Desde 1128, la abadía de Grimbergen ha sido pasto de las llamas tres veces durante guerras, y en cada una de esas ocasiones los frailes la han reconstruido.
Desde 1128, la abadía de Grimbergen ha sido pasto de las llamas tres veces durante guerras, y en cada una de esas ocasiones los frailes la han reconstruido. El ave fénix simboliza este inspirador legado y los casi nueve siglos de elaboración experta de cerveza en Grimbergen.
In 1128, the lords of Grimbergen commissioned Norbert van Xanten, founder of the Premonstratensian Order (or Norbertine Order), to build an abbey, and he made their wish come true. Shortly later, that same year, the fathers of Grimbergen Abbey began brewing a local beer.
In 1142, the lords of Grimbergen rebelled against the Duke of Brabant. That episode triggered the Grimbergen War. The abbey was reduced to ashes, but, in the years after the war, it was rebuilt, stone by stone.
In 1566, the abbey was devastated for the second time during the Wars of Religion. The monks fled to Brussels and it took 30 years before they could return and rebuild their community.
In 1629 the new abbey was again established in Grimbergen. From then on, the monks and the community decided to adopt the phoenix as a symbol of rebirth on their coat of arms, along with the motto "ardet nec consumitur", which means "burned, but not destroyed" (it may have other translations). .
With the phoenix giving encouragement to the parents, the Grimbergen beer began to flow again. However, a new danger loomed: in the 18th century, during the French Revolution, all church and monastery property was sold. In 1798, the monks had to leave again. And the abbey, with its brewery, was destroyed for the third time.
As Grimbergen's fourth resurrection, the return of the brewing tradition to Grimbergen Abbey in 2021 marks a special chapter in our history. Brewing new limited edition beers within the four walls of our abbey for the first time in over 200 years is an achievement for the monks, for the community of Grimbergen and for all Grimbergen beer enthusiasts.