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Achel 8 Blond

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When the Trappist abbey of Achel started to withdraw from its agricultural activities, developing its brewery was seen as one way of increasing its sources of income. The monks quickly decided to bottle and sell their own beers, just as their Trappist brethren were doing. Brother Antoine, who had previously been a brewer at...
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Achel 8 Bruin

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Achel 8 Bruin first saw light one year after the Achel 8 Blond. And unlike its somewhat troubled brother tripel, this dubbel was well received from the start. It especially hit the spot just across the border, in the Netherlands, where a Trappist beer is expected to colour dark-brown in the glass. ...
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Adriaen Brouwer

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In 2003 the Roman brewery – in business since 1545 and a proud member of the Belgian Family Brewers association – relaunched its popular 'Roman Oudenaards bruin' as 'Adriaen Brouwer'. The new name refers to the famous 17th-century painter from Oudenaarde. Adriaen Brouwer was well-known for his sensual works, and also for a love of...
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Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold

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The Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold is an undoubted degustation beer, based as it is on the 'classic' Adriaen Brouwer - but with an added, in-bottle, fermentation stage slipped into the production process. It has a strikingly beautiful balance, juggling to perfection a troika of caramel, malt and dried fruits. As with the 'mother beer',...
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Affligem Tripel

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The recipe for the Affligem abbey beers is based on the original Formula Antiqua Renovata, an abbey recipe dating back to the middle ages. The Affligem abbey beers are brewed using the highest quality summer-barley malt and aroma hops. An in-house yeast is the ‘soul’ of this beer. The fermentation process produces esters...
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Anders IPA

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Brouwerij Anders NV is an independent brewery that produces beers for, and on behalf, of other parties. This is brewery that sets itself apart precisely because as it doesn't brew and market its own beers. Except that it does: on a single occasion, the “Bier Anders IPA 2013” was produced to mark the occasion of...
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Bacchus

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In the same vein that gueuze beer typifies the Pajottenland region, this beer is also a genuine Flemish regional product. In the Roman pantheon, Bacchus (son of Jupiter) was the god of wine, inebriation and general drunkenness. The beer thus acquired its name in 1954 due to its wine-like taste. Bacchus is one of...
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Bacchus Frambozenbier

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Bacchus Frambozenbier (Framboise) is similar to Bacchus Kriekenbier as the base for both fruit beers is Bacchus Oud Vlaams Bruin. Fresh raspberries are added to the beer which will continue to mature before leaving the brewery. The Bacchus fruit beers are produced in much the same way as fruit beers that have lambiek as...
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Bacchus Kriekenbier

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Bacchus Kriekenbier is a fruit beer based on Bacchus Oud Vlaams Bruin (Old Flemish Brown) with the addition of krieks (Morello cherries). The production process is similar to that of the St. Louis fruit beers (also in the hands of Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck). However, with St. Louis fruit beers, the fruit is maturing...
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Barista

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Kasteel Barista is the successor to Kasteel Winter, a seasonal beer that has been discontinued. Barista is a dark degustation beer that can be enjoyed all year long - on an outdoor terrace or in front of an open fire. It is also an ideal way to end your meal. The use of several...
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Brasserie LeFort

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The beer of Brasserie LeFort embodies the revival of a little piece of Belgian brewing history. The name is a reference to the former Kortrijk city brewery. The original LeFort brewery was located on the square (plein in Flemish) that used to be home to a fort designed by the well-known French military architect, Vauban....
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Brigand

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Brigand, the name of this golden blond regional beer, is a reference to the revolt by the peasants of Ingelmunster against the ‘sans culottes’ (French soldiers), which took place in 1798 in nearby Hulste. Brigand is the name given by the French to the Flemish rebels. In French, brigand just means bandit. Although Castle...
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Brugge Tripel

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Many Belgian towns and cities have their own city beer. Bruges is no exception, with the Brugse Tripel from the De Gouden Boom brewery. Palm Belgian Craft Brewers took over De Gouden Boom in 2004 and has been producing this brew ever since under the name of Brugge Tripel. However, the roots of this...
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Brugse Zot

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Brugse Zot, a city beer for Bruges brewed by De Halve Maan, was launched in 2005 by Xavier Vanneste, but its name harks back to the late Middle Ages, when the Emperor Maximilian of Austria visited Bruges. He witnessed a parade of jesters and madmen (fools called ‘zotten’). Afterwards, the citizens of Bruges asked...
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Brunehaut Pomfraiz

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When Marc-Antoine De Mees took over the Brasserie de Brunehaut in 2007, he decided to start brewing a range of organic – and later on also gluten-free – beers that would carry the name of Brunehaut and complement the traditional Saint-Martin abbey beers for which this brewery had been renowned for centuries. These organic...
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Bush Ambrée

