Cornet | Beer and Barrel


CORNET is a strong blonde Belgian beer with an alcohol percentage of 8.5%. It is a specialty top‑fermented beer with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. CORNET was first brewed in brewery De Hoorn in Steenhuffel.

Oak wood chips are added during the brewing process, which makes for a unique taste experience that finely maintains the balance between the fruitiness of the yeast and the vanilla sweetness of the wood. The addition of wood chips is inspired by the traditional method of storing the blonde beer in oak barrels. The beer is available in 33 cl bottles, in large 75 cl bottles and in 20 l barrels.

The Brewing Process In Detail

The unique CORNET brewing process generally takes about two months. The following steps ensure the original taste of the blonde beer:

  • The beer is brewed, and stored in the fermentation tanks for one week.
  • After the primary fermentation, the beer undergoes ripening over toasted oak wood chips.
  • This provides the additional aromas, mainly vanilla. The moment at which the influence of the wood chips is sufficiently present in the brew always differs, as wood is a natural product that cannot be standardised.
  • Only by tasting can our brewers determine the exact point at which the brew has the right unique taste. This, too, forms part of the traditional beer brewing process.
  • For an extra fine sparkle, CORNET then undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle for 2 weeks in the warm room.
  • Your CORNET is now ready to be served. The only thing left for you to do is make a toast to real friendship with your friends and enjoy our craftsmanship.


CORNET has already received numerous awards for its unique flavour and has won the following titles:

  • 2014 – World Beer Awards Gold – Europe’s Best Wood Aged (first time taking part)
  • 2014 – Horeca Expo – Baanbreker Award
  • 2015 – World Beer Awards – Gold – Belgium’s Best Wood Aged
  • 2016 – World Beer Awards – Silver – Belgium’s Best Wood Aged