BELGIAN WHEAT BEER IS SMOOTH AND ZESTY. Belgian Beer and Food publisher and editor-in-chief Paul Walsh is from Ireland, but came to Belgium ten years ago to study philosophy at the historic Leuven university. Find out more about this beer: http://www.deranke.be/, [singlepic id=1307 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Dimitri Van Roy. These cookies do not store any personal information. [singlepic id=1311 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Yannick de Cocquéau, “Maeght van Gottem isn’t the most popular beer of Sint Canarus, but definitely the one you can’t miss. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Richard Taylor is a beer writer and blogger based in Edinburgh, and has been writing about beer since starting the BeerCast website in mid-2007. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. “I get great satisfaction when I see people enjoying beer. Belgian Wheat, Alaskan IPA, Alaskan Amber Ale Great Summer Brews = Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale. He has won 13 awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. Randy Mosher is a writer, creative consultant, designer and educator specialising in beer. He’s been at it for more than 25 years and is credited for having introduced the concept of gypsy brewing to western Europe. Author of five beer-related books including Tasting Beer, he also teaches at the Siebel Institute. The perfect meeting of brewing and context. “Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze is the beer that really turned me on to lambics and sour beers. [singlepic id=1328 w= h= float=none] Photo by Tom / CCBY // Chosen by Boak and Bailey. Under the brandname ’Valeir’, Frederik created a new range of beers and revitalised the brewery. The role model of all Belgian wheat beers, Hoegaarden named after a small town east of Leuven is light and extremely refreshing, despite its cloudy appearance. Due to its more moderate sweetness compared with other Belgian blondes and a kind of infection from wild yeasts, this blonde associates more with lambics and sour beers. “Some beers change over time, others before your very eyes. Luckily we have brewers today who know what to do with half-wild yeast, or else do an excellent job of convincing us that they know. Belgian white beer, sometimes called witbier or biere blanche, is a drink popular in summer for its slightly honeyed taste and high carbonation levels. Jay Brooks has been writing about beer for 24 years, and currently writes a syndicated newspaper column, “Brooks on Beer”, and contributes to most major beer periodicals. Made using a wheat beer base fused with the juice from griottes cherries, this beer is delicious served chilled. It’s not like they drink a lot of beer. Charles D. “Chuck” Cook is a writer and photographer who has travelled to Belgium 29 times since 1994 to explore, experience, and enjoy Belgian beers and Belgium’s beer culture. And so they crafted their own beer. Alcohol warmth offsets a floral dryness that fades to a smooth, gently sweet finish. Jean-Pierre Van Roy missed Spéciale Aerts, the beer he used to drink in Brussels cafés with his friends when he was young. Beside that he’s a qualified beer sommelier, hobby brewer and active member of Zythos vzw. “Are you sure that’s a beer? Its assertive, yet balanced hop character makes it the perfect thirst quencher anytime of year. Moderately sweet and bitter, it’s almost like there are little bits of fruit in there. Espen Smith is a Norwegian beer critic, well known in Norway from television, talk radio, newspapers and magazines where he gives his open opinions on the newest trends in food, beer and liquor. Sometimes they would have been weird in the not-nice way. In May 2015 H.M. King Philip of Belgium will grant him the distinction Knight of the Order of the Crown (Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Couronne). Magma is a massive exception, displaying all the mouth-watering juicy new-world fruit of a modern IPA with the warmth and nuance of classic Belgian strong ale. The beer will be restored to its original home in Bruges in 2015 when a new brewery opens there.”. As well as this, he now works for Brewdog, where he writes everything from magazines to beermats (beermats are harder). Belgian wheat beer inspired shortbread? Today, wort is produced to Oud Beersel specification and the Beersel brewery transfers it to oak and ferments. We asked them all one question: “Which one Belgian beer would you recommend people try?”. But what about real life recommendations? Find out more about this beer: http://users.telenet.be/denhopperd/, [singlepic id=1299 w= h= float=none] Photo by Adams K. / CCBY // Chosen by Stan Hieronymus. There are always exception to even the most powerful rules. Bitter before bitterness was trendy. At 6.5% it is an elegant yet complex beer, variously reminding you of every ingredient yet beautifully melded. Find out more about this beer: http://www.liefmans.be/en, [singlepic id=1296 w= h= float=none] Photo by Visit Flanders / CCBY // Chosen by Jef Van Den Steen. Gose, Berliner weisse, American pales, Belgian wits, and Hefeweizen all fall into this category, along with many, many, many more. Erik Verdonck is content manager for www.beertourism.com and managing partner of The Belgian Beer Company. It is brewed from equal parts of wheat and malted barley and is the ideal drink for a hot summers day. This fantastic beer is the legacy of a great brewer, Père Theodore, who selected the yeast strains for the beer with monastic patience, back in 1966. Find out more about this beer: http://www.chimay.com, [singlepic