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This is a venerable brew, which has recently marked its 80th anniversary. 1933 was the year that the Bush Ambrée (Scaldis Ambrée) was first introduced, under the name of Bush Beer. It is one of the oldest speciality beers in Belgium, and also the flagship brand of the Dubuisson brewery. The Bush Ambrée...
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Bush Ambrée Triple

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This is another of Dubuisson's anniversary beers. In order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bush brand name, the brewery launched this beer, the Bush Ambrée Triple (Scaldis Ambrée Triple), in 2008. This is a re-fermented Bush Ambrée, marketed in large 75 cl bottles. These have a luxurious and exclusive look – thanks...
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Bush Blonde

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Following on from the amber ale of Bush Ambrée, and the darker seasonal brew of the Bush de Noël, the Bush Blonde (Scaldis) formed a natural complement, when first introduced to the Bush range back in 1998. That year was the 65th anniversary of Dubuisson's mainstay, Bush Ambrée, and this muscular brew was aimed squarely...
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Bush Blonde Triple

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To mark the 75 year anniversary of the Bush beer brand, Dubuisson introduced the Bush Blonde Triple (Scaldis Triple) in 2008. This re-fermented Bush Blonde is available in large bottles (75 cl) that are rather gorgeously decorated, and nicely topped off with a champagne cork. A triple like this is a heavy, high-fermentation beer,...
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Bush de Charmes

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Bush de Charmes is the latest addition to the range of gastronomic beers offered by Brasserie Dubuisson that already include the Bush de Nuits and the Bush Prestige. Hugues Dubuisson, in his never-ending quest for exceptional beers, came across the idea of letting his Bush Blonde mature in oak barrels previously used to mature...
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Bush de Noël

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The first reach-out beyond Bush Ambrée for Dubuisson, making its appearance in 1991, the Bush de Noël (Scaldis de Noël) is a warm Christmas beer intended to liven up the dark days of winter. Although this beer isn't easy to find, produced in only limited volumes, the Bush de Noël is considered by many...
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Bush de Noël Premium

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This beer is based on the Bush de Noël, a warming Christmas beer introduced by Dubuisson in 1991, which was intended to lighten up the long, dark nights of winter. Such Christmas beers tend to be malty, top-fermented beers with a hefty alcohol content. They are often dark, but can be amber-coloured. ...
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Bush de Nuits

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The Bush de Nuits (Scaldis Prestige de Nuits) is a variant of the Bush range that was introduced in 2008. Like the Bush Prestige, it spends a long time – six to nine months – maturing in oak barrels, before hitting the bottle. But in this case the barrels holding the beer aren't new,...
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Bush Prestige

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The Bush Prestige (Scaldis Prestige) certainly lives up to its name – as it is a rather prestigious brew. Much of that mark of distinction has been acquired from the vessels it matures in. Rather than sitting in stainless steel tanks (as the Bush Ambrée does), it spends six months having its complexity nurtured in...
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Chimay Blanc

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It was in 1966 that Brother Théodore created the ‘capsule blanche’, now better known under the name of Chimay Tripel. In contrast to the dark Chimay Rouge and Chimay Bleu, the ‘white Chimay’ presents a dry and hoppy character. This tripel really is a drinkable proof of the complex art of brewing. It...
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Chimay Bleue

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To celebrate Christmas 1948, the monks of Chimay decided to produce a Spéciale Noël. But from the time their new brewing hall opened (in 1954) you could say every day has been Christmas. That's when the Chimay Bleu, that self-same Spéciale became part of the Trappist brewery's standard range. And it is indeed a...
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Chimay Rouge

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This is a beer with a pedigree. The Chimay Rouge was brewed for the very first time back in 1862, although it was a somewhat different beer back then. The biggest leap forward occurred after WWII. Like many other breweries, Chimay had suffered significantly during the 20th-century's wars. When the brewery was rebuilt,...
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Chouffe Soleil

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The label of the Chouffe Soleil tells you straight away what this beer is about. The brewery’s gnome mascots, known from the blonde La Chouffe beers and the dark Mc Chouffe brews, are preparing for a scrumptious picnic, bathed in the mild spring sunshine. During the reign of winter we enjoy the dark, seasonal...
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Coccinelle

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Coccinelle is the first beer produced by Hasselt hobby brewer Kris Dexters. In 2007 he obtained his brewer’s qualification in Anderlecht and in 2011 he graduated as a Zythologue in Hasselt. After years of tasting, trial and error Kris finally found what he was looking for. His creation saw the light in 2013 and was...
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Cuvée des Jacobins

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This truly is a unique beer, brewed the traditional way – and with much devotion and craftsmanship – by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste . They are well-respected for their speciality beers, like the blond high-fermentation beer Omer (which has won international awards). Cuvée des Jacobins, by contrast, is an uncut lambiek that has matured for...
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Cuvée des Trolls

