Discover the beer and breweries of Belgium.

Belgian Beer

Abbaye des Rocs


Abbaye des Rocs was the first beer from the Hainaut brewery of the same name. And when Jean-Pierre Eloir started brewing there in 1979 he was making Belgian beer history at the first ‘new wave’ microbrewery in the country. Abbaye des Rocs remains justifiably proud of its traditional brewing process and its use of...
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Achel 8 Blond


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


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


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 Oaked


Adriaen Brouwer pays homage to the 17th century artist and painter, born and bred in Oudenaarde, who immortalised the five senses. The artist gained a reputation as a ‘bon vivant’ and his numerous scenes of life at the inn tell their own story. Therefore, Adriaen Brouwer is taking up his own unique place within...
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Adriaen Brouwer Tripel


Adriaen Brouwer Tripel is the odd one out in the eponymous range offered by the Roman brewery. It was named after the 17th-century artist from Oudenaarde. To paint his scenes from daily life, he frequented quite a few inns. His self-portrait on the label gazes at you intensely. Both the classic Adriaen Brouwer...
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Affligem Tripel


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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Bacchus Frambozenbier


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


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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Bacchus Vlaams Oud Bruin


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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Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad 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...
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Bavik Super Pils


Bavik Super Pils’ name did not come out of the blue. In most pils beers, a higher-density wort is brewed and water is added after fermentation using the so-called ‘high gravity’ method. But this is not how De Brabandere goes about its brewing. In the brewhall, all of the ingredients are added to the...
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Bertinchamps Triple


The Bertinchamps range includes the traditional trio of triple, blonde and brune. The beers are brewed with well water, malt from locally grown brewing barley, European hop varieties and a special yeast strain; no herbs are added to these. Bertinchamps Triple is a rounded and extremely quaffable degustation beer. Aromas of flowers, freshly mown...
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Blanche des Honnelles


Witbiers, or white beers, are unfiltered, top-fermented beers. This traditional style was re-introduced in the 1960s by Pierre Celis, known for his Hoegaarden white beer and Celis White in the USA, where he moved after selling his business in Belgium. White beer is brewed with barley malt and unmalted – raw – wheat. Blanche...
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Bourgogne des Flandres


Bourgogne des Flandres is a ‘cut’ or blended beer, a category that is typical of Western Flanders and the Oudenaarde region. This beer is characterised by the use of traditional lambic from the Zenne Valley near Brussels. Bourgogne des Flandres is a blend of a dark, top-fermented beer and a lambic. It...
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Brasserie LeFort


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, 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


Many Belgian towns and cities have their own city beer. Bruges is no exception, with the Brugse Tripel from the De Gouden Boom brewery. Brouwerij Palm 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 city beer...
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Brugse Zot


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 Saison


When Marc-Antoine De Mees became the new owner of Brasserie de Brunehaut in 2007, he decided to launch a range of organic beers – to be followed by gluten-free beers a few years later – to be marketed under the name of Brunehaut. The range is an addition to the traditional Saint-Martin abbey beers, for...
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Bush Ambrée


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


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


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


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


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


The first reach-out beyond Bush Ambrée for Dubuisson, making its appearance in 1991, the Bush de Noël (Scaldis 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 as...
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Bush de Noël Premium


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


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


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 Bleue (Blue Cap)


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 Bleue (Blue), that self-same Spéciale became part of the Trappist brewery's standard range. And it is indeed...
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Chimay Dorée (Gold)


Father Théodore was responsible for the re-start of the Chimay brewery after the Second World War. He worked with Professor De Clerck of Louvain University. Together, they managed to isolate the Chimay yeast that is still in use and laid the foundations for the beers that we know today. In 1948 he introduced the...
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Chimay Rouge (Red Cap)


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 Triple (White Cap)


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


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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Microbrewery De Hoorn was re-established in 2014. With the launch of its Cornet, Brouwerij Palm is harking back to the tradition of oaked beers, where oak is used to create the taste. The four ‘Ingredients Masters’ employed by the De Hoorn brewery (responsible for herbs, hops, fruit and wood) develop this brewery’s new beers....
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Cuvée des Jacobins


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Duchesse de Bourgogne


At Verhaeghe-Vichte tradition is more than just a hollow phrase. After all, this brewery has been brewing Flemish red-brown beer for four generations. For Karl and his brother Peter, the brewer, the story started with Vichtenaar but it is the Duchesse de Bourgogne that has become their flagship beer. It is brewed with deeply...
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Brewed for the first time in the 1920s, Duvel has stamped its mark as a reference point amongst the stronger blonde Belgian 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 Citra


