25-26/11/2017: 12th Day of the Oude Geuze

De Lambikstoempers vzw and the Streekproducten Centrum Halle invite you at their

Dag van de Oude Geuze 2017

12th Day of the Oude Geuze

on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017 in the Streekproducten Centrum Halle

It is already the 12th time we collaborate, so this is becoming a tradition. As a annual habit we organise a tasting with regional products near the year end, also the ideal occasion to get ideas for a gift for the year end.

This year we invited 2 guests at the Streekproducten Centrum:

  • Sven Deman of WHERE BEER MEETS CHOCOLATE specialised in combining of chocolat & beer: during this open door you can taste beer and chocolat. This results in a surprizing blend of 2 different products.
  • Johan Pevernagie of MATERIA GIN will get the visitors acquainted with his 4 tastes of different gins and if needed will give the explanation about the combinations with different tonics.
  • The regional products produced in-house can also be tasted of course. New this year is a paté made of Oude Geuze & Kriek 3 Fonteinen.

12th Day of the Oude Geuze

This twelfth edition takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017, in the upper room of the Streekproducten Centrum, Poststraat 3A at 1500 Halle.

Saturday from 10.00 h to 18.00 h and Sunday from 14.00 h to 18.00 h.

Lasr year more than 650 interested people, among whitch a great number of foreigners, found their way to the Streekproducten Centrum to (re)discover the different tastes of the Lambic beers!

Also this year we provide an extensive variety of beers of spontaneous fermentation to taste.
Beers of the following breweries / blenders can be tasted : Boon (Lembeek), Cantillon (Anderlecht), De Cam (Gooik), De Troch (Wambeek), Drie Fonteinen (Beersel), Girardin (Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle), Hanssens (Dworp), Lindemans (Vlezenbeek), Mort Subite (Kobbegem), Oud Beersel (Beersel), Tilquin (Rebecq), Timmermans (Itterbeek) and the Lambiek Fabriek (Ruisbroek).

Dag van de Oude Geuze 2015

We only serve, to joy of a horde of beer lovers, the real lambic beers. Only those that are made with 100% lambic  to make a OUDE GEUZE & OUDE KRIEK and with the yeast in the air of the Valley of the Senne. We are really proud to offer you in one location the full assortment of the 12 Lambic brewers and Geuze Blenders still left and a new one from the region.

Also this year the visitors get the chance to taste a real Lambic, the base brew of the geuze. We provide three Lambics, directly from the wooden casks of the local lambic brewers.

Besides Lambic we also serve Oude Geuze, Oude Kriek, Faro, Raspberry beer, … and two beers that actually don’t belong in this assortment: our own Servais beer, a top fermented beer brewed in the occasion of the year of Servais, a festival beer with a low alcohol by volume of 6,5%. And the high alcohol variant, Servais Tripel. Also coffee and soft drinks are available.

Dag van de Oude Geuze 2015

All beers are served in tasting glasses of 15 cl. This way you can taste more different beers.

FREE entry to the Day of the Oude Geuze.

Primeurs & tasters

As with the previous editions you can taste a number of special beers and scoops at the Day of the Oude Geuze. Among others you can taste the GingerGueuze of Lindemans, Cuvée Lambikstoemper, Boon Black Label 1st Edition, Megablend 2013, …

Dag van de Oude Geuze 2015

This year we choose the Vat-series of brewery Boon for our (now) traditional “proefplankje”. The beers we serve on our slat are Vat-bieren numbers 91, 92, 108, 109 and 110. This tadting slat was specially designed to allow the visitor to order 5 glasses at the same time to take a trip through the exiting tasting landscape !

Golden Lambikstoemper

Every year the Lambikstoempers vzw want to put an extra focus on the Lambic beers by awarding the Golden Lambikstoemper.
The first Golden Lambikstoemper in 2010 went to De Heeren van Liedekercke, the second to Kaf’eko in Halle, the third to Boelekewis in Huizingen, the forth to De Zwaan in Dworp, the fifth to ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske in Antwerp, the sixth, exeptionally to the Streekproducten Centrum in Halle and last year the managers of  ’t Parlement received their Gouden Lambikstoemper.

