The Little Colmant Girl

at Mons

  • A human and family project above all

    Colmant. Does this name mean something to you? The Colmant brewery, indeed! Remember, this family brewery stood in Baudour between 1870 and 1974. Sadly, it ceased its activities in the 1980s following the death of Pierre Colmant, the last proprietor and brewer of the premises. However, the memory of the brewery went on living within the Colmant family, and it was Hélène, the granddaughter of Pierre who became passionate about this world of brewing and who especially wanted to perpetuate his memory by making her father proud. At just 30 years old, Hélène launches into this family adventure. Not having known the brewery nor her grandfather, Hélène had nothing but stories and family documents as well as some lost objects in her parents’ cellar (enamelled plates, wooden beer crates). After a few cleaning sessions and Internet research to find other treasures (labels, glasses from the Colmant brewery, etc.), Hélène managed to revive this heritage and sensitise her father about this family history by offering him her findings. But Hélène then set herself a new objective: to resurrect the Colmant Season to dedicate it to her father. A symbolic gesture, a dream coming to fruition with the collaboration of a brewer.

    The “Old Colmant Season”

    One of the emblematic products of the brewery described as a “luxury beer”, “vintage reserve”, “superior class”, etc. A quality drink that is far from having been forgotten. At the origin of its appellation is the term “Season”, which typically designates a Belgian beer born in the province of Hainaut. Back in the day, farms were flourishing in the region and most of them engaged in brewing activity (cereals were plentiful!). Seasonal workers were employed during the summer to help in the fields and, to refresh them, the farmer-brewers offered them a slightly tart thirst-quenching drink which they had brewed during the winter. This was the case of the Colmant brewery. And although the industrial landscape of the region has since changed, beers of the “Seasonal” type are still anchored in Hainaut.
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