The label on our St. Stefanus Blonde bottles offers you a wealth of information that goes far beyond simply naming the beer. From the font to the imagery, everything on the label is there to help you discover more about St. Stefanus. Some of the key details: St. Stefanus can be found within the design of our label. For instance, the image of the chalice shows the shape of glass that would be best for bringing out the flavours of our beer. The date of 1295 refers to when the Sint Stefanus Monastery was founded and reflects the heritage of our beer. It was this Monastery that created the recipe for St. Stefanus and originally brewed the beer. This heritage is further reflected in the font itself - the St. Stefanus S comes from one of the Monastery’s original songbooks. Our Master Brewer, Jef Versele, also signs each label to show that he personally oversees the brewing of St. Stefanus to ensure that each and very beer is of the highest quality. Calculating the age of your beer: Perhaps most importantly, is the blue date in the bottom centre of the label. This is the date of cellar release or the month that beer left the brewery. However, this doesn’t mean that the beer was also brewed in that month. Our St. Stefanus Blonde is kept at the brewery for at least three months to allow it to mature before it is sent out into the world. This means that in order to calculate the age of your St. Stefanus, you would need to add an additional three months to the date shown on the label. For example, a bottle with the date ‘6-2011’ on the label left the brewery in June, but was actually brewed in March of the same year. This means that you would need to add an extra three months to your calculation in order to understand how mature the beer really is and how the taste will have evolved. Why is age important? St. Stefanus is brewed to mature in the bottle – the beer will continue to evolve until you decide to open it. As the beer ages and matures, the taste will change from young and fruity at three months to a more complex and aromatic experience. Leaving St. Stefanus to continue to mature at home means that the taste will change over time – allowing you to decide how you want your beer to taste. Maturing your St. Stefanus at home: When maturing St. Stefanus at home, it is important to ensure that you store the beer out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry place. A cellar would be the ideal place. Our 33cl bottles should be kept upright, while the 75cl bottles can be stored on their side, however make sure that you turn them occasionally to redistribute the yeast.