Grimbergen Optimo Bruno is a brown a top fermentation beer, re-fermented in the bottle. It has a very full flavor, a high density and a strong aftertaste, rich in alcohol. It was originally an Easter beer, but because of its huge success, it is now available all year round. Just like all other Grimbergen beers, it only contains four ingredients: barley malt, water, hops and yeast. It has an alcohol content of 10%.
Serving temperature: 8-10°C
The brewing history at the abbey of Grimbergen dates back to 1128. The abbey has had a turbulent history, which is reflected in the logo of their beers: a phoenix with the Latin text "Ardet nec consumitur". This means: "burns, but doesn't perish" and it refers to the many times that the abbey has been on fire, but it was rebuilt and survived every time. During these turbulent times, the monks had to stop their brewing activities.
It wasn’t until 1958 when brewery Alken-Maes signed a licensing deal with the monks that Grimbergen beers surfaced again. Grimbergen Optimo Bruno is one of the more recent beers, it has been brewed in its current form since 1988 and it is a stronger and richer version of traditional Grimbergen Dubbel. Another, even more recent beer is Grimbergen Goud, a strong blond beer that was launched in 2008.