In the 10th century, the Scheldt formed the border between the French and German empires, with Ename as a strategic point. In 1063, the Benedictine abbey was founded there. The first brewing activities in the region date from that date. The abbey became the beating heart of Ename; until the eighteenth century, it was bustling with activity in and around the abbey. Unfortunately, during the French Revolution, the abbey was razed to the ground. Ruins are all that remains...
But fortunately, along with Ename Abbey, beer has not disappeared forever. With passion for beer, craftsmanship and respect for the medieval Benedictine recipe, Roman Brewery brews five full-flavoured abbey beers, each with its own character.
The story begins in 1545 with Joos Roman, who is in Mater, part of Oudenaarde, a sort of
had bed and breakfast called "The Clocke" along the trade route from Germany to France. There was
an inn, a farm, a flour mill, a malting plant and a brewery. Brewing beer at the time was
just one of the many activities that took place there; only later did it become the main activity of the
The current imposing buildings and courtyard date from 1930, around this time the Brewery was
Roman transformed into a limited liability company. Under Louis Roman's leadership, the
brewery from a primarily lager-producing business to one with a diversity
to speciality beers that resonated with a wider audience of beer lovers and often won awards
won in competitions. The introduction of Sloeber (1983), Ename Abbey beers (1990), Mater white beer
(1993), Black hole (2005) and Gentse Strop (2011) accelerated the growth of the
Today, the Brewery is run by 14th-generation Carlo and Lode Roman. With feeling
for tradition and an eye for innovation, they too take the art of brewing to the highest standard
With a mission to create the perfect taste sensation