id=1301 w= h= float=none] Photo by Nokton / CCBY // Chosen by Adrian Tierney-Jones, “Trappist beer is collaboration brewing lifted to another level, a link between the sacred world of the Cistercian monastery and the profane practice of the brewer. He has yet to refuse a beer. Colorado- Witbier- 5. “The Belgians are famed for many things including beer and cycling. Find out more about this beer: http://www.brouwerijdebrabandere.be/, [singlepic id=1298 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Marc Mertens, “This blonde tripel beer is 100% organic, like all the beers of the Den Hopperd brewery. He is the editor of 1001 Beers to Taste Before You Die and author of several other books including Great British Pubs. Its rich, deep brown colour and multi-faceted aroma evoking rich red wine, bonfire toffee, almond and smoke are mysteries waiting to be solved by those who can wait. Roger Protz is one of the world’s leading beer writers, historians, lecturers and tasters. © Belgian Smaak 2020. Dimitri Van Roy qualified as a Beer Connoisseur from the Syntra school in Brussels and as Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server in 2014. Which Belgian beers would you recommend people try? The label just might be from a bottle of wine. Belgian Wheat This beer is fashioned after the Belgian 'Wit" or White beers, so named for the protein haze in the beer that comes from using unmalted wheat . Find out more about this beer: http://www.brouwerijderyck.be/, [singlepic id=1303 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Espen Smith, “This beer is grain yellow and foggy with a rich foam. “If you are searching for the wonderful dark ales of Belgium – apart from the Trappist beers – your path should lead you to the cosy town of Mechelen. Westmalle Tripel is the mother of all tripels – a world classic!”. Another one please!”. https://brasseriedebastogne.wordpress.com/, http://www.degarre.be/nl/tripel-van-de-garre. The beer is the masterpiece of Rosa Merckx, the first female brewmaster of Belgium. He turns his love for beer into words on his blog Belgianbeergeek.be. “This beer absolutely blew me away when I first tried it last year. Perfect, isn’t it?”. Filter by Belgian Beer (9) Filter by Fruit Beer (2) 11 Brands. Find out more about this beer: http://vicaris.be/online/, [singlepic id=1313 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Sophie Atherton, “Until I tried Mort Subite Oude Kriek, from De Keersmaeker brewery, I was labouring under the misconception that all kriek was sickly sweet synthetic-tasting faux cherry ick. It was brewed first in 1988 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brussels Gueuze Museum. A beer drinker for more than 25 years and a journalist for 15 she writes, broadcasts, speaks and trains people in all things beer-related. Belgian wheat beer is Pierre Celis, who brought the style of beer back from near extinction. Now ninety years old, she still lives next to the brewery, where she checks the beer at least once a week. Mort Subite is a fantastic example. But if you want to drink a couple with your friends and not think too much about it, it works great too. Belgian wheat beers are different beasts from British wheat beers. Belgian Wheat BREWERY & ORIGIN: Blue Moon Brewing Co. Belgian Wheat Beer Bearnaise = Posted on February 1, 2012 by The Beeroness Ale Steamed Salmon This gallery contains 4 photos. Tim is Managing Editor at Cogan & Mater Ltd & www.booksaboutbeer.com. He also writes for All About Beer (USA), Beer, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Weekend Telegraph amongst other. David Le Roy is the vice-chairperson of the BLES beer club in Zottegem and a teacher of general beer knowledge at CVO Pantha Rhei in Merelbeke. Belgian wheat beer flavoured with real strawberry juice Coors Blue Moon American imported craft wheat beer Cask beers Brewery Name ABV. From: Brussels, Belgium Style: Belgian Pale Ale ABV: 4.5% Joshua M. Bernstein says: When you think of Belgian beer, puckering gueuzes, potent tripels and rich dubbels typically come to mind. He has visited over 150 breweries and 350 beer cafes in “The Beer Country.” Chuck has written for USA Today, All About Beer Magazine, Belgian Beer & Food Magazine, Celebrator Beer News, and many other publications. He lives in Brussels, whenever he manages to get home. Father of the emerging Italian Craft Beer Renaissance, he is called ‘The Prince of Pajottenland’ for his hard fighting work to promote and support Belgian beers, in particular traditional lambic & gueuze. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. This beer is vinous, sweet and sour, with a slight vinegar touch. We contacted a wide range of beer experts—sommeliers and cicerones, brewers and judges, bloggers and journalists—to compile a list of Belgian beer recommendations. Worldwide Shipping - 100% Secure Checkout Certified. “Meeting a lovely girl and becoming the brewer in her father’s brewery – that’s the story of Frederik De Vrieze. He’s grew up with Belgian beers but loves to expand his horizons to wherever good beer comes from. Bold yet accessible; strong without being heavy: a real beer for all seasons. It’s deep amber-orange and safe in its chalice-like glass (all the better to toast one’s good fortune with), with an earthy, peppery nose underpinned by rich orange peel notes, a creamy, hop-enveloping, orange-skin, earthy mouth-feel with snappy carbonation and flurries of sour and citrusy notes, followed by a bitter spicy finish. 37 Belgian Beers Not to Miss | Recommended by Beer Experts. This beer is living proof that the notion sour and bitter can’t be combined is utter nonsense.”