Beers of Belgium

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No beer range is complete without a solid selection of Belgians. It’s a country with a brewing pedigree against which few can compete, and is home to the majority of the world’s Trappist breweries. For the most part, the beer output of Belgium remains traditional in style, technique and approach (although a new wave of craft breweries are bucking the trend). Yet, the Belgian beer tradition developed without the strict beer purity laws present in neighbouring Germany, and as such they had at their disposal the use of fruit, wild fermentation, and all manner of other tools to explore a wide range of beers styles and flavours.

 

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No beer range is complete without a solid selection of Belgians. It’s a country with a brewing pedigree against which few can compete, and is home to the majority of the world’s Trappist breweries. For the most part, the beer output of Belgium remains traditional in style, technique and approach (although a new wave of craft breweries are bucking the trend). Yet, the Belgian beer tradition developed without the strict beer purity laws present in neighbouring Germany, and as such they had at their disposal the use of fruit, wild fermentation, and all manner of other tools to explore a much wider range of beers styles and flavours.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite Belgian beers for you to sample. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do…

Orval 6.2%

No Belgian Beer Collection would be complete without Orval, and it’s not hyperbole to suggest it’s one of the world’s most celebrated and respected beers. It’s a strong Belgian Blonde in style, and enjoys a delicate complexity boasted by few other beers. It manages to balance citrussy hops, with a tart finish owing to secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces in the bottle, all intermingled with notes of leather, spice, caramel and all manner of other flavours. A must try for any beer lover.

Mongozo Coconut 3.6%

This one’s a bit of a curve-ball, but it’s one of our favourites. It’s light, refreshing, and quite simply full of coconut!

Delirium Tremens 8.5%

One of the most famous Strong Belgian Blonde Ales. Delirium is lauded for it’s classic Belgian character of spicy yeast notes and bright citrussy finish. It’s perhaps most famous for it’s pink elephant motif, but don’t let that trick you into thinking this is a lesser beer. It’s a multiple award winning classic.

Delirium Red 8.0%

From the Trappist Brewery who gave you Delirium Tremens, this is a strong fruit ale of deep dark red colour, packed with cherries. The Belgians are known for their fruited ales, and this is ‘must try’. Makes for a great desert beer.

Timmermans Framboise (Raspberry) 4.0%

Belgium has a rich tradition of lambic brewing, which refers to the process by which beers is left to ferment spontaneously using wild yeast cultures naturally present in the environment. Here Timmermans, the world’s oldest Lambic brewery, blend Lambic beer with 100% natural raspberry, resulting in one of the region’s most popular fruit beers.

Oude Geuze Boon 2014/2015 7.0%

An epic beer to finish on. Oude Geuze Boon is, in their own words: “one of the finest examples of the traditional 100% spontaneous fermentation Lambic style. To moderate the sourness, Boon Brewery only brews Lambic in the 7 cold months, from early October until April, according to the traditional ‘Turbid mash’ system. This Lambic beer is aged for 1,2 or 3 years in oak casks. The blend, a mild average 18 months old Lambic is refermented in the bottle and can be stored for up to 20 years. Brewed since 1680 in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic it’s name.  A true ‘champagne’ of beers.

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