Based on a by now extensive list of horeca busisnisses and a number of criteria and after an anonimous on site visit De Lambikstoempers vzw will award the Golden Lambikstoemper for the eighth time on Sunday 26 November 2017 at 15.00 uur to a horeca business that, according to us, gave a special attention to the Lambic beers in 2017.

Wanne met Gouden Lambikstoemper

The Golden Lambikstoemper is an artful certificate with some poetry made by Leo Lintermans! By the way every one can suggest Horeca businesses through our website.

But first of all come and taste our Pajottenland’ pride, on Saturday 25 (10h-18h) and Sunday 26 November 2017 (14h-18h) at the Streekproducten Centrum Halle!

Dag van de Oude Geuze 2017

Lambiek Fabriek moves ‘coolship’ to Belgoo

Lambiek Fabriek koelschip

They already confided it tp us and on Thursday 26 October 2017 it happened: the ‘coolship’ of the Lambiek Fabriek was moved from their home base in the Fabriekstraat at Ruisbroek to brewery Belgoo (Sint-Pieters-Leeuw), where Jo, Jozef and Stijn brew their Lambic.

Lambiek Fabriek koelschip

“What hung in the air, hangs! We’ve moved our ‘coolschip’. Now we can brew & cool @ the same place! ‘Lot de bishkes mo komme’ (local speech for: Bring on the small beasts (the micro-organisms))”, was the message they published on  their Facebook page. Succes guys! No more moving of boiling wort, so hopefully no accidents anymore now. 😉

Meanwhile at brewery 3 Fonteinen …

… and at Gueuzerie Tilquin

Where Pierre is being busy with the making of new fruit beers, with fresh currants on one hand and Pinot Gris grapes on the other. Mmm …

Or how the Lambic brewers and -blenders keep themselves busy. 🙂
And we like that a lot. Succes guys! As always – make something delicious out of this!

Lambiek Fabriek presents Brett-Elle Oude Geuze!

Brett-Elle Oude Geuze

Something is moving in the Pajottenland. On 26-27 August 2017, at our Lambikstoempers beer weekend you could already taste Lambic from the breweries Belgoo (Sint-Pieters-Leeuw) on one hand and Den Herberg (Buizingen) on the other hand. And … Sunday 1 October 2017 the Lambiek Fabriek (Ruisbroek) proudly presents its Brett-Elle Oude Geuze to the public. Really worth discovering!

Lambic who?

Lambiek Fabriek are Jozef Van Bosstraeten (Sint-Genesius-Rode), Jo Panneels (Dworp) and Stijn Ecker (Alsemberg); three friends who “are occupied with Lambic” since 10 years. In the beginning together with Jeroen Van Lier (Alsemberg) – who meanwhile unfortunaltly had to quit seeing his restaurant, De Smidse, is to busy – the friends decided that they also could produce an (Oude) Kriek. They got to work in Peloese’s cellar with freshly harvested “Schaarbeekse krieken” and fresh Lambic. They put this in a fermentation  bottle, had to wait, bottle, wait again and so on. Until they – through wine maker and inhabitant of Dworp Mark Moustie (Domaine de la Douaix) – got their hands on wooden casks.

The guys already used about 100 liter Lambic at a time. And then Mark delivered a whole lot more casks at once. Getting Lambic suddenly became really expensive. And because of the large volume local Lambic brewers wouldn’t provide any more Lambic, because they of course couldn’t jeopordize their own production. Consequence: The only thing they could do is to stop, or start brewing Lambic themselves. Fortunately for us they made the second choice.

Jo Panneels en Jozef Van Bosstraeten

Luckily they could go to Jo Van Aert in his Belgoo brewery at Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, where the trio still can brew their lambic (independently!). Storage for their by now 75 casks (40x 400 liter and 35x 228 liter) they found in the Fabriekstraat at Ruisbroek. Hence the name “Lambiek Fabriek”.