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


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


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


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 to the ground. Later excavations at...
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Ename Tripel


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 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


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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Goliath Triple


Ath is the city of giants. You can watch them on parade during the annual Ducasse d'Ath procession held over the fourth weekend of August. Goliath – Gouyasse in the local dialect – always heads the march. Not far from the parade route is the medieval fort of Irchonwelz, dating back to the 12th...
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Gouden Carolus Classic


Het Anker has been brewing the Gouden Carolus Classic since 1962 and it is still based on the recipe used in that year. The roots of this beer go all the way back to the Mechelsen Bruynen, the city beer brewed when the 16th-century Emperor Charles V was in power. The local brewers’ guild...
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Green Killer IPA


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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Grotten Santé


Grottenbier, or ‘cave beer’ was created many years ago by one of the greatest Belgian brewers, the (late) Pierre Celis, the legendary founder of...Hoegaarden. His idea achieved widespread popularity, and has now found a new home in the Kazematten, or casemates (a type of gun emplacement or bunker), of Ypres, one of the iconic...
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Gulden Draak


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 Noctis


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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Herkenrode Vesper Tripel


Monks live their lives to the rhythm of prayer. Vespers is the evening prayer said just before sunset, and it has served as the inspiration for the Cornelissen brewery’s Herkenrode Vesper Tripel. Like the patient monks you should take your time with this new degustation beer, which will reward you with its striking golden-blonde...
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Houblon Chouffe


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


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


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


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


Kasteel Rouge uses Kasteel Donker as a motherbeer. 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 this a “fruity” beer rather than a fruit beer....
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Kasteel Tripel


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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Kompel Bovengronds


The origins of this beer are unmistakeable. The miner depicted on the label and the name of ‘kompel’ (a nickname for a miner) testify to the hard slog in the former coal mines of Limburg. ‘Bovengronds’ (above ground) makes us think of thirsty throats lubricated by a tasty beer at the end of a...
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Kriek des Jacobins


Of all the Belgian fruit beers, cherry-flavoured kriek is the by far the most traditional. Kriekenbier has all the characteristics of an old gueuze, complemented with a pleasantly fruity taste. Brewers add krieken cherries (a type of Morello cherry) to lambic beers to improve their flavours. The addition of fruit has the...
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Kriek Max


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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The Oude Kwaremont is a cobbled road that ascends steeply for a distance of 2.2 km up the Kluisberg hill in Kluisbergen, East Flanders. Nicknamed the ‘calf biter’, it forms part of the route of the legendary Tour of Flanders cycle race. And, like the Tour’s winners, this cyclists’ beer has earned its own...
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La Chouffe


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 Divine


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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La Rulles Triple


Brewer Grégory Verhelst swapped his home town of Doornik (Tournai) for the Gaume region at the southernmost tip of Belgium. Now his regional beers, made in the artisan way, have made inroads in their own country and far across its borders. Rulles strives to produce powerful, but at the same time very quaffable,...
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Liefmans Fruitesse


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


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


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


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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Lindemans Framboise


Europeans have been drinking fruit beer for centuries. The Celts were partial to apple beer. The Belgians mastered the brewing of fruit beers a long time ago. This tradition goes back hundreds of years. Fruit lambic is the best known variety. Lambic, the oldest beer in the world, is a spontaneously fermented beer that...
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Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René


Lindemans belongs to the very select group of lambic breweries that up to this day are brewing authentic lambic beers in the area of the Senne valley in the Brussels region. To enjoy the traditional lambic beers produced by this brewery - Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René and Oude Gueuze Cuvée René - ...
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Lupulus Blond


Lupulus Blond is an unfiltered, unpasteurised "Ardennes Triple" that ferments in the bottle and in the barrel. Pierre Gobron, the brewer at Brasserie Lupulus, sets a high benchmark for himself. Lupulus Blond comes in a champagne-style bottle, standing out with a striking label graphic of a wolf, designed by illustrator Jean-Claude Servais. The...
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Lupulus Hopera


Lupulus Hopera is a golden-blonde Belgian pale ale, dry-hopped and re-fermented in the bottle. The beer is both unfiltered and unpasteurised. Although this is a strongly hopped beer, it is well-balanced in keeping with Belgian tradition. The bitterness is beautifully restrained, thanks in part to the use of an aromatic exotic hop variety...
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Maredsous Blond


