St. Stefanus is an abbey beer originating from the Augustinian order of Ghent. This top-fermented, unpasteurized beer is brewed using three different yeasts. It has a second fermentation in the bottle, thus developing its distinctive flavor that changes over time. Indeed, maturation continues until it is opened, for a maximum of 2 years.
33 cl ow
75 cl ow
3 months: intense, fresh and fruity,
18 months: complex and aromatic
with a hint of vanilla and
Autumnal foods, foie gras,
dried tomatoes, plums,
Barley malt, rice, yeast,
- Bottle: 24 months
- Keg: 12 months
The village of Ertvelde, located in the Belgian countryside about 20 minutes from Ghent, is the home of the Van Steenberge brewery, the only one left in the province of East Flanders, a region that in 1900 housed a whopping 664 breweries. The history of the brewery dates back six generations, when it was just a humble Belgian farm. Under the guidance and vision of Paul Van Steenberge, the craft brewery expanded significantly.
In 1962, his son Jozef took over and paved the way for the unique collaboration between the brewery and the monastery of St. Stefanus. To date, the Belgian abbey beer St. Stefanus is still brewed at the Van Steenberge Brewery on behalf of the monastery, under the supervision of master brewer Jef Versele, Jozef’s grandson.