Brewery Liefmans

Brewery Liefmans, Oudenaarde: Address, Phone Number, Brewery Liefmans Reviews: 4.5/5

Brewery Liefmans
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Delft, The Netherlands6,270 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Liefmans is one of 4 remaining breweries in Oudenaarde. In the early days the city had 20 breweries but most of them were closed due to a tough competition and lack of underground water. Liefmans brewery was established in 1679 but the family business was sold to a brick factory owner in 1905. The most important and known person at the factory is Rosa Merckx, who was the first female brewmaster in Belgium. She joined the brewery in 1946 but still comes to Liefmans from time to time and checks if the beer is still as good as it should be. The tour was organized for our small group of 6 people, which is nice. It costs 12€ per person and lasts 2 hours. At the end you can taste different beers brewed at Liefmans. They still use an old method and add yeast in open containers, so that the beer has a contact with lactic acid bacteria, which help to create an amazing taste and flavor of Kriek beer. Liefmans was the first brewery to wrap every bottle in tissue paper. Probably, it was done in order to distinguish Liefmans beer. Nowadays, some other companies copied this feature and also wrap the bottles. In 1979 the brewery was acquired by English family Nicholson but did not belong to them for a long time. They wanted to produce British ale at the Liefmans facility but there was no success on the market. Since 2008 Liefmans belongs to Duvel and the production grows since then. Overall, the tour was very well organized and quite entertaining :)
Written May 23, 2018
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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,938 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
When you have done a visit to the “Roman” brewery, than if you would like you can continue on the same road in the direction of the city of “Oudenaarde” this for about 7 km, then when arriving downhill you have to take a sharp right turn this time following the direction of the city of “Aalst”, and about 2 km on this road you will have on your left the main entrance and car park of the “Liefmans” brewery where a visit will transport you to a different world.
The old brewery has now been largely restored so you can discover the story behind this unique brewing process. It’s only in Oudenaarde that you’ll find the microflora that make Liefmans such a unique beer. For centuries, Oudenaarde has been famous for its fruit beers – years ago, there were 20 breweries in the town. Nowhere else on earth will you find such a perfect environment for making fantastic beer. We on this trip did not entered into the brewery, this because we already did it several times as we lived in Belgium.
Practical information:
For administrative reasons, you can only reserve and pay for a visit to the “Liefmans brewery” online.
You can book a brewery tour already starting from 15 persons, but in case there is already a group reserve, you can join this group also as an individual. They provide a guide from 35 persons. Visits are possible from Monday until Saturday, this at 10h00 – 14h00- 17h00.
Reception by a professional guide includes:
Explanation on the history of the “Oudenaards Brown”.
History on the beer and the history of the brewery.
Tour into the old brewery.
Two consumptions.
A tour takes about 2 hours and the price is 12€ pro adult person.
Written December 24, 2017
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Peter J
Zingem, Belgium15 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We visited this acient brewery site with family. We had the guided tour with a very well informed guide. We visisted the beer tanks on several floors. Be aware that there is nothing to see about brewing the beer itself. It is being done elsewhere..
Afterwords we had a large tasting of the beer. I understand now why Liefmans is called one of top tree kriek beers in the world.
Written September 17, 2017
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