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


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 monastic...
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Maredsous Tripel


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


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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Moinette Bio


In 1955 Sylva Rosier, the grandfather of current Dupont chief Olivier Dedeycker, launched a stronger version of the Saison Dupont and christened it Moinette. It is an artisan beer, brewed using the same ingredients as the well-known farm beer. However, owing to its higher strength the beer is brewed with a higher proportion of...
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OMER. Traditional Blond


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 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 hops and...
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Oude Gueuze Cuvée René


‘Pajottenland champagne’. That is the name given by lambic brewers to these spontaneously fermented – no yeast is added – lambic beers that are not dissimilar to wine. It is no coincidence that lambic brewers use champagne bottles for their Oude Gueuze. They collect the empty bottles from major restaurants and other venues where...
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The Palm Brewery was founded in 1929. Their amber beer is a ‘Spéciale Belge Ale’. This beer style was created early in the 20th century by Belgian brewers, to provide an alternative to the increasingly popular pils. This top-fermented beer, firmly anchored in the Belgian brewing tradition, was formulated as a response to the new...
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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


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. He also has had a coaching inn on the road between Mechelen and Gent, where the mail coaches used to stop for a break. In...
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Pax Pils


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 Cornelissen 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


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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Petrus Aged Pale


Petrus Aged Pale is the odd one out amongst foeder beers, which traditionally tend to take on a reddish or dark-brown colour in the glass. This beer, brewed using only pale malt, is generally considered one of the best wood-matured pale ales. Petrus Aged Pale had a markedly sharp, bone-dry, freshly sour taste....
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Petrus Aged Red


Petrus Aged Red is a unique dark fruit beer matured in oak foeders. Unlike a traditional kriek, this Morello cherry beer is not based on a spontaneously-fermented lambic beer. The brewer’s greatest challenge was to find the right balance between a fruit beer and a foeder beer. Petrus Aged Red is ruby-red in the...
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Petrus Blond


The Petrus family from Brouwerij De Brabandere unveils a world of aromas and flavours. Petrus Blond is a classic from a Petrus Tradition range that also includes the Dubbel and Tripel. The hop cones adorning the gold-coloured label tell the story of the beer inside. Three different aroma hop varieties contribute to the...
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Petrus Dubbel


The strong brown dubbel, a beer style that originated in abbey breweries, has evolved into a generic term. Call ‘Dubbel!’ across a café counter and, without exception, you will be served a quite strong, brown beer in which the malt flavours quickly gain the upper hand. The Petrus Dubbel fits this description to a...
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Petrus Rood Bruin


Petrus Rood Bruin (renamed from Petrus Oud Bruin) is a traditional Flemish red-brown beer, typical of the area surrounding Kortrijk and Roeselare. This beer, with its deep, dark red colour, matures for 18 months in oak foeders (giant wooden casks). Petrus Original, as Petrus Rood Bruin is sometimes called, has a slightly sour taste...
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Petrus Tripel


A tripel is a strong beer, usually a blonde, with a good balance between malt and hops in its taste. And a modern tripel is fruity and dry with plenty of carbon dioxide and a fine bitterness. Tripels are often dangerously quaffable. If you want to honour Belgian brewing traditions you must have...
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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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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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Quintine Blonde


In 2006, Brasserie Ellezelloise, in the village of the same name, merged with Brasserie des Géants from Ath and Brasserie des Légendes was born. Both breweries already had something in common in their love of the unique folklore in their native Hainaut. This brewery with its visitors’ centre is located in the beautiful Pays...
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Rebelse Strop


When, in the 16th century, the proud citizens of Ghent refused to bow their heads to the mighty Emperor Charles V, he decided to punish them for their stubbornness. He made them parade with a noose around their necks, hence the city’s inhabitants’ nickname, stroppendragers or ‘noose bearers’. This noose now takes pride...
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Rochefort 10


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


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


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 Alexander


Several types of beer, including lambic, pils and white beer, contain added fruit juices or syrup to make fruit beers. Rodenbach Alexander, a mixed fermentation beer, falls into an entirely different category as it is based on Rodenbach Grand Cru. This degustation beer contains 1/3 part young beer and 2/3 parts beer that...
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Rodenbach Classic


