Bink Blonde from the Bink Brewery in Kerkom is a classic and very refreshing Belgian Blonde. A Beer well worth looking out for.
Troubadour Imperial Stout ist a nice drink - but not a classical Imperial Stout. Instead, it's a good Belgian variation on the theme.
The Brewery calls its Kasteel Cuvee du Chateau a Grand Cru. Compared to Rochefort 10 or St Bernardus 12 this seems exaggerated.
Waterloo Strong Dark is more than a brave attempt at a good beer and worth the effort; drink it on the battlefield if you can.
The classic Rodenbach is a pleasant refreshing red ale. But once you're into the style, you'll take a Grand Cru every time.
Vicaris Tripel Gueuze is a mix of Vicaris Tripel and Gueuze. Is the beer proof of Aristotle's theory that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts?
Brugse Babbelaar Blonde got its name from the tongue-loosening qualities of alcohol. How does the Blonde with the Big Mouth on the label hold up in taste?
Stouterik from the small Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels is a very smooth drink and an excellent example of its style, the Irish Dry Stout.
Do you know Bertie Bassett, the mascot of Liquorice Allsorts? Well, Gouden Carolus Christmas might be just the right Belgian Beer for him. For you too?
Named after one of the most famous carlos, Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is an interesting Christmas Beer from the Dolle Brouwers.
If you've already got into Oud Bruin you can't fail to enjoy this excellent beer. Petrus Aged Pale also has a very special story to tell.
This is a beer that lives up to it's name: De Dolle Dulle Teve is, in fact, a mad bitch of a beer. In other words: A great Belgian Triple.
Liefmans Goudenband is a classic example of its type: Dont hesitate to buy it. Better still, buy a few & drink one every year to see how it improves.
St Feuillien must be one of the most authentic Abbey Beers, as the brewery is situated only a few hundred metres away from the site of the original abbey.
Hapkin Strong Pale Ale got its name from a Duke of Flanders from the 12th Century. It's a very good strong pale ale & a much better companion than the Duke.
The Brewery claims that Val Dieu provides 'the only true Belgian Abbey beer'. We thought Val Dieu Tripel is excellent, a close follower to Karmeliet Tripel.
Don't let the name Silly confuse you; it has nothing to do with the adjective. In fact, nothing about this tripel from the Silly brewery is, well, silly.
Young female entrepreneurs don't have it easy and starting a new brewery in Belgium at the age of 25 is a daunting task. Not so for Anne-Catherine Dilewyns.
Brasserie Caracole near Dinant still use the traditional copper kettle and wood fire. How does their Caracole Ambree hold up against other strong pale ales?
How do you classify Achel Blonde: Trappist? Tripel? Strong Pale Ale? One thing is for sure: Our expert will from now on keep a place for it in his cupboard.
There aren't too many non Trappist beers that find themselves a regular place in my beer store. One is Moinette blonde; how will the Brune sibling hold up?
Nat & Straf (wet and strong) the label proudly proclaims. All beers are wet - but not all are strong! This is a good dark ale from the "Mad Brewers" brewery
The De Ranke XX Bitter has put the young Belgian De Ranke brewery on the map. The taste of this Pale Ale is, as you would expect, bitter but not coarse.
Legend has it that Buffalo 1907 was created - by mistake - after a Wild West show of legendary Buffalo Bill. True or not, this is a drinkable dark beer.
The crowdfunding of the Brussels Beer Project might just be the next best thing to free beer. Their Delta brew is a very good and truly enjoyable IPA.
De Ryck Special is an authentic Belgian amber coloured ale without extra flavourings. In 2006 and 2008 it was awarded a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup.
The Adelardus Tripel from the Bink brewery in Kerkom is a fine beer; a bit different to the normal tripel style, but very drinkable. Worth giving it a try!
Oud Bruin (Old Brown), also known as Flanders Brown, is a traditional style originating from the Flemish region. The beers are light to medium-bodied.
How about a Gauloise blonde? No, not the French cigarette introduced in the 1980's to try and stave off American competition but rather a Belgian beer.
Cuvee Rene is a classic old gueuze, voted the world's best at the World Beer Awards back in 2013. It is a blend of one third at least two year old lambic.
Following on from Hell last week, I thought I'd try the opposite direction! What better, then, than Petrus beer; the label has the words 'key to heaven' ...
Inferno, another word for Hell; a good name for a beer? Perhaps as an adjective; hellish good or if you're American, Hell Good. I'll stick with Dante's ...
Q: What connects the first European king to go on a crusade, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and a well known Belgian beer? A: The golden dragon of Ghent.
With 11.3% alc. Vol, Rochefort 10 is the strongest of the Trappist quads and some would also say that it is best. So why haven't I reviewed it until now?
A month ago I tried Blanche de Namur from the Bocq brewery. That won a justified World Beer Award in 2012; a year later Bocq Saison 1858 was also crowned...