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The Cuvée des Trolls first saw the light in 2000, fermenting in the tanks of microbrewery Le Brasse-Temps, a subsidiary of Dubuisson based in Louvain-La-Neuve. This outsider brew, initially aimed at the youth market, quickly achieved success for the brewery. The Cuvée des Trolls makes for a great starter beer, treading the path between a...
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Cuvée des Trolls Triple

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The Cuvée des Trolls Triple is another of Dubuisson's anniversary triples, brewed to mark the 10th anniversary of the Cuvée des Trolls. Its basis beer, Cuvée des Trolls, was born in 2000 in the tanks of Dubuisson's microbrewery subsidiary, Le Brasse-Temps, in Louvain-La-Neuve. This unfiltered blonde beer is warmly cloudy by nature. ...
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Cuvée du Chateau

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De Cuvée du Chateau is the crown jewel within the Kasteel range and has been brewed since 2010. It found its inspiration in the subterranean cellars of Ingelmunster Castle. After ten years of maturation, bottles of Kasteel Donker started to acquire the taste of madeira and port. Brewmaster Hans aimed to achieve the...
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De Koninck

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This Antwerp classic, launched over a century ago in 1913, catches your eye straight away. That's thanks to its intense mahogany colour and its robustly frothy collar. De Koninck has a complex aroma, with touches of toffee, chestnut and caramel. It also comes with a smoky fragrance. Fruity notes, especially of banana,...
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Delirium Tremens

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The Delirium Tremens was born in 1988 at the request of an Italian client. This beer is an outsider. Its white bottle is reminiscent of Cologne pottery ware. On the label you will see pink elephants, crocodiles and dragons depicting the various stages of inebriation you might expect to go through after a few...
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DeuS Brut des Flandres

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DeuS Brut des Flandres is a unique brew that was introduced to the world in 2002. It is a sparkling, honest and pure beer created with just water, yeast, malt and hops. The carefully selected yeast cultures add a mild taste of ginger. The exquisitely balanced hop bitterness, top quality ingredients and an attention to...
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Diôle Ambrée

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Amber beers are not as prevalent as they used to be. This type of top-fermented beer was the response of Belgian brewers to the foreign pils beers that flooded the market from the beginning of the 20th century. A contest was staged to find a contender to these popular invaders, and so the spéciale...
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Diôle Blonde

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The Diôle Blonde was the first beer introduced by Brasserie des Carrières. Its launch at the end of 2012 came after much fine-tuning and many a test brew in this microbrewery at the Malterie du Château in Beloeil, where brewer Julien Slabbinck is also a quality manager. This particular beer is brewed with the...
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Diôle Brune

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Many Belgian brewers who produce specialty beers will tend to offer two varieties that they swear by, a blonde beer and a dark or Christmas beer. The dark beer will have the fragrance and colour of roasted malt, with the occasional addition of a dash of candy sugar. Brasserie des Carrières is no different with...
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Double Enghien Blonde

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The original Double Enghien that was brewed by Tennstedt-Decroes, in Enghien, was an amber saison. When Brasserie de Silly bought the brewery, they changed the Double Enghien into a straight blond beer, as they already had a saison – the Saison de Silly – in their range. Several variants of the Double have...
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Duvel

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Brewed for the first time in the 1920s, Duvel has stamped its mark as a reference point amongst the heavier Belgian blond beers. The beer is quick to live up to its reputation visually, with its imposing snow-white head and pearlisation in the glass, making it quite beautiful to look at. It wasn't always...
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Duvel Tripel Hop

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Whereas the classic Duvel is traditionally brewed with two varieties of hops, the Tripel Hop (as its name indicates) involves the addition of a third variety of aroma hops. The Duvel Tripel Hop was produced for the first time in 2007, but only as a one-off limited edition. After a bet with Michel Moortgat,...
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Ename Blond

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1990 was an important year for Brouwerij Roman, as they launched a triumphant trio of abbey beers: Ename Blond, Dubbel and Tripel. The launch coincided with an open air spectacle held amongst the abbey ruins. The Ename Blond was, perhaps, the most favoured of these three, and, in 2002, Roman also introduced a winter beer...
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Ename Dubbel

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History and beer often go hand in hand when it comes to Belgian beer. That's undoubtedly the case with the Ename Dubbel, a dark abbey beer that shares an interesting back-story with the rest of the Ename family, the Tripel, Cuvée Rouge and Blond. This threesome were brought to market quite recently, in 1990, by...
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Ename Pater

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The name of the officially recognised Ename abbey beers comes from the former Benedictine Abbey of Ename, close to the Roman Brewery near Oudenaarde. Ename abbey was demolished in 1797 during the days of the French revolution, a time when many Belgian abbeys were closed or even razed. Later excavations at Ename brought to...
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Ename Tripel

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This abbey beer has roots deep in local history. Its origins go all the way back to the Treaty of Verdun, concluded in 843. This landmark agreement made the river Scheldt the designated border between Flanders and the German empire. A fort was built at Ename to keep the Count of Flanders and his...
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Filou