Flemish red-brown beers, Rodenbach Classic for example, were first brewed in the Middle Ages. In those days no hops were used to preserve beer. Lactic acid and acetic acid were used instead to prolong a beer’s storage period. This gave rise to the tradition of ‘soured beers’ that are made by ‘cutting’ (blending) a...
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Rodenbach Grand Cru


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


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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Saison Dupont


Saison Dupont is the ultimate reference beer for saisons from Hainaut. Thirty years ago, this farm beer from the western region appeared to be on the way out as sales and popularity declined. Today the saison has made an amazing come-back. Around 20 Belgian saisons are on the market, and this traditional beer style...
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Scotch de Silly


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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Silly Rouge


Brasserie de Silly’s Silly Rouge is a fully-fledged degustation beer brewed with the same brewery’s Scotch de Silly and natural cherry juices. The overriding impression is one of sweetness, picked up by the nose as well as the tongue. Hints of nuts, caramel, candy sugar and maple syrup are complemented by a touch...
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Sint-Gummarus Tripel


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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In the north of Belgium everyone knows what a Slurfke is: it is the beer that Eddy Van Noteghem, a main character in the wildly popular television series 'Thuis' ('Home'), is busy brewing with his friends. Now this fictitious beer has been created for and in the real world. The many fans of 'Thuis'...
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St. Bernardus Abt 12


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. Bernardus Prior 8


Between 1946 and 1992 the beers of the Sint-Sixtus abbey in Westvleteren were brewed by the St. Bernardus brewery. In 1992 production reverted to the abbey of Westvleteren. This means that the recipes for the St. Bernardus Prior 8, Pater 6 and Abt 12 go all the way back to 1946. And to this...
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St. Bernardus Tripel


Between 1946 and 1992 the Sint-Sixtus Westvleteren abbey beers were brewed by the Sint Bernardus brewery. When the monks of Westvleteren decided to start brewing their beers within the abbey walls again, Sint Bernardus were concerned about falling sales. This gave rise to the idea of producing a blond tripel to join the ranks...
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St-Feuillien Blonde


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-Feuillien Grand Cru


Wine lovers have known for a very long time that the Grand Cru label promises the very highest quality. This has inspired brewers to launch their own of range of special flagship beers that are just that little bit more full in the mouth, offering a richer and more complex taste. The St-Feuillien Grand...
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel


Straffe Hendrik heralded the era of strong degustation beers brewed by De Halve Maan in Bruges. It is the flagship beer produced by the oldest brewery in Bruges’ inner city, known for its Brugse Zot Blond and Donker (Dark). Straffe Hendrik is synonymous with living beers with a taste that evolves thanks to the...
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Straffe Hendrik Tripel


The launch of Straffe Hendrik – still the brewery’s flagship beer - heralded the era of strong degustation beers at De Halve Maan. Its brewer is the oldest in Bruges, based in its historic city centre, and also well known for its Brugse Zot Blond and Donker (dark). De Halve Maan has been brewing...
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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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The Wipers Times 14


Wipers Times 14 is the first beer from Brouwerij Kazematten. It gets its name from the famous ‘trench gazette’ written by British soldiers during the First World War. This small newspaper was an exceptional mix of jokes, black humour, sarcasm and poetry, and was very popular with British soldiers serving their country in the...
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Timmermans Kriek Lambicus


Timmermans, the oldest lambic brewery in the world still in operation, offers an amazing range of lambic beers enriched with the aromas and flavours of strawberry, raspberry, blackthorn, peach and krieken cherries. The lambic, which is quite sour by nature, is turned into a refreshingly fruity drink that is just perfect for when you...
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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche


As its name suggests, Timmermans Lambicus Blanche is a cross between a lambic and a white beer. This refreshingly sour thirst quencher is reminiscent of the traditional farm beers brewed in the valley of the river Senne and the Pajottenland region to the south-west of Brussels. Herbs and spices such as coriander and dried...
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Timmermans Oude Gueuze


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 XII


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 d’Anvers


In 2010 Antwerp brewery De Koninck launched its first real tripel, De Koninck Tripel 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 Tripel d’Anvers will amaze you with its rich, white, frothy collar. ...
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Tripel Kanunnik


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 brewed using barley, wheat, oats and rye as well as three herbs...
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Tripel Karmeliet


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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Tripel LeFort


