A fiery Phoenix

Just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Grimbergen Abbey has been reborn three times after being ravaged by fire. That’s why the Phoenix is the symbol of the Grimbergen Abbey.

Keeping the flame alive

Almost nine centuries ago, in a small village north of Brussels, a group of Norbertine monks lay the first stone to what eventually became the Grimbergen abbey. But this abbey is not like other abbeys. It has been destroyed by raging fire not only once but three times since 1128.


But no matter how heavy the challenge, the Fathers always kept their flame alive and found a way to rebuild their abbey. Again, and again. Stone by stone. Rising from the ashes, just like the legend of the Grimbergen Phoenix.

Reborn from the ashes

During the religious wars, the abbey was ravaged by fire for the second time in only a couple of centuries.
After that moment, the Fathers and the community decided to adopt the Phoenix as their iconic emblem.

Fiery passion

"The symbolic meaning of the Grimbergen Phoenix is about the constant pursuit of delicious brews and about rising to the challenge.
Therefore, it not only embodies the bravery of the Fathers, but also a firm belief in a favourable future of the Grimbergen beer."


"Because, even when everything was destroyed, their fiery passion could never be extinguished.
Today, you can taste that unique strength of character in every sip of declicious Grimbergen whether you
prefer the round and balanced Blonde, the fresh Blanche or the rich and malty Double Ambrée."

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