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Filou is not just yet another Belgian strong blonde, so many of which have come onto the market recently - 13 to the dozen definately does not apply here. Filou is French for rascal, and with a name like this, you would expect to be fleeced. Is the brewer getting one over on us? No,...
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Gentse Strop

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The Gentse Strop, introduced in 2011, is one of Brouwerij Roman's most popular beers, and a reminder of the historic ties between the cities of Oudenaarde and Ghent. Just what are these ties? Well, Emperor Charles V's home town was Ghent, while his daughter, Margaret of Parma (born out of wedlock), was born in Oudenaarde....
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Green Killer

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Brasserie de Silly enjoys a reputation as a traditional family brewery producing honest Belgian specialty beers - the Scotch de Silly or La Divine for example. However, this brewery, with roots going back to the 1800s, also markets less traditional beers... The Green Killer IPA, launched in 2014, provides a fine example. This...
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Gulden Draak

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The beer first saw the day of light as a one-off brew commissioned by the mayor of Evergem. It was added to the brewery's regular range when Italian guests of the brewery tried it and liked it so much they insisted on its continued production. One thing is sure with Gulden Draak, it stands...
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Herkenrode Bruin

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All that remains of the former abbey of Herkenrode near Hasselt is the magnificent 17th century abbey farm. The oldest traces, including the remains of a brewery, go all the way back to 1182. Brewer Jef Cornelissen Senior was responsible for launching this abbey beer with the assistance of Robert Putman, formerly engineer-brewmaster with...
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Houblon Chouffe

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The Houblon Chouffe is a crossover beer – a Belgian interpretation of the India Pale Ale (IPA), a beer style originating in England. Extra hops were added to these ales, to make sure the beer survived the long sea voyage to India – hence the name. And of late, the IPA style has...
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Kasteel Blond

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Kasteel Blond is a real thirst quencher. A refreshing, characteristic blond Belgian beer with a 'relatively' low alcohol content, especially in comparison with the average alcohol content of some of the other beers in the “Kasteel” range. Also bearing in mind that with its Trignac the brewery counts a 12% ABV heavyweight among...
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Kasteel Donker

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Donker is the genuine flagship of the “Kasteel” range. Brewed since 1989 and the first, original Kasteel beer. The name is a clear reference to Ingelmunster castle owned by the Van Honsebrouck family. This beautiful castle is depicted on the label as well as on the bottle top and the glass. When the brewing...
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Kasteel Hoppy

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Kasteel Hoppy is a recent addition to the Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck Kasteel range. It was launched in 2013 in response to the trend for more hopped beers. This is a high fermentation blond beer, rich in hops, and thanks to this abundance it has a bitterness level of 45 EBU. As far as...
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Kasteel Rouge

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Kasteel Rouge is principally a “blend” of two artisanal, quality products, Kasteel Donker and a cherry liqueur. The beer was launched in 2008 and is the “fruitiest” offering within the Kasteel beer range. As it is produced in a different way from the typical Belgian fruit beers, brewer Xavier Van Honsebrouck prefers to call...
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Kasteel Tripel

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Kasteel Tripel is a West Flemish tripel through and through, enriched with Belgian hops. Brewery CEO Xavier Van Honsebrouck firmly states that this Tripel is as solid as a castle, and let’s be fair, there are few Tripels that achieve such a high alcohol content. This beer was launched a few years after Kasteel...
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Kriek Max

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The Omer Vander Ghinste brewery first launched their Kriek Max in 2002, and immediately it hit the target. More than ten years on, and this sweet-and-tasty kriek still has a huge fan base. The ‘Max’ in the name refers to a brewing approach that aims to maximise the taste of sweet krieken (cherries)....
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La Chouffe

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La Chouffe is Brasserie d’Achouffe's star brew. This strong blond ‘gnome beer’, first brewed in 1982, today accounts for 80 per cent of the brewery’s output. Not only did the brewers make history with this, their first Ardennes tripel, but the story of the beer’s origins also went down a storm: how it...
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La CRESS

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La Cress was launched in August 2013 at the Bier Anders Beer Festival in Tongeren. It is a delicious blond beer with a rich smooth feel in the mouth. The brewing process includes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, providing natural carbonation. Watercress seeds provide the herbal flavour. This truly is a unique beer....
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La Divine

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La Divine is a beer that was created by Silly upon request. A beer distributor from Battice, in the area of Liege, had found an old local recipe. He asked Brasserie de Silly to produce a beer from it, back in the early nineties. Silly promptly obliged. La Divine is a very strong...
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Liefmans Fruitesse

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The youngest member of the Liefmans family was introduced some years ago, in the summer of 2009, as an ideal summery aperitif beer – one that could be served on ice. “Fruitesse on the Rocks!” is its tag-line. Fruitesse doesn't pretend to be a complex degustation beer, because it is anything but. However,...
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Liefmans Goudenband

