Van Steenberge Brewery

logoVanSteenbergeVan Steenberge is the only brewery left in the Meetjesland region of Belgium. It employs traditional brewing methods in a modern environment. The brewery is mainly known for its robust abby style beers, which are ideally savoured at leisure, with good food, in good company, and perhaps by a roaring fire.

 Available now: Gulden Draak (10.5% ABV) and Bornem (8.0% ABV).

Gulden Draak (which owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Ghent belfry) is a dark, heavy deeply aromatic barley wine (the heaviest beer style available). It comes in a characteristic white painted bottle, and its high alcohol strength makes it an excellent winter warmer. Bornem is a "Dubbel" Abbey style beer; deeply reddish-brown in colour and with a nose and palate offering sweetness, fruitiness, maltiness and spice-- a complex beer for the true connoisseur.


Piraat is a wickedly rich and rounded brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits. 



  Piraat 33cl7 


logoCelisIn 1966 a milkman named Pierre Celis in the Belgian town of Hoegaarden decided to revive witbier, a regional beer style that had become extinct almost a decade earlier when the town's last brewery closed. He started brewing Hoegaarden Witbier in his father's stable.

bottleCelisIn 1972 the Hoegaarden Brewery relocated to an abandoned soft drink factory, and by 1985 produced 300,000 barrels a year. When the Hoegaarden Brewery burned to the ground that year, Celis wound up selling his Hoegaarden brand to Belgian brewing giant Interbrew.


The Van Steenberge brewery is the last operational brewery in Belgium's Meetjesland region, and has a history that goes back to the late 18th century. After humble beginnings the brewery grew to commercial success during the 19th and 20th century, and still produces excellent beers today. The seventh generation of the family has not abandoned the time-honoured tradition of classic brewing methods, but at the same time modern technology is being employed to meet demand for Van Steenberge's popular beers without jeopardizing quality.

Two of the brewery's finest products are Bornem Double and Gulden Draak.

Bornem Double is a lively abbey beer that, after its first fermentation in the barrel, nicely evolves during its second fermentation in the bottle or in the barrel. Soft and smooth as velvet, this double with its warm dark brown colour and burgundy undertones has a fruity taste and hoppy finish, as well as a rich and firm head of foam.. Few other dark doubles can match this one. The dark double is often served with meat dishes such as steaks, roasts, game or even sausages.

Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) is in a class of its own. Named after the gilded statue on top of the belfry in Ghent, this heavy, dark ale is properly known as a barley wine. Barley wines are the strongest, heaviest of beers, and with its alcohol percentage of no less than 10.5% by volume, Gulden Draak falls well into this category. Needless to say that barley wines are neither intended nor suited for poolside quaffing on a hot day. Rather sip them slowly by the side of a roaring fire on a cold winter evening. The beer has an intense flavour reminiscent of chocolate, caramel, spices and many other interesting notes, and owes much of its complex palate and long, warm finish to a second fermentation with wine yeast.

Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.


logoCelisAfter Pierre Celis sold the Hoegaarden Brewery, he then founded a microbrewery in Austin, Texas, in 1992, at the age of 67. There he continued to brew witbier. Celis White received a perfect four-star rating from the late British beer writer Michael Jackson in his Pocket Guide to Beer.

Celis White has won numerous awards:

  • 1992 GABF: Gold medal
  • 1993 GABF: Gold medal
  • 1994 GABF: Silver medal
  • 1995 GABF: Gold medal
  • 1996 World Beer Cup: bronze medal
  • 1998 GABF: Gold medal
  • 2003 GABF: Gold medal
  • 2003 World Expo of Beer: 1st place
  • 2004 GABF: Bronze medal
  • 2004 World Expo of Beer: 1st place
  • 2006 World Expo of Beer: 1st Place
  • 2010 World Expo of Beer: 1st Place