Mort Subite (sudden death) owes its name to the famous bar near to the law courts in Brussels. As the story goes the lawyers and clerks who frequented the..
I imagine the gnomes of Achouffe don't mind winter too much; if they get fed up withLa Chouffe or its bitter brother, Houblon, they can warm themselves ...
If you google Blanche de Namur, the wheat beer brewed by Bocq comes up. But Blanche is not just a beer; she was a princess, daughter of the Count of Namur..
I imagined this beer from the Brasserie à Vapeur could be just the thing for Miss Piggy. The aroma is reminiscent of her; at first sweet with summer fruit..
Belgian Castle; no, not a drinkable lager like the South African big-seller Castle (that would be Jupiler), but a typical Belgian bottled beer. The castle..
The devil crops up fairly often amongst Belgian beer names, but with the exception of Duvel, I haven't been unduly tempted. So let's give Satan Red a try.
First there was Chimay Red, then shortly afterwards Blue; it took 18 more years for the white to come along. With 8 % it sits nicely between its siblings.
Most people assume La Trappe Trappist beers are Belgian. In fact, the beers - including the dubbel here - are brewed at the monastery in the Netherlands.
The Christmas period is great for beer lovers; lots of seasonal bottled joy. I had been looking forward to trying the Kerst Pater - but I was disappointed.
Urthel Hop It - ist it a Belgian or a Dutch beer; an Indian Pale Ale or a Strong Pale Ale? You can find all of these descriptions relating to this beer.
Giants? I mean the brewers; ABInev and Heineken, the world's biggest and third biggest, respectively. I decided to pitch Affligem against Leffe Blonde.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Gulden Draak the brewery decided to create a new quad(ruple) version to stand alongside the tripel: Gulden Draak 9000.
What do you do if you graduate from the best brewing school in Flanders and dont have a job? Join forces with three friends and start the Musketeers Brewery
Brasserie des Fagnes brews over 50 different seasonal beers each year. Only the four varieties of Super des Fanges are available outside of the brewery.
The names Kalle and Manten belong to the figures in the Unesco listed bell tower of Kortrijk. Both names have also been adopted for Gulden Spoor beers.
Named after the gold coins from the time of Charles V, the Gouden Carolus Classic, brewed in the then capital town of Mechelen had to be something special.
It has become increasingly apparent to me that in the quest for untasted Belgian beers I often fall into the label trap. Such was the case with Cuvee Trolls
When buying Fort Lapin 10, I guess I was influenced by the ''Playboy'' ears. Lapin is French for rabbit and fort means strong; so a strong bunny beer?
Many breweries augment their income by brewing contract beers; a good thing for innovative brewers and for us, because it brings us beer like Modeste Tripel
Hercule Stout and Quintine both lived up to the brewery's name as far as the legend part was concerned. Here's another from Brasserie des Legendes: Urchon.
The city centre of Brussels is full with touristy beer shops. If you want to buy your brew off the beaten track, the Malting Pot is one of your best options.
On some Beers, the Brasserie de la Senne cooperates with other pioneering microbrewers. One such beer is Black in Japan, a black IPA - Brussels meets Tokyo.
More than 20 years shelf life for a beer that is an ideal refresher on a hot day? Of course, you don't have to wait that long for A l'Ancienne Oude Geuze.
The Saint Feuillien Grand Cru stands on its own; unlike the St Feuillien abbey beers (Blonde, Brune,Tripel, Cuvee de Noel) spices are not added to the brew.
Two facts: Chimay blue is one of my favourite beers - and a dubbel is not what I would grab first from the shelf. So, where do I stand with the Chimay red?
My expectations were very high when I took the unlabelled bottle of the famous Westvleteren 12 in my hand, opened it and started to pour it into the glass.
I was recently given a bottle of Westvleteren 12; a big hype surrounds it as it's often called ''world's best beer''. Is St Bernardus 12 a worthy substitue?
The Latin phrase Mea culpa (''through my fault") is an important part of the prayer of confession. One could say it is also a pretty good name for a beer.
Wolf 9 is a good name for a beer; known in Latin as Canis Lupus (wild dog) it can team up nicely with hops, the botanical name for it being humulus lupulus.
The Brasserie des Legendes came about in 2006 following the merger of two small local breweries; Goliath and Quintine. Today I'll try their Quintine Blonde.
In 2001 the owners of an ostrich farm in Lo-Reninge decided to start offering their holiday guests distinctive regional beers. One of the results: Pannepeut
Emperor Charles Quint, born in Gent in 1500 was not only a very important man (he became King of Spain and Holy Roman Empero) but also a big beer drinker.
Bruges' mayor asked the Halve Maan brewery to brew a beer for the inauguration of a statue of St. Arnold. They called it Hendrik after the brewery's founder
St Bernardus Wit would bring a smile to any wheat beer drinker. In my opinion it ranks alongside the likes of Weihenstephan, although the type is different.