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The original name of this beer was IJzerenband (Iron Band). It used to be categorised as a 'provisie-bier' – a beer for storage – as it was slightly heavier in density and alcohol than the Oud Bruin, and matured longer 'in-bottle' at the brewery. People would purchase it to lay down in their...
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Liefmans Kriek Brut

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The basis for Liefmans Kriek Brut was laid in the years 1900 to 1930, when local farmers started popping in to Liefmans, to ask for a barrel of beer to use with their glut of 'krieken' (cherries). But it was Pierre Van Geluwe-De Berlaere who was the first brewer at Liefmans to do the...
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Limburgse Witte

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Malt, wheat, hops, coriander, dried lemon peel and water. Even the earliest records list these ingredients for the brewing of a white beer. The epoch of this white beer started around the year of 1445, when the monks were dividing their time between prayer, charitable works, wine making and beer brewing. They discovered...
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Maredsous Blond

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This golden-hued abbey beer could be considered as one of the most traditional of Belgian beers. It has a pedigree that stretches back to before the French Revolution. During that time, many Belgian abbeys ceased to exist, and their associated communities with them. But some – like the Benedicts that founded Maredsous Abbey...
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Maredsous Bruin

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Belgium is justly proud of its ancient monastic tradition, one that goes back centuries. The French Revolution (1789-1799) wiped many abbey communities off the map. A number of these, however, were re-established in the 19th century – and Maredsous Abbey was among them. All accredited abbey beers have a link to this...
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Maredsous Tripel

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As far as the monks of Maredsous are concerned, the Maredsous Tripel is a party beer, their ‘nec plus ultra’. This tripel is a tipple that is imbibed on special occasions, standing out thanks to both its intense colour and taste. The in-bottle re-fermentation is largely responsible for the latter, but this high fermentation...
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Mc Chouffe

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This dark brother to the famous blond La Chouffe first hit the market back in 1987. The Mc Chouffe aims to steer a middle course between a traditional dark Abbey beer, belonging to the ‘dubbel’ beer style, and a Scotch ale (although the latter generally offers a more pronounced malty taste than see in the...
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OMER. Traditional Blond

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OMER. Traditional Blond has a particularly interesting history, wrapped up as it is with the history of the family behind the brewery. It was in 1892 that Omer Vander Ghinste started up this brewery in Bellegem. To advertise his beers, he had the wording ‘Bieren Omer Vander Ghinste’ added to the leaded-glass windows of his...
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Orval

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Orval is a real stand out. The recipe, the glass, the bottle and the label – all are unique, and all have remained unchanged since Orval’s launch in the 1930s. This beer is also a stand-out thanks to its combination of brewing techniques: top as well as spontaneous fermentation. And both the...
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Paljas Blond

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Paljas Blond was launched at the BAB Brugs Bierfestival in 2013. It is relatively light and could be described as a thirst-quencher; nevertheless, it is also a rounded degustation beer that was developed by beer aficionado and sommelier Mathias Van Den Poel. In contrast to many other blonde beers, the Paljas Blond has quite...
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Paljas Bruin

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At the request of local horeca (hotels, restaurants and cafés), Brouwerij Henricus introduced the Paljas Bruin (Brown) to complement the Paljas Blond. This turned into a lengthy quest for beer lover and sommelier Mathias Van Den Poel, as he is not an aficionado of standard sweet brown beers although does enjoy a heavy, dark...
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Paljas IPA

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The Paljas IPA (India Pale Ale) is a strongly hopped beer. This beer style originated in England. Beers destined for India were brewed with a larger quantity of hops so they would survive the long sea voyage. The IPA beer style has become wildly popular in the USA, where brewers often push the limits...
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Palm Hop Select

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The younger brother of the classic Palm is worthy of its 'Select' name, as it is hopped three times. The first hopping is at the start of the boiling process; then, just before the end of boiling, and finally there is a dry hopping towards the end of the main fermentation. And all done...
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Passchendaele

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Passchendaele is one of the more recent additions to the extensive range offered by Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck. This beer was brewed in collaboration with the 'Memorial Museum' in Zonnebeke and 'Genootschap Passchendaele 1917'. After a year’s brewery testing this beer was introduced in the early spring of 2013. It revealed itself to be...
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Pauwel Kwak

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In the 18th century there was a very well-known brewer in the Dendermonde area. His name was Pauwel Kwak. He brewed his own beer, which was dark and heavy and also had a coaching inn on the road between Mechelen and Gent, where the mail coaches used to stop for a break. In those...
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Pax Pils

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Pax Pils is a traditional pils that is popular in its local area. This beer was introduced in 1937, just a few years after the inauguration of the new Sint-Jozef brewhall. A bottom-fermented beer such as this ferments at low temperatures (6 to 12°C). Towards the end of the fermentation process, the yeast...
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Pêche Mel’ Bush