At their own recipe

In hindsight the trio are happy that the Lambic brewers couldn’t or wouldn’t sell them more Lambic. After all meanwhile they are making their own lambic, even if it isn’t always that simple. Because yes, make your own Lambic for the first time can be very stressfull. If it fails, it fails of course. But well, it doesn’t matter now, because it worked.

Per batch they produce 2.400 liter, according to their own recipe. Where did they get it? Jozef: “No one told us how to make Lambic. So we dived in the books and we placed several recipes next to one another, compared them and with the good advice of Luc Pauwels and Ludwig Ingels, made our own recipe. And it was right on the money, because we are still using that recipe. The casks provide the rest of the taste.”

Lambiek Fabriek

Jo: “We were partly lucky with these, because you can’t know the endresult will be nice by tasting the wort. After one night on the cooling ship the Lambic wort tastes like a cold sweet tea, that is no reference, because the bacteria didn’t have time to do their work. On the other hand: what you can check are all the parameters you can measure during the brewing process. And brew-technologically we knew it was right.”


How are they going to blend in Lambiek Fabriek? “Either way we taste each casks before blending”, accoring to Jozef and Jo. “We have a basic taste. Furthermore one cask tastes more intense than the other, than you have to decide which you will use and which you won’t use. If the taste isn’t quite right, than it is important to let it go on and evolve some more.”

“To make a good beer from a bad one, as they used to do, is something we can’t do”, clarifies Jozef. “The final product  is of course always a small gamble, but you have a calculated guess to where the taste is heading. And in the long term we will grow in this too, of course. Autodidacts like us. (laughs) Anyway the hardest part is … the long wait. But it is especially the taste that counts. And the taste is certainly good, several persons already told us so.”

Curious for the taste of Brett-Elle? De Lambikstoemper already tasted it …  🙂 

Where is it for sale?

Those who want to taste themselves, can do so on Sunday 1 October 2017 at the Belgoo open door day, from 11 h to 19 h at the Georges Wittouckstraat 61 at 1600 Sint-Pieters-Leeuw.

Belgoo Opendeur / Brett-Elle Oude Geuze

Furthermore you will be able to find Brett-Elle in an increasing number of shops, among others Streekproducten Centrum (Halle), Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte), Bierhandel Dekoninck (Buzingen) and so on.

If in stock, you will also be able to buy your bottles at the gate of the Fabriekstraat on command and on fixed sale days. So certainly keep an eye on the Lambiek Fabriek’s Facebook page! The target prizes are: 3,40 euro for 37,5cl and 6,20 euro for 75cl bottles.

Future dreams

At Lambiek Fabriek they are firstly curious about the reactions on their Brett-Elle Oude Geuze. “Actually we are quite mad”, Jozef laughs. “Lambic is economically the worst beer that you can produce. You put in a whole lot of time and money, and only after a very long time you can see the yield. We hope to eventually make our income with this hobby that got out of hand. But this won’t be any time soon.”

“Anyway we want to increase our production each year”, Jo entrusts us. “In this and two years the depot in the Fabriekstraat will most probably be to small and we will have to move. But hey, luckily the Fabriekstraat is a really long street. (laughs) Making our business grow in a healthy way is our intention, the rest we will see.”

Lambiek Fabriek

And no, produce batches purely for abroad, doesn’t interest the trio (yet). “If you are overproducing, you can consider it”, replies Jozef. “Local anchoring , however, is more important. Local people need to appreciate and consume your beer. Moreover you need to be able to follow with brewing. We will be without beer anyway if sales go well. And actually it now is still 2 months too young. So next time this will also be the case, since we almost automatically won’t be able to follow.”

Or how a hobby that got out of hand drastically can change your life. “Oh yes, the most important is and will be that we like our own Oude Geuze”, concludes Jo.

3 extra interesting facts

  • Brett-Elle refers playfully to Brettanomyces and doesn’t hide the love of these men for women.
  • The buck on the label doesn’t have a deeper meaning, but it is a creation of Jozef’s brother. The rest of the logo is the work of Papertree.be.
  • The malt used comes from Dingemans. Concering the over year hops, no special variety was selected, but they always used hops with as little alpha acids as possible.

Brett-Elle Oude Geuze Lambiek Fabriek