La Botteresse brewery was created by José Poncin in 1996. The brewery is called after women (les botteresse) who up to the beginning of the 20th century, used to refurnish every brewery in the city of Liege and surroundings with locally grown hops.
As any craft brewer at its beginnings, José began brewing in his house small batches of 20L, 50L and 100 litres. This lasted for 7-8 years when he decided to become a professional brewer.In 2003, due to high demands, José decided to look for a proper brewing space and founded the current brewery at Rue Fond Méan 6 in Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse an idyllic area close to Liège- one of Belgium’s greenest areas after The Ardennes.The renovation works took one year and the brewery officially opened in 2005 with the first beers produced in 2006.
The first batch ever produced by José, was his Amber beer. The recipe hasn’t changed in over 22 years! The beer clearly represents the flagship of the brewery. It’s also one of the most loved drinks by the fans. In 2016, it even got elected as Wallonia’s (Belgium’s southern region) best amber.The second beer is the “la Liégeoise 1892”, a premium beer. It’s a light beer at 6% ABV. The technique used is dry hopping with the addition of hops towards the end of the process without being an American style IPA covering the taste of the beers.The third beer is a brown ale which received gold and silver medals in the past two years in Belgian competitions. The range also includes a white and black beer (La Blanche and la Noire) which have been created about the same time. The white is a classical Belgian “Blanche” produced with grains such as oats and spelt. It is spiced with small quantities of hops to keep the bitterness low. Other spices traditionally include coriander and orange peel.The Noir is the strongest of them all with 10.5% ABV. It contains chocolate and caramel malts. Although this beer may seem strong, it is sweetened with honey, making it very tasteful.The brewery also has a honey beer made from local honey producers with a distinguish spiciness, a typical Belgian triple at 8% ABV.José has also developed various “fruity” and sweet beers containing both fruits and “Cuberdons”- a local delicatessen very appreciated by candy lovers.
The first batch ever produced by José, was his Amber beer. The recipe hasn’t changed in over 22 years! The beer clearly represents the flagship of the brewery. It’s also one of the most loved drinks by the fans. In 2016, it even got elected as Wallonia’s (Belgium’s southern region) best amber.The second beer is the “la Liégeoise 1892”, a premium beer. It’s a light beer at 6% ABV. The technique used is dry hopping with the addition of hops towards the end of the process without being an American style IPA covering the taste of the beers.The third beer is a brown ale which received gold and silver medals in the past two years in Belgian.
ABV : 8.5 %
VOL : 33 cl
IBU : 22
T ° :8°C
Anecdote: This was the first beer produced by the brewery.
Eye: Deep amber pour.
Aroma: The nose has a nice bright spiciness and a little bit of sweet plummy character. It may come across as Tripel Imperial Ale for its distinctive yeastiness.
Taste: A bit of soft dried fruit flavour. Rich, chewy and very tasty. Lingering cherry flavour in the finish.
Food: Meat balls, Waterzooi (Belgian creamy stew).
ABV : 6 %
VOL :33 cl
IBU : 17.3
T ° :8°C
Anecdote: The brewer’s version to a Belgian style IPA Eye: Little cloudy blond
Aroma: Hoppy and floral.
Taste: Fresh, light and thirst quenching.
Food: White meats (chicken) and fish. Great with Sushi
ABV : 9.5 %
VOL :33 cl
IBU : 23.9
T ° :8°C
Anecdote: Brewed with Pale Ale malts and up to 30% caramel malts. Loved by craft beer lovers.
Eye: Clear ruby purple beer. Small creamy irregular beige head.
Aroma: Bit dusty, lots of dried fruits, overripe banana, caramel sweet and sugary raisins.
Taste: Lots of dried fruits, little bitterness, some alcohol, sugary and vanilla.
Food: Flemish stews, sweet and sour pork.
ABV : 6.2 %
VOL :33 cl
IBU : 16.2
T ° :7°C
Anecdote: The brewer produced this beer at the same time he produced a Stout or Noir. He wanted to have a White beer which reflected his interpretation of Belgian blanches.
Eye: Hazy yellow colour with a medium white head.
Aroma: Fruity and spicy, with hints of orange, guava, tangerine, key lime and spicy herbs.
Taste: The taste is fruity and malty with notes of orange, candy toffee, tangerine and coriander. Sweet and dry aftertaste.
Food: Asian and exotic foods.
The visits- The brewery can be visited all year round by both private people and businesses (team buildings). The tour takes about 1h30 and costs 8€ per person. It includes a full beer tasting.
The hikes- Every 1st Sunday of the month from April to September, the brewery organises a 3.750 meters hike with riddles along the path. The winner from this inquisitive walk returns home with a box full of beers. The next hikes are organised on the 7th of July, 4th of August and the 1st of September.
Discovery Days- The 14th of July, the 11th of August and the 15th of September the brewery organises discovery days from 11am till 3pm where you can not only taste their beers but also their locally produced foods: pates, mustards, beer jellies, cheeses…
Additional information about the brewery:
Brasserie la Botteresse
Rue Fond Méan, 6
BE- 4470 Saint-Georges
Phone: 0032 488 21 14 80