first batch of beer she brewed at her new brewery.)
In late September last year, I visited the new Microbrouwerij
Urthel in Ruiselde, West Flanders. You might have heard of
the Urthel beers, such as Hop-It, a delectable Belgian Double
IPA with about 9.5% abv. (Yum!) Another, Saisonnière, is part
wheat beer, part saison, and part golden ale. It is fine session
brew of 6% abv. Urthel's Samaranth, a dark brown strong ale
weighing in at 11.5% abv, is well suited to the winter
season that we are now in.
(Photo, above: Hildegard in the brewhouse of
These beers were all created by Hildegard van Ostaden,
and are currently brewed at La Trappe (Koningshoeven)
the Dutch Trappist brewery in the Netherlands.
(Microbrouwerij Urthel and Proeflokaal/Tasting cafe.
The locale is very peaceful, right by open fields and woods.)
Saisonnières and toured the brewery.
This place is sure to be a destination spot for beer
lovers from around Belgium and the world! It's just
about ten minutes driving off the E40, the main
highway from Brugge to Brussels, and it's only
about 20 minutes to Brugge. The Hop Barn
(not shown here, as was not completed yet when
I visited) should be open in the near future, and
the brewery/cafe is open Saturdays and Sundays.
The address is Krommekeerstraat 21, Ruiselde,