THE SECRET GARDEN OF CIDRE D’ABBAYE
Take a long walk in the Vallée d’Aubel. Don’t haste, look around and you might find a secret garden hidden in an old deserted Abbaye. Push the massive carved door and silently walk into a heavenly place where nature has reclaimed its rights. Approach the altar. Do you see the two bottles glistening softly under lights célestes?
There are the Stassen Cidres d’Abbaye, perfected by generations of monks and generously left as a gift to callers.
STASSEN CIDRES D’ABBAYE DE VAL DIEU BLOND AND BRUN
The Cidre de l’Abbaye de Val Dieu is born from the monks’ devotion to brewing tradition since 1216. These exquisite, naturally slightly cloudy cidres d’abbaye, use apples grown on ancient abbey land and a long tradition of double fermentation. Every sip is a precious gift of heavenly taste of the apple, of fine bubbles of a time that stood still, and of strong craft from monks’ traditions.
Their double fermentation gives them a strong and resilient body. Cidre d’Abbaye Blond has a rich amber robe and leaves delicate citrus notes. Cidre d’Abbaye Brun has a robe of a dark russet color and is of noble character with fine bubbles and caramelized notes.
Serve these cidres chilled in a chalice glass, with olives, nuts and a side of Joie de Vivre.
Cidre 750 ml Blond 6,5% Brun 7,5%
THE STASSEN FAMILY TREE
This is a 120-year-old apple tree, with deep green foliage and gnarled trunk. Will you sit down and look at it?
Take your time, see the Joie de Vivre hiding in plain sight, be taken by these craftsmen passing on their passion to the next generation.
A STROLL IN AUBEL
Take a small vallée, nesting in a corner of Belgium - ensure you take the long way to wherever you were going. Sprinkle orchards and a couple of bell towers on the country hills, Put on your walking shoes or hop on a horse if you like it spicier, Add a few friends that want to come along.