Brouwerij Van Steenberge has a long history of brewing, dating back to 1785 when Jean Baptise de Bruin established a brewery called ‘De Peer’ in Ertvelde Belgium. Many home brewing operations came to be in Flanders around this time considering beer was safer to consume than water, however Jean Baptise sold his beer for profit as well. After being passed down several generations, a turning point occurred when Jozef Van Steenberge took the reigns in 1962; he renamed and refocused the brewery’s attention on producing high quality beers that underwent secondary fermentation and also set forth very high standards for sourcing raw materials. In 1978, the brewery acquired a recipe from Augustinian friars who had been brewing in their monastery in Ghent since the thirteenth century; after fine tuning it over several years, the brewery released it to the local market to great success. In addition to this unique brew, Brouwerij Van Steenberge launched a range of other high alcohol, complex beers including the ‘Piraat’ Strong Pale Ale we featured last month and the ‘Gulden Draak’, a Dark Triple Ale brewed with caramel malt and re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast. This Quad featured here is made by aging the Gulden Draak in Calvados barrels which imparts a spiced apple flavor and a slight boozy kick to an otherwise already delicious dark ale!