Beer in Belgium
It is often said that beer is to Belgium what wine is to France. Today the number of Belgian breweries stands at around 100 and, according to The Economist, Belgium produces more than a 1,100 different beers, many still using recipes that date back many generations.
Belgium’s history has played its part in this diverse and heal
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History of Beer
Beer is one of mankind’s oldest beverages. When cereals were first grown for food, thousands of years ago, a fortunate by-product was discovered. When these tasty grains got wet, they would ferment.
This process of fermentation had the ability to transform water into a very palatable d
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Even without dumbing things down the basics of brewing are fairly easy. You take a quantity of some kind of starch, usually grain, mix it with water and if conditions are right it will ferment and
Copper Brewing Tank© BeerTourism.com
form a primitive sort of beer, and that is all th
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Patron Saints of Beer
On the principle that it’s better to be safe than sorry, mankind has always looked to higher powers to safeguard his precious beers. In the West. Simply praying wasn't
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enough so that means there’s a whole bar full of Christian saints somewhere all of
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Fruity, strong Belgian ale that is modelled on the beers made by monks from Trappist abbeys, but brewed by secular brewers.
Alcohol By Volume. This is a standard measure of the amount of alcohol in a drink. The average is around 4% to 5% but you can will easily find beers with an ABV as high as 12%
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Oerbier is the Dolle Brouwers flagship beer. It was their first commercialized beer and has been in production since 1980. The name refers to the pure origin of the beer as well as... [ more ]
Westvleteren Blond - The lightest beer of the Sint-Sixtus family, when confined to its bottle, only to be recognized by the green cap topping it off. This is the beer that the monk... [ more ]
Dulle Teve is a West-Flemish term - more juicy Belgian dialect, most of the time only understood by those who speak it. And when we talk Belgian beer, the West produces some of the... [ more ]
Special Extra Export Stout, as the name rather obviously reveals, was created for the export market. This request came from the brewery’s US distributor.
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Westvleteren 8 is 12’s little and lesser known brother. It’s sadly also sometimes less appreciated, and is said by some to be the least popular (recognised by its blue bottle cap) ... [ more ]
The prestigious Christmas beer from Esen, as well as the second and last seasonal brews the Dolle Brouwers produce. Stille Nacht translates rather easy and clearly as 'Silent Night... [ more ]