Grisette Fruits des Bois (Fruits of the Forest) created.
A heritage beer in Hainaut.
Grisette is a very old and very local type of beer.
In the early 20th century in Hainaut, every small brewery produced a top-fermented amber beer racked into wooden casks. This beer was called “Grisette”. A very hoppy beer, its bitterness was quite pronounced and its density was relatively high for the times (6%). At Brasserie St-Feuillien, the first Grisette dates from 1919.Between 1900 and 1950, around 50 Belgian breweries were still producing Grisette, 42 of which were located in Hainaut. Most of these breweries are no longer operational.The area in which Grisette was produced extended from Tournai to Charleroi, and the heart of this brewing corridor (50 miles long and 10 miles wide) was Thieusies (and Le Roeulx by extension).The production of Grisette went on continuously until at least 1940. The name survived into the 1950s, but the beer itself was no longer produced according to the old criteria and this traditional variety disappeared.