Tuesday, June 09, 2015


Most people know that Belgium is famous for its excellent beer, but what is less known is  that only  one hour outside Brussels — where busy streets are replaced with endless green fields, and the bumpy country roads are shared with tractors instead of shiny brand-name cars — is the Distillerie de Biercée, Belgium’s only fruit liquor distillery.

Founded in 1946 and still operating from the beautiful, fully restored historic farm "Ferme de la Cour", it isn't just a distillery, but it's also the home of a restaurant and museum. One of the top products produced here, ever since the founding day, is the lemon liquor Eau-de-Villée.

The beautiful architecture of the majestic 16th-century courtyard could well make Distillerie de Biercée worth a visit in itself, but the exciting part is still to come: experiencing how 10 kilograms of fresh fruit is transformed into one bottle of fruit liquor.

There is a huge variety of liquors from 17 to 46 % alcohol content out of raspberries, prunes, apples, William pears, lemons, hibiscus, and even celery ! You can see how 10 kilos of fresh fruit are turned into a bottle of brandy or liqueur!

View of the farm

with its well

and old distillery equipment in the courtyard

When you go inside you arrive into a hall  with a shop

and old distillery equipment

There is also a very nice restaurant with excellent food

The walls are decorated with enamel beer signs

The second floor has beautiful old beams exposed

In another part of the farm we arrived at the distillery itself and how it looks today. Here all the liquors are produced.

Then we went down into the caves were oak barrels with the different liquors are stored for at least one or two years until the drinks are ready to be sold.


lotusleaf said...

Wonderful post! The distillery itself is so beautiful, the liquor must be amazing. I did not know that hibiscus can also be used to make liquor.

Indrani said...

I have never been to one.
Great pics.

Anonymous said...

Old distillery equipment. I see robots.

Gracie said...

I like to visit places like this. When we were in belgium we visited this one http://www.brasseriedebellevaux.be/

eileeninmd said...

What a great tour of the distillery. The building and courtyard are pretty. Did you have a tasting? Have a happy week!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely place!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful architecture of the place.

Loree said...

I hope you got to taste the liquors.

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post and excellent shots and presentation!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post and excellent shots and presentation!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful place and what an interesting tour.

eastcoastlife said...

Wow.... this is so awesome! Can I visit? I have never been to a distillery, thanks for the tour.


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