4.2 Discover Belgian beer – You drink, we drive!

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This tour is specifically designed for beer lovers in general or Belgian beers in particular.

In the morning we will drive to the wonderful Meuse valley area passing first by Namur the capital of Wallonia and ascend to the impressive citadel.   

From there we have a wonderful view of the Meuse valley and its tributary, the Sambre. We then follow the Meuse upstream to arrive at Maredsous Abbey, producer of its famous beer and cheese. From there we will pass through wonderful small villages such as Falaën and Sosoye, considered as some of the prettiest villages in Wallonia.

Our next stop is Dinant: the native town of Adolph Sax, the genius inventor of the saxophone. There the spectacular cliffs and the impressive fort dominate the entire valley. This is also the place where the Leffe Abbey is located and the first Leffe café in the country was set up. A perfect place to eat a local lunch and enjoy draft Leffe, before taking a look at the Leffe Abbey.

Our route will approach the French border to discover some beautiful castles and more charming villages. If time permits, we can even pass by the Rochefort Trappist Abbey.

The end of the day will be entirely dedicated to visiting a brewery in Purnode. The Brasserie du Bocq dates from 1858 and is still a 100% family concern – one of the last remaining traditional Belgian breweries. This dynamic company still uses the time-honoured manufacturing process of top-fermentation beers with secondary fermentation in the bottle.

After the visit we can head back to the capital or stay overnight in the area to continue our beer journey the next day to Orval, Chimay or other interesting breweries and charming places.

When in Belgium, paradise for beer lovers is always just next door.