it is a powerful story!
In the year 683, Hubert was a lord, but not yet a saint.
He was young, rich, from a good family and he preferred the good things in worldly life to religious observance. One day, on the Feast of the Nativity, he went out hunting in the Ardennes. In a remote part of the forest, he came across a huge white stag. The stag then turned towards him...
FROM HERMIT TO PATRON SAINT OF HUNTERS
Hubert visited Lambert, his bishop, who put him on the path to salvation. He then retired to the forest and led an exemplary monastic life. Afterwards, he became a bishop, encouraged charity, and was later canonised. In honour of the stag episode, Hubert became the patron saint of hunters, foresters and the environment. They are all reminded of this by a majestic statue of a stag with a crucifix.
A 10-HORNED STAG, WITH A CRUCIFIX CROWN
Lord Hubert found himself next to a giant white stag, which turned around. In a vision, he saw a glowing crucifix between the animal’s antlers. He also heard a voice telling him: “Hubert! Hubert! How long will you go on hunting animals in the forests? How long will this passion prevent you from thinking about your soul’s salvation?” Terrified, the young unrepentant man promised to convert and to lead a holy Christian life.
In 2018, a beer is baptised in honour of Sint Hubertus.
Brewers today recall that this mythical place, at the foot of the Basilica in the town of Saint-Hubert, was already used for beer-making. Excellent and precious beers were produced here with patience, passion and know-how. And because Belgians like to tell great stories...
EARLY DAYS, YET ALREADY A LEGENDARY BEER
In Belgium, people like to tell great stories. When the brewers conceived the idea of taking inspiration from the rich soils of the Ardennes, plus the region’s ancient tradition of beer-making and famous legends, it made perfect sense to baptise this magnificent artisanal abbey beer ‘Sint Hubertus’. For this beer also has everything needed to become a legend – thanks to its uniqueness and rich heritage.
our Sint Hubertus beers