The now defunct Brasserie Le Fort in Kortrijk made a name for itself with its strong beers. Tripel LeFort pays homage to that brewery that closed its doors in 1911, moving its production to the Omer Vander Ghinste brewery in nearby Bellegem. Part of the Omer Vander Ghinste range, Tripel LeFort is a strong...
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Val-Dieu Blonde


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


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 Cuvée 800


In 2016 the abbey of Val-Dieu, not far from the city of Liège, celebrated its 800th anniversary - 800 years young and still going strong. Among the celebrations was the launch of this light, refreshing blonde, Cuvée 800. This beer’s hoppy character comes from dry hopping, which also enhances its citrus notes. The Val-Dieu...
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Val-Dieu Grand Cru


The dark, full-bodied Val-Dieu Grand Cru is a powerful quadrupel with a lengthy finish, stronger than the same brewery’s tripel, which is usually blonde in colour. This beer delivers surprisingly complex flavours and aromas, many of them really mild and subtle, including a gentle orange perfume. Under a café crème coloured head, impressions of...
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Val-Dieu Triple


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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Valeir Extra


In 2007 Gavere was named at the top of the list of the Villages of the Tour for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders cycle race. Such an honour is a big taste of the spotlight for any community in this cycling-mad region. Brouwerij Contreras saw an ideal opportunity to honour...
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VanderGhinste Roodbruin


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


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 IPA


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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Vedett Extra White


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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Waterloo Cuvée Impériale


The words ‘cuvée’ and ‘impériale’ instantly take us to higher realms. We expect nothing less than a full-mouthed degustation beer, an all-conquering brew! On popping the cork powerful aromas of roast malt are set free. This ‘dark tripel’ owes its mild and subtle character to the cane sugar that is a powerful presence felt...
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Waterloo Récolte


Waterloo Récolte is a traditional Belgian farm beer, in the same family as saisons from Hainaut or the white beers of the Brabant region. All the ingredients can be sourced from the fertile fields around Waterloo and in the near future the hops for this beer will be harvested from the brewery’s own hop...
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Waterloo Strong Dark


Strong dark beers that fit into the dubbel category, like this Waterloo Strong Dark, are brewed using roast malts that give them their deep dark colour and create a head of froth that is reminiscent of café crème. A dubbel usually has quite a sweet taste but this degustation beer turns out to be...
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Waterloo Triple Blond


We Belgians are keen on our ‘tripels’. And we enjoy our strong blond beers. The use of the term ‘tripel/triple’ denotes beers with larger amounts of ingredients added to the mash, but over the years ‘tripel’ has turned into rather a generic term than a specific beer style. Waterloo Triple Blond is a testament...
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Waterloo Triple Hop


It’s all in the name. Waterloo Triple Hop, an amber-coloured beer, is brewed with three different kinds of hop: Magnum bitter and two aroma varieties, Cascade and Citra, that in the dry hopping give an additional aroma boost. This Belgian Triple Hop is the perfect addition to the range of Waterloo beers and joins...
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Westmalle Dubbel


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


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 (XII)


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, triggered and fueled a hype as...
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Westvleteren 8


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


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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Even in country that is as steeped in beer as Belgium is the Wieze brand is iconic. That’s in part down to the Wieze October festivals, inspired by the famous Munich beer fests, that were held for many years until 1987, winning a legendary reputation. However, the roots of Wieze beers go back much...
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Wilderen Goud


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


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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Wild Jo


Wild Jo marks a turning point for De Koninck: the brewers are swapping their familiar top-fermented beers for a tempestuous Belgian Wild Ale, re-fermented using wild yeasts (Brettanomyces). The result? Rock ’n roll in a bottle. The beer becomes even wilder and its flavour more and more intense. Thanks to the dry hopping with...
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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 and brands 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, beer 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 blonde 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!” we’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 harder 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 may 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!



Brussels Beer Challenge 2019, and the winners are...

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Brugge Tripel contributes to renovation of Burgundian chapel of worship

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Brewers of Europe Forum 2019: Craftsmanship on the old continent

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Brussels Beer Challenge 2018 - The results!

MECHELEN - The historic city of Mechelen, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, is truly a hidden gem. The presence of the Dukes of Burgundy, who ruled here in the late middle ages, still permeates the ancient city centr... [ more ]


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The Bertinchamps range includes the traditional trio of triple, blonde and brune. The beers are brewed with well water, malt from locally grown brewing barley, European hop varieti... [ more ]

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