The town of Poperinge is the capital of the hop growing region; the hops are known locally as Hommel. Confusingly, it also means bumble bee in Flemish.
I should've had Rochefort 6 at Easter; a good alternative to hot cross buns and a religious connection, being brewed at the Notre Dame de St-Remy monastery.
If I had to give a prize for packaging a beer it would go to Delirium for the wonderful pink elephant and ceramic looking bottle. But is the beer good, too?
Trappist beer excluded, the chances that one finds world class on a store shelf are low. Like Duivels, however, many are good representatives of their style
Like most people I have my rules; for example, I try not to drink beer before there is a twelve in the time. Another one I had to break: no beer with cake.
Open your eyes on a walk through Brussels and you'll frequently see the famous Kwak beer, originally brewed in 1791 and named after its creator Pauwel Kwak.
I must admit it was the label or, more to the point, the caricature of la Botteresse which caught my eye on the beer shop shelf. So what about the beer?
The day after renewing my acquaintance with Grimbergen dubbel I happened across something special with the name of Klobuk, an inspiring Polish brown beer.
The Lefebvre brewery website informs us that for their beer, Hopus, it took two years of research to settle on five hop varieties from the best regions.
Fast food restaurants - even "quality" ones - are not the best places to find a range of beers. My choice was between Carlsberg or Ramee Ambree tripel.
The best thing about Belgium supermarkets is that they have a reasonable selection of belgium beer at very reasonable prices. Just like Ename Tripel.
It's my wedding anniversary in a few days so could a beer with the name Mariage Parfait (perfect marriage) be a good alternative to champagne to celebrate?
The story behind Brugse Zot dates back to 1486. Back then the relationship between the ruling Maximilian of Austria and the town of Bruges was not too good.
Yes, I know what you are going to say: Chocolate Beer is no proper Beer. But after tasting Floris Chocolate I will say that: It tastes good nonetheless.
A tiny shield on the bottle label states that this week's beer, Affligem Tripel, won the Beer World Cup in 2008, beating no less than 41 other contestants.
There are many places in Brussels you could justifiably call a Temple of Beers - many brasseries are worthy of that title, as well as shops like Beer Mania.
The picture on the bottle is unmistakably that of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's famous private detective. Strange for a label; but the beer is a classic
Hops and Mechelen's traditional figure 'Opsinjoorke come together to give the name Hopsinjoor. A statue of Opsinjoorke stands in front of Mechelen town hall
If it wasn’t for the 8,4% alc vol, this week's beer, Tripel Karmeliet could be a liquid substitute for breakfast; cereals followed by toast and marmelade.
Last week I was in Norway; not a country one immmediately relates to beer and not a beer drinker's paradise if you're income is in Euros, Pounds, Dollars.
Tucked away in a side street in the city centre, Beer Planet will supply you with all the Belgian Beer you need. Go here to find some rare bottles.
Today's beer isn't a Westvleteren, the only ones I could find were 20 Euros! I've allowed history to guide me a few miles down the road to the Watou village
After more than 40 years of drinking beer I tried my first oud geuze this week. and the impression was very pleasurable. But was it worth waiting that long?
When asked to think of San Bernardinos, the first thing that comes to mind is a dog with a barrel around its neck. Unless you've just had a Bon Secours beer
Rochefort 8. Is it better than Chimay blue? That's the big question. They are both the same general category but you couldn't mistake one for the other.
What's more than double, less than quadruple, but not triple? Belgium strong dark ale. Compared with dubbel, higher alcohol content & more fruity impression
Remember the Schneider Weisse "Unser Aventinus" wheat beer from christmas? I suggested then that a worthy sparring partner might be a Hoegaarden Grand Cru.
I guess if you like exceptional beer and a quiet life (lots of silent spells for contemplation), becoming a Trappist monk would not be such a bad idea.
Some like it bitter - the little fellow tending his hops on the label of Houblon Chouffe certainly does. The beer is a cross between an IPA and a tripel.
Grand Cru is a term most associate with wine. In this case it refers to the 2 year aging in large oak vats and blending of a beer: Rodenbacher Grand Cru.
With the arty label (after Rubens), De Verboden Vrucht was banned in America because of the portrayed nudity! But this beer should in no way be forbidden.
It’s a mark of the Lucifer beer’s character that it’s still around today. Brewed until 2008 by the Liefman brewery, it looked to be a thing of the past.
I love wheat beer, especially from Bavaria. So I didn’t think twice when I looked at the array of pumps on the bar and decided to order a large Vedett.
Where I am it’s snowing. To celebrate I’ve opened the second bottle of Tap 6 Schneider Weisse. Maybe it’s the snow - but the impression seems sweeter now.
My last beer in Belgium before Christmas was a Leffe blonde - or was it brune? I had both in the lounge at Brussels airport. What else would be on offer!?
How does Chimay Blue fare against Guiness Special Export? A world class contest between two heavyweight champions! Over how many rounds I can’t say ...