Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 196
Beer Avg: 3.57
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Set in the lovely green countryside of the Hainaut province, a large white sign that has a golden silhouette of a brewing copper with the words Brasserie des Ecaussinnes on it, advertises its presence to passers-by. A wooden Cask with the words Ultra painted on its body in white marks the farm track that leads down to the Brewery & Tasting Café.
It was 10am on Friday 19th April, and this was the first Brewery Tour on our annual Easter Belgium Trip for 2003. The owner sold the company that he owned near Brussels, & his wife had left her job at the now defunct Sabena Airline to start a Brewery. They seem to have made a great choice to get out of the rat-race.
A short walk down the track leads to the beautiful buildings which collectively form the 18th Century Farmhouse complex. The owner explained that all of the buildings have been faithfully & sympathetically restored. Once this was done the working plant was purchased & slowly installed. Ironically, the whole plant came from the Bernard Brewery in the Czech Republic, once its new Belgium owners, Moortgat had closed it. The working end of the plant is on the ground floor of the Farmhouse as you enter. At the end of the ground floor after the many, many wooden clad stainless storage vessels, is the cask/keg filling machine & a very modern bottling plant. It is all highly impressive, very well laid out & super organized.
Upstairs in the wooden roof eaves is the Tasting Café that is open most weekends, plans are afoot to extend opening times as the Brewery grows. As the sun was beating down during our visit we elected to walk past the tables & chairs, and the small serving bar at the end of the long room on the right and we went straight out onto the roof of the ground floor which forms the 1st floor outside drinking area. This was a marvelous suntrap & a great place to relax and enjoy the beer & the countryside.
25cl samples of each of the 5 beers are all available for just 5 the lot. A great way to try all the offerings without committing yourself. My favorites were the Ultra Brune & the Ultra Soif, which is a highly quaffable summer beer (Soif means thirsty). Very surprisingly for me, I also took to the Ultramour, a "fruit" beer made with 4 fruit extracts, sweet but very nice.
Has a capacity for around 3,500 hl; and they already produce 200,000 litres, so this Brewery has big plans - it already exports to Japan, USA & Holland.
Last Visit: 19th April 03
05-07-2003 22:19:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Brasserie D'Ecaussinnes in Ecaussinnes D'Enghien, Belgium
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