STEENBRUGGE Wit-Blanche abbey beer is a wheat beer brewed with 40% unmalted wheat and 60% malt. It has a refreshing flavour and a fruity, lightly smoked yeast aroma combined with the subtle Bruges “gruut” blend of herbs and spices, with an emphasis on coriander and Curaçao. Top-fermentation beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Characteristic features

Top fermentation – Bottle-conditioned (5.0% ABV), keg (4.8% ABV)

Bruges “gruut”

The secret of STEENBRUGGE abbey beer is the unique “gruut” blend of herbs and spices, which gives the beer its delicious flavour. Every town used to have its own beer, each with its own individual character. In Bruges that character was determined by a blend of herbs and spices that brewers were obliged to purchase from the city’s herbs and spices shop, known as the “Gruuthuse”. In STEENBRUGGE Wit-Blanche this medieval tradition is continued.

Steenbrugge yeast

STEENBRUGGE Wit-Blanche is fermented with its own STEENBRUGGE top-fermenting yeast strain, which provides a smoked, phenolic aroma, together with a discernible fruitiness.

Bottle conditioning

STEENBRUGGE Wit-Blanche undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle. During filling, some sugar and yeast are added which ferment into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas in the “hot chamber”. This gives bottled beers a slightly higher alcohol content than the same beer from the keg. The yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle protects the beer against oxidation, thus preventing rapid ageing of the taste.

Brand identity

Brand values:
Sincere – Competent – Respectable – Traditional – Authentic
Reliable – Mature – Inspiring

Affordable specialist beer – Made refreshment and quenching thirst – To be drunk with kindred spirits
To be drunk alone or with friends

Per hectolitre, a royalty is paid to the religious order of STEENBRUGGE Abbey in order to finance their good deeds.


2011- World Beer Awards - Gold - Best Spiced Wheat Beer


  • 20 l Keg
  • 25 cl Bottle
  • 75 cl Bottle