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As the name suggests, Pêche Mel' Bush (Pêche Mel Scaldis) is a marriage between Bush Ambrée, perhaps the strongest of Belgian beers, and ripe peach juice. Allegedly it was students who came up with the concept (and the name): they mixed a 'beer cocktail' that was a simple blend of Bush Ambrée and a peach-based...
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Piraat

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Piraat beer was developed and launched in 1982 by Brouwerij Van Steenberghe in Ertvelde, situated near the city of Ghent. This strong amber beer was actually created at the request of the brewery's Italian importer. Interestingly Gulden Draak, the brewery's flagship brew, also saw the light due to a request from the same importer. ...
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PoppoLou

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Café Manuscript has been a landmark in Ostend, and far beyond, for over 20 years. This brown café with its fantastic atmosphere – known for its live performances, music and superb welcome – is also a mecca for the beer lover. And since 2013, it has been the first official Beer Tourism Café....
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Rochefort 10

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In 1952, in order to place the modernisation of the brewery on the right commercial footing, much care was taken with the launch of Rochefort's two new beers. The refectory beer, had been the basis for the development of the ‘Middel’ (also known as ‘Merveille’) which became the Rochefort 6. The 10, however,...
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Rochefort 6

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This Trappist beer finds its origins in the pre-war bottled beer destined for the sick and infirm. But further back, 1899 was the year that first saw the monks of Saint-Remy in Rochefort light the fire under their kettles, in their new, small brewery. The beer they brewed then was a precursor of today's...
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Rochefort 8

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History and provenance are readily apparent, in the taste of the 8. Ever since the 1960s, Rochefort’s own yeast culture has produced those characteristic esters in its divine brews. And even today, in 2014, Rochefort's famous Trappists continue to brew using water from the calcium-rich Tridaine spring, 42 metres above the abbey. This...
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Rodenbach Grand Cru

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The Rodenbach Grand Cru is the archetypal Flanders red-brown beer. Each of these beers is a unique blend, but they all share a brewing process characteristic of the area surrounding Roeselare and Kortrijk. The typical sweet and sour taste of a Rodenbach Grand Cru is produced by a two stage fermentation process called mixed...
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Saint-Martin Triple

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The Saint-Martin abbey beers are heirs to the former Abbey of Saint-Martin in Doornik (Tournai), one of the oldest cities in Belgium. The abbey was founded many centuries ago and ceased to exist in 1797, during the time of the French Revolution. The sole survivor is Doornik Town Hall, with its historic subterranean crypt,...
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Scotch de Silly

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Scotch de Silly is a beer with a powerful echo of World War I, tracing its origin to the turmoil of that conflict. At that time, outside of the city of Silly, a regiment of Scottish soldiers were stationed. When they requested a Scotch Ale from the brewery, the brewers couldn't come up with...
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Sint-Gummarus Tripel

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Saint Gummarus is the patron saint of the small town of Lier, situated in the Kempen region. Gummarus is said to have performed quite a few miracles. He managed to create a spring just by touching the ground with his stick, a feat that the brewers found very interesting, not to mention useful. ...
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St. Bernardus Abt 12

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The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the flagship brew from the range of abbey beers put out by this Watou brewery. This beer is a something of a runaway success, and accounts for more than half of the total brewery output. It's by no means a coincidence that the Abt 12 is often...
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St-Feuillien Blonde

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The name of both the beer and the brewery harks back to an Irish monk who died a martyr’s death when he arrived to evangelise the region. He was elevated to sainthood and, after his death, Le Roeulx became a pilgrimage destination. The Saint-Feuillien Blonde, Brune, Triple, Cuvée de Noël and Grand Cru are all...
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

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This gueuze is a completely different beer compared to the St. Louis Premium Gueuze. This beer was created as the result of a challenge. During a brewery visit by Professor Gilbert Baetslé with a group of Hogeschool students from Ghent, Jef Van den Steen made a comment to Luc Van Honsebrouck to the extent...
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St. Louis Kriek Fond Tradition

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St Louis Kriek Fond Tradition is a pure, traditional, kriekenbier. This fruit beer made by Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck with krieken cherries (sour Morello-type cherries) is truly a beer for the connoisseur. Traditionally, the cherries were added to the beer to enhance its aroma and to promote fermentation. St Louis Kriek Fond Tradition contains...
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St. Louis Kriek Lambic

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The St. Louis Kriek Lambic is a traditionally produced kriekenlambiek. It is different from the St. Louis Premium Kriek in that, instead of krieken juice, a proportion of 15% of real krieken cherries is added to gueuze lambiek. The krieken will mature along with the beer for at least six months. Another essential difference...
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St. Louis Premium Framboise

