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Then came a long cold winter that seemed to last forever and the people in Dendermonde, after all that summer freshness of the Blonde Lesage, sometimes felt like a hearty dark beer. Because things were going so well in the meantime and he himself was up to his ears in work, our brewer sent a keg of Lesage to his creative cousin in distant Lochristi, between Lokeren and Ghent, to come up with a darker version. With 3 malts, Pale Ale, Munich and Special B, as well as roasted barley, hops from the local farmer, water and yeast, the dark Lesage was created. Once again this beer, the Lesage Bruin, became a fabulous success and until the end of winter people could enjoy this tasty delicacy from Dendermonde to Lochristi and everywhere around and in between.
Long ago, when the animals still spoke and the world still looked like a fairytale, there was once, in Het Land Van Dendermonde, an inn called De Centaur *. In order to provide his customers with tasty, freshly brewed beer, the young innkeeper bought a large copper kettle on a beautiful summer day. In his barn he started experimenting with malted barley, wheat, oats, water and hops and one day he was able to let his customers taste a brand new, sparkling blond brew. Because the animals still spoke as in the old sagas, he called the beer Lesage Blond.
When spring arrived, customers were eager for something new and the brewer and his cousin decided to put their distant uncle to work in Het Land Van Hulst to develop a third Lesage. This uncle was a beekeeper, and after tasting the Blonde and the Dark Lesage, he set to work. Of course honey was involved and barley and wheat malt. Also sugar candy, coriander and curaçao. And long before it became summer again in the Landen van Dendermonde, Ghent, Hulst, Stekene and Het Land Van Waas that lay in between, people could already enjoy the Lesage Special. Because it was special, with its soft honey taste and its delicious summer aftertaste!
In the De Centaur inn in Dendermonde, the brewer saw that it was good and he drew the logo of his business on each barrel: a proud horseman with a bow and arrow. Meanwhile, the animals can no longer speak, but Lesage Beers are still drunk in Flanders and far beyond.
*Throughout the ages lived in the minds of people the most fabulous creatures. Divine animals, hallucinations or wild fantasies? They were once harsh reality. The centaur is a human beast, he is half man and half horse. The origin of the Centaur lies with the Ancient Greeks.
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