St. Lutgarde (1182-1246), patron saint of Flanders, dedicated her life to the Lord in silence and fasting. She was a mystical saint of the Christendom. At the age of 17, she had an apparition of the Lord who persuaded her to join the holy orders. Refusing the office of abbess at the Abbey of Tongeren, she decided to join the Abbey of Aywiers to live the rest of her life in prayer and humility.
Why did she leave her native country of Flanders for the Abbey of Aywiers, located in Wallonia, French-speaking region of Belgium?
Lutgarde wanted to live the rest of her life in prayer and fasting. As she did not speak French, so it was easier for her to respect silence in Aywiers. This vow of silence is symbolised by the finger on the nun’s mouth on the label of Lutgarde bottles.
The Abbey of Aywiers
Aywiers is an old abbey where Cistercian nuns lived for nearly 600 years. The religious community of "Awirs" moved to Couture in 1215, and was dissolved in 1794, after the French Revolution.
The influence of the Abbey of Aywiers was very important, especially in the 17th century, during the Golden Age of this community. At that time, the Abbey of Aywiers had about 50 nuns and sisters converted.
Since its creation, the Abbey respected the monastic rule of Saint Benedict.
Entering an abbey was a difficult and thoughtful choice. In fact, the nuns made vows of poverty, obedience and chastity.
Augustin and Victor are two brothers passionate about beer and this magical place called Aywiers. In May 2017, they decided to create Lutgarde, the beer of the Abbey of Aywiers, where a brewery ran for nearly 600 years for trade and the nuns’ personal consumption.