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St. Louis Premium Framboise is a fruit beer based on traditional geuze lambiek. During the brewing process 25% juice is added, produced from Willamette raspberries. Before the St. Louis Premium range saw the light in 2001 (to take advantage of the increased market demand for sweeter fruit beers) Van Honsebrouck had been brewing the...
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St. Louis Premium Gueuze

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Premium Gueuze is the flagship brew of the St. Louis range and one of the jewels in the crown of Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck. This was by no means certain when Luc Van Honsebrouck decided, a few decennia ago, to start gueuze production in West Flanders. Memorably, de Gueuze and Kriek Saint Louis were...
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St. Louis Premium Kriek

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St. Louis Premium Kriek is a kriekenlambiek based on traditional gueuze lambiek with the addition of 25% krieken (cherry) juice and sugar. This is how this dark red beer is created. The first kriekenbier from Castle Brewery van Honsebrouck was launched in the late 1950's together with the Gueuze St. Louis. Nowadays this first...
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St. Louis Premium Peche

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St. Louis Premium Peche is a lambiek blend, based on a traditionally brewed gueuze lambiek with the addition of sugar and peach juice. This fruit beer has the lowest alcohol content of any beer in the St. Louis range and, by extension, the lowest of all the brews produced by Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck...
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Surfine

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Surfine is a hidden gem that shone out when the extensive back catalogue of the Dubuisson Brewery was explored. A search through the brewery’s archives brought to light a brand that many thought had vanished forever. The Surfine brand is older even than the iconic Bush Amber, created in 1933. Surfine (the name means...
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Timmermans Oude Gueuze

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Timmermans Oude Gueuze belongs to a select elite of Belgian beers. The label 'Oude Gueuze' is protected as an ‘appellation contrôlée’, by the European Union. As a style, Oude Gueuze is considered by many to be ‘the champagne of beers’, and its production is limited. That is certainly the case with Timmermans Oude Gueuze,...
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Trignac

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Trignac from Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck was introduced in the spring of 2013 and is far more than a tripel matured in oak barrels. It is, in fact, the first genuine tripel matured in recycled French cognac barrels. These special maturation barrels can only be used sparingly. It is therefore no surprise...
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Tripel Kanunnik

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De Kanunnik is a genuine Tripel and as such, goes a step further in alcohol content in comparison with Wilderen Goud. This pleasant and fruity tripel has a full mouth feel and distinguishes itself through its malty aroma. This four-grain triple is brewn using barley, wheat, oats and rye as well as three herbs...
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Tripel Karmeliet

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The Carmelites from Dendermonde in East Flanders were brewing a three-grain beer in the 1600s. This information, published in a recent book on local brewing history, happened to come to light after Brouwerij Bosteels (located in Buggenhout) had decided to start brewing a three-grain beer as its next specialty. It was only after the beer...
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Triple d’Anvers

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In 2010 Antwerp brewery De Koninck launched its first real tripel, De Koninck Triple d’Anvers. It is a high fermentation beer that gives a wonderfully golden blond to light amber colour in the glass. The head's no slouch either – De Koninck Triple d’Anvers will amaze you with its rich, white, frothy collar. ...
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Val-Dieu Blonde

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Belgium is proud of its abbey beers and their centuries-old tradition. These include the beers brewed by Val-Dieu, near Liège. The current brewers were inspired by the traditional recipes created by the monks. In the Val-Dieu Abbey, the brewery is located within the walls of the abbey, which is the exception rather than the...
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Val-Dieu Brune

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The beers of Val-Dieu subscribe to the rich tradition of Belgian abbey beers. The brewer’s inspiration is found in the recipes laid down many centuries ago by the monks. This is no coincidence. This abbey site has been home to brewing activity since human records began and, to this day, the Val-Dieu beers are...
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Val-Dieu Triple

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Monks have made an important contribution to the success of Belgian beers. Unlike the majority of their historical contemporaries, they were literate, and thus able to document their knowledge of brewing in written recipes that continue to inspire brewers to this day. Val-Dieu Abbey provides a tangible link to the monastic past: even now,...
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VanderGhinste Oud Bruin

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Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste has a long tradition of beers based on both spontaneous and mixed fermentations. The very first beer launched by founder Omer Vander Ghinste, in 1892, was called ‘Ouden Tripel’ – a Zuid-Westvlaams roodbruin of mixed fermentation. This beer style is one of the oldest in Belgium, and typical for...
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Vedett Extra Blond

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Duvel-Moortgat has been brewing export pilsners for many years, and right up to the present-day the brewery has been well-known for its BEL pils. The Vedett Extra Blond brings all this pils experience together, but represents, without a doubt, the Duvel-Moortgat brewery’s quirkiest and most out-of-the-box brand. The beer was refreshed and re-launched in...
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Vedett Extra White

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Wheat beer is an inseparable part of Belgian beer culture. No surprise then, that, after the success of the Vedett Extra Blond, the Vedett Extra White saw the light of day, in 2008. The thinking seems to have been that a premium pils should be complemented by a premium wheat beer. And rightly so. ...
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Vedett IPA

