Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

Brewery, Bar

Rue Naupré 1
Cerfontaine-Silenrieux, 5630

+32 (0)71 63 32 01 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Brasserie de Silenrieux opened in 1991. Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of southern Namur, I visited this Brewery on 24th April during our Easter 2000 Belgium Trip on a gorgeous sunny afternoon.

The Brewery was once a co-operative, but this was bought by a local conglomerate of businessmen some years ago, and it is now privately owned. The Brewery itself could easily be missed from the outside for a huge Barn, for it is a traditional looking wooden building. However, looks are truly deceptive, for inside lies a very modern Brewery indeed. Its one claim to fame and high in its marketing blurb (albeit in French) is that it brews beers with rare grains.

The 2 regular beers, and 1 special, are available in the Café [called Chez L’Père Sarrasin] which is literally next to the Brewery, but has the same address so is ‘on-the-premises’ so to speak. The Chez L’Père Sarrasin is entered via a short run of 4 or 5 wooden stairs from the large Car Park shared with one or two other nearby small-holdings. The interior is a very ‘down to earth’ establishment, where you can buy the beer as a direct sale, at ridiculously low prices I have to say. Also inside are a myriad of basic tables & chairs, and lovely ice-cream bar, as well as a small counter where basic, value for money, snacks can be purchased. Here you can also order the two regular beers, and a special which is contract brewed elsewhere;

Joseph, 6% ABV.
A very strange, deep yellow, wheat beer brewed with spelt wheat and very cloudy indeed. The literature that I picked up, states that this is intentional due to the double-fermentation. Spicy hints in the aftertaste.

Sara, 6% ABV.
Amber-Red, sweetish, wheat beer, this time made with buckwheat, quite unique and hard to describe except as very spicy and dry.

Le Pavé de l’Ours, 8.5% ABV.
This is supposed to be a honey-beer, but was more of a sweetish wheat beer to be honest. Nice but a bit too sweet and the wheat beer character masks the delicate honey tastes too much for my liking.

The beers split opinions of our party of 31 right down the middle. Loved and hated, probably because of their uniqueness and adventurous use of different grains. So I put quality at 3.5.

It is highly unlikely you will get to this establishment without you own transport. So if you are driving, or like so many other visitors just cycling in the simple but stunning southern Ardennes - make sure to stop by.

Last Visit: 24th April 2000

Jan 06, 2003
Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin) in Cerfontaine-Silenrieux, Belgium
Brewery rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 163 ratings