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ARTISAN LIQUEUR. UNIQUE TASTE. UNCOMPROMISING QUALITY. 160 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. 19th of March 1863, in a house in a suburb of Antwerp, François-Xavier de Beukelaer - after finishing his studies as a doctor and pharmacist - discovered early in the morning after years of research, the recipe for a delicious liqueur: Elixir d’Anvers. Elixir d’Anvers soon became famous for his rich, unique and exciting flavoured aroma. The production process of Elixir d’Anvers takes about five months and is a result of maceration (herbs, barks,...) followed by distillation and aging in oak barrels. This unique taste is based on an equally unique mixture of herbs. There are dozens of them, and they come from all over the world: plants, roots and peels of citrus fruits. They are kept in refrigerated rooms and storage bins on the first floor of the distillery, where they are mixed in a specially designed chamber.
This is where the authentic and artisanal production process, which takes about five months in total, starts. Two large jute bags of herbs are needed for one distillation: more than 80 kilos in total. The herbs are weighed on a large scale in the mixing chamber, before being carried downstairs to the copper stills in the distillery. In the earliest years after its invention, Elixir d’Anvers grew from a drink that was first given to horses with colic to the favourite drink of older ladies and gentlemen. The liqueur has now become a beloved beverage with a rich, unique and exciting flavoured aroma, elegant and perfumed with a sweet herbal and complex taste. The exceptional quality of Elixir d’Anvers has been awarded with dozens of medals and diplomas of honour, not only in Europe but also in Australia, Africa and the United States. One of the most striking diplomas comes from Boulognesur-Mer, France (1887) and bears the signature of Louis Pasteur. FX de Beukelaer can proudly call itself one of the oldest and most famous liqueur distilleries in Belgium.
Ivan Nolet & Carl-Ivan Nolet, Father & Son