues as a brewery of the same name. Four generations later, the Friart family is still in charge of the brewery, keeping alive for scores of ale enthusiasts worldwide, brewing beer with passion and knowledge to stand the test of time.
Since 1986, the Friart family has constantly invested in equipment, devoting their unwavering attention to the quality of the beers they market. The StFeuillien Beers brewed with first quality and naturally pollution-free water. The artesian well is located inside the brewery itself and only the best malts and hops are used for their products.
Unique features of St. Feuillien beers:
⋅ Natural, additive-free, top-fermenting beers.
⋅ Top-quality European aromatic hops.
⋅ Unique spices’ formulations
⋅ Selected malts.
⋅ A traditional infusion brewing method handed down from generation to generation, guaranteeing an authentic product.
⋅ Traditional fermentation followed by maturation in horizontal cylindrical tanks for 1 month.
⋅ Secondary fermentation in the bottle for at least 15 days.
The introduction of new beers is always respecting the long tradition of fine bitterness and the use of special ingredients and methods like spices and dry-hopping.
In less than ten years, St-Feuillien Brewery renewed completely its production facilities with brand-new all-stainless steel tanks, pipe-lines and automation. All the suppliers are Belgian.
The goal was clear: maintain and increase the quality at the top level, respecting the Belgian brewing art. In 2013, a new Belgian brewhouse has been built with a state-of-art technology grade never achieved before at this size of production volume.
A new filtration line and a new keg washing and filing line were also installed. These investments mix quality mastery, economic efficiency and ecology to an uncommon level. The beer quality remains unchanged but consistency and long-term stability are constantly improved.
Always improving the quality of its beers is Brasserie St. Feuillien’s main concern. Their extended portfolio goes from tradition to innovation and each brand is unique. Beer enthusiasts worldwide will be able to find, at least, their “dedicated” beer. (Sources: St-Feuillien.com & BelgianFamilyBrewers.com)
BRASSERIE ST. FEUILLIEN BREWVIEWS
Brewery of the Month-JULY 2016
BREWVIEW #1: ST. FEUILLIEN – BLONDE
BREWVIEW #2: ST. FEUILLIEN – BRUNE
BREWVIEW #3: ST. FEUILLIEN – TRIPLE
BRASSERIE ST. FEUILLIEN PROMOTIONAL COMPANY VIDEO
BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy Belgian beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15