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India Pale Ale, or IPA, is an out-and-out success story on an international scale. That we know this beer style at all, is thanks to the Brits. When they created this beer, they added extra hops so the IPA would be able to weather the long sea journey to India unharmed. Fast-forward a few...
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Westmalle Dubbel

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It was Prior Alexius who, at the start of the 19th-century, decided to motivate the Westmalle brothers with his so-called 'liquid sandwiches'. Every single morning he would offer breakfast accompanied by two glasses of beer – which, by the way, contravened the order’s strict rules. But from 1836 onwards, the monks were allowed...
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Westmalle Tripel

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In 1934, the successful opening of the new Westmalle brewery was celebrated with a ground-breaking new ‘super beer’, brewed on the very same premises. Widely acknowledged as the first 'tripel' in the world, it was based on a recipe by Henri Vanderlinden, master-brewer of nearby Witkap in Brasschaat. He was then acting as an...
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Westvleteren 12

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Westvleteren 12 (XII) - The legendary, close to mythical Trappist from the Sint-Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren. Global winner of a wide range of titles, prizes and medals, acclaimed by many, desired by the masses. Their first title of Best Beer In The World, awarded in 2005 by ratebeer.com, triggered and fueled a hype as...
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Westvleteren 8

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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) of the active varieties made by the Sint-Sixtus monks. But these are just opinions and malicious gossip and could be considered normal when...
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Westvleteren Blond

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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 monks themselves drink as their day-to-day thirst quenching brew. They use to have the Westvleteren 6 (red bottle cap – dark beer...
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Wilderen Goud

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Wilderen Goud is a pure malt beer, quite fruity with an enjoyably dry aftertaste. Wilderen Goud was launched in July 2011 and is a robust everyday drinking beer, perfect after a walk or cycle ride or to take with you on a trip. Little wonder that this beer is a hit in student...
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Wilderen Kriek

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Wilderen Kriek is based on lambiek from the Omer Vander Ghinste Brewery and was launched in 2012. Omer Vander Ghinste is one of only two breweries that produce lambiek outside the valley of the Zenne in the Brussels area. The kriek is deep red in colour and contains 25% krieken (sweet cherry) juice. ...
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It will come as no great surprise to anyone that Belgium is a great place to enjoy a good beer. We may not have the highest number of beers compared to the traditional beer countries but we offer an amazing diversity of beer styles, flavours and aromas.

Just take a look at these pages to get an overview of our beautiful beers. The sample here is far from complete. But just like the Belgian beer scene, it is growing and changing all the time. Now and then a beer is withdrawn from the market, more often one or two new beers are added. Some will turn out to be mass-market successes, others will lead closeted lives, only known within the circles of beer adventurers.

And which one is best is completely up to you; it is you who chooses your favourite Belgian beer every single time, no-one can do it for you. You have your personal preferences of style, aroma and taste. So why should you have a beer forced upon you?

The beers listed here invite you to go on a journey of discovery. If the description of a particular beer appeals to you, track it down and let us know what you think of it. We bring you the story of the brewery and the beer, complete with its technical specifications, history, beer style, ingredients, recommended serving temperature and serving glass, colour and clarity, aroma and taste, food pairing tips, storage advice and availability – in other words, the beer’s passport.

Some beers go down very easily and are so thirst-quenching that their unexpectedly high alcohol volume may play a trick on you later on. You’d better be clear before you raise your glass how abstemious you want to be and whether you can cope with the after-effects. However, our main focus is on taste. The great thing about our brewers is that they are opening up all the registers of aroma and flavour. You can prove it by carrying out your own experiment. Take several neutral champagne or wine glasses and fill them with, for example, a strong blond beer matured on wood, an Oudenaards bruin, Vlaams oudbruin or a blended beer made using mature fruits. By all means, don’t tell your guests beforehand that they will be drinking beer. You’ll find that even the die hards who tell you that they absolutely, definitely do not like beer, will change their minds. “I never thought that beer could taste like this!” I’d put money on it.

Beer Tourism has been online since 2013, so it’s no surprise that we haven’t yet been able to list every Belgian beer (yet). If you start your own search you will soon find that some beers, in particular those made by microbreweries, are hard to track down. If you want to taste them, the brewery will receive you with open arms, or you may be able to find them in a handful of specialised beer cafés, shops and occasionally, online. Brewers like to advertise their exclusivity. And don’t forget that over half of the beer brewed in Belgium is destined for export.

Most of the beers featured on these pages are not too hard to find. They are quite current. The proverbial exception proves the rule, however. You will search in vain for Westvleteren Abt 12 made by St Sixtus abbey. It cannot easily be found in any store or café. You will have to pay a visit to the brewery tavern, In De Vrede, and take a few bottles home as well. Enjoy!


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