THE VB LABEL COLLECTION
Labels from Belgium
The brewery, P. Jacob - Brasserie d’Ambly, has several labels each containing images of beer-drinking monks, pigs, and a small bell. Nassogne is located in the southern Belgian province of Luxembourg.
Brouwerij De Bie is located in the Belgian province of West-Vlaanderen. The brewery was present this year at the 24 Hours of Belgian Beer festival, where one could sample several of the brewery's different beers. It looks like the brewery takes pride in producing good beers with very interesting and entertaining labels.
This beer is brewed by Brouwerij De Dool in Helchteren. The picture depicts the residence of the Abbots of Sint-Truiden which was rebuilt in 1994 to house the current brewery.
The brewery is located in the Flemish region of Belgium called Brabant. Although brewing has been taking place in the city of Hoegaarden since 1318, the last brewery closed its doors in 1957. Luckily, some beer enthusiasts were able to bring the art of beer brewing back to the city, and the golden years have once again returned to Hoegaarden.
The beer is brewed by Bavik, located in Bavikhove. The bottle's back label explains the beer's name: "Ezel" or donkey is the nickname for the inhabitants of the southwestern Flemish community of Kuurne. Just like the people of this area, the donkey is the symbol of patience but stubborn persistence, and aware of its own ability. So is this beer; it is brewed with honest ingredients of the highest quality, has a delicate taste but is hearty in character.
Blondine is brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, which is located in the province of Oost-Vlaanderen in Belgium. The brewery offers a wide variety of labels and beers, such as: Mosselbier (designed to accompany those big traditional pots of steamed mussels), Piraat (the pirate among beers), and Brunnette (the auburn haired counterpart of Blondine).
Deugniet is brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq, located in Purnode-Yvior in the French speaking province of Namur in Belgium. The brewery was founded in 1858 by Martin Belot and is still family owned today, several generations later. The brewery is currently the second largest in the Walloon portion of Belgium, and in 1993 produced 55,000 hectoliters of beer. The brewery produces plenty of good beers with an array of labels to match.
The Grimbergen abbey was founded in the province of Brabant in 1128 by the Holy Norbertus. The Norbertiner monestary was originally for both men and women until 1410 when the women were moved to Nieuwenrode. Since 1958, the fathers have worked with various breweries and distributors such as Alken-Maes and Union to help increase capacity and availability of their beer.
Brasserie D’Achouffe was founded in 1982 in the city of Achouffe (in the Belgian province of Luxembourg) as the result of the hobby of Chris Bauweraerts and his brother-in-law Pierre Gobron. Their first beer "La Choffe" came out in 1982 and was followed by "Mc Chouffe" in 1987. Since then there have been many interesting and funny labels and stories.
Brouwerij De Bie is located in the Belgian province of West-Vlaanderen. The brewery makes several beers all with very entertaining lables. Their "Hellekapelle" label depicts a witch and her terrified cat on a broom.
The beer is brewed after a 17th century recipe first created in 1679 by the "Dendermondse Karmelietenklooster" (the Carmelite monestary in Dendermond). The label depicts nuns reaping the grain in the field. The label gets its lovely antique look from the wood-carved drawing style, the scroll-like background, and the beautiful decorative borders similar to ones found in old handwritten books drawn by monestary scribes.
The brewery, Brouwerij Bosteels, was founded in 1791 by Jozef Bosteels, and has been in the family for six generations. Even though the brewery is located in the Dutch-speaking province of Brabant, the label is written in both Dutch and French (the two major languages of Belgium).
The brewery is located in Quenast, in the northern province of Brabant. It was founded in 1879 by Jules Lefèbvre. In 1919 his son Augustijn built a new brewery which was later again modernized by Gaston Lefèbvre. The brewery currently makes a long list of exceptional beers including Barbãr and Moeder Overste.
The city of Durbuy, located in the north-eastern Belgian province of Limburg, received the title of city back in 1331 and currently prides itself on being the smallest city in the world. The Vermin Brewing International Research Team personally travelled to this city to check out its claim. The city was indeed quite tiny but exceedingly charming, with narrow cobblestone streets, a giant castle, a beautiful large river, and even a lovely topiary garden... oh, and of course its own beer.
Brunehaut, the city for which the brewery is named, is located directly on the French border in the Belgian province of Hainaut.The brewery also responsible for another excellent beer and a fine label: Biére du Mont Saint-Aubert.