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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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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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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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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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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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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, what...
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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 geuze production in West Flanders. Memorably, de Gueuze and Kriek Saint Louis were...
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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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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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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...
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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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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 brewery’s quirkiest and most out-of-the-box brand. The beer was refreshed and re-launched in 2003, but...
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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 kriekenbier...
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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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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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Liefmans Cuvée Brut

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The basis for Liefmans Cuvée 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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Kasteel Tripel

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Kasteel Tripel is a West Flemish tripel through and through, enriched with Belgian hops. Brewer Xavier Van Honsebrouck firmly states that this tripel is as solid as a castle. And let’s be fair: there are very few tripels that achieve such a high alcohol content. This beer was launched a few years after Kasteel...
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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 40 EBU. As far as...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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 St....
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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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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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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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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 a...
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Bacchus Frambozenbier

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Bacchus Frambozenbier 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 their...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, and an associated Facebook...
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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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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 that...
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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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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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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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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 its...
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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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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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Harlekijn

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Harlekijn is the brainchild of rock-n-roll beer promotor Ive Mostrey, manager and owner of beershop 't Koelschip in Ostend. As an apprentice brewer, Ive set up a co-operation with Marc Strubbe to create this “back to basics” beer. In the current beer world, which sees more and more taste additives, both gentlemen wanted to...
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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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VanderGhinste Oud Bruin

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Bockor 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 the West Flanders...
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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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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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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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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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Wilderen Kriek

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Wilderen Kriek is based on lambiek from the Bockor brewery and was launched in 2012. Bockor 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. Thus it contains natural...
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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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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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Kriek Max

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The Bockor 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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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Chimay Bleu

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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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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. The...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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