. Seeds on the stem So this gardening thing, it’s an ongoing experiment. In the flavour you also get hints of raisins and red apples. And so the history of the Contreras brewery in the small village of Gavere took a new turn. Originally brewed in monasteries, the drink is usually spiced with various flavorings. These are often so iconic; they have become synonymous with Belgian beer as a whole. A local brewer, Brian Hunt, first told me about this beer, and he’d … Find out more about this beer: http://www.contreras.be/, [singlepic id=1318 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Zak Avery. As seen in the famous lambics of Belgium, fruit beers are nothing new, though they … Belgian Wheat Beer As the weather gets warmer, (hopefully), why not try the Belgian wheat beer Hoegarden? He has collaborated with numerous Belgian magazines. So which Belgian beers are worth checking out? Belgian wheat beer, Allagash White is unique and truly refreshing. It may sound like a car crash but these flavours are in total harmony, making it one of the best modern interpretations of a classic Belgian style and one that’s easy to get hold of too.”. Carsten Berthelsen has been an author, broadcaster and professional beer writer for more than 25 years in Denmark. Belgian Wheat Bier * Stump Knocker - American Pale Ale * Midnight Oil - Oatmeal Coffee Stout * Big Nose - American. “In 1934, as they finished their – at that time – new brewery, the Westmalle Abbey launched a ‘superbeer’, a blond top-fermented beer of 9.5 % ABV which would soon be renamed Westmalle Tripel. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. The beer covers a lot of bases. Luc De Raedemaeker is the director of the Brussels Beer Challenge, chief editor of Bier Grand Cru and the Beer Link (China) and Doemens Diplom-Biersommelier. He sees it as his mission to give Belgian beers the recognition they deserve. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. “This beer does not come from an old recipe – it was conceived in 1999 to celebrate the opening of the remodeled ‘In de Vrede’ café across from the abbey – and it is not the one people buy on the beer black market or travel halfway around the globe to drink in the café. Fresh ingredients bring out the best flavor in craft brewed beer! And you can’t hold a nation’s beer in higher esteem than that.”. He specialises in beer styles, recipe optimalisation and hosting beer & food workshops. The third and final fermentation stage uses wild yeasts that convert the remaining sugars into carbon dioxide, giving the beer its dry character. Classic Belgian beers are very balanced and complex, and Westmalle Tripel is a perfect example of this. Brouwerij Dilewyns, headed by the Dilewyns sisters Anne-Catherine (brewer) & Claire (business), is certainly making a statement with a new state of the art brewery and an increasing international reputation. Author of Let Me Tell You About Beer, Melissa Cole is living the beer dream. It’s a complex but balanced beer, the refined sourness countered with some caramel sweetness. The history of wheat beers is curious: in the late 1950s, they were so unpopular that they faced extinction, but within twenty years they had been taken u… If you’re looking for sophistication, there’s plenty in here – light lemon and grapefruit and a long dry aftertaste. (In fact, there are some today that are like that.) There, the lactic acid bacteria form the typical sour taste and character during a long maturation of up to 8 months. 4% ABV. The Beer Store will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Jef Van Den Steen is one of the most experienced beer connoisseurs in Belgium as well as a brewer at Brouwerij De Glazen Toren. This beer is a bargain when compared with Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen.”. Canadian Derek Walsh is a part-time brewery consultant, trainer of beer sommeliers and BJCP/BKG certified international beer judge. Find out more about this beer: http://www.st-feuillien.com/, [singlepic id=1293 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Roger Protz, “Wonderfully rich and complex beer, a blend of dark ale and Timmermans’ lambic, with an acidic note from the lambic cutting the dark roasted grains and spicy hops of the ale. Many would argue that it’s the best country in the world for beer. He is an active partner in two Chicago-area breweries: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and Forbidden Root Botanic Beers. I use WLP530 for my Belgian Wheat and then recapture for the Belgian Triples and Saisons. Tart, dry and fruity it pairs devilishly well with pulled pork or suckling pig.”. So, it’s a goal of mine to try to find for non-beer drinking friends and strangers I meet, a beer that they will enjoy. The St. Feuillien Blonde reflects the joyfully understated gastronomy of its Wallonian homeland. Don’t call it a dubbel, Anne-Catherine calls it a dark triple. Find out more about this beer: http://www.oudbeersel.com/en/, [singlepic id=1317 w= h= float=none] Chosen by David Le Roy. They were awarded the title of Beer Writers of the Year from the British Guild of Beer Writers in 2014. Belgian wheat beers Fish German lagers; light bitters; Belgian wheat beers. Russell Erskine started as an Assistant Brewer with Brewdog at Fraserburgh in September 2011, having had no previous brewing experience or qualifications. It’s not as big a flavour as Duvel, it’s not as aromatic as a tripel, but it is an excellent beer to pass the time with friends in Brussels, before getting on the Eurostar, which is when I enjoy it most.”. It’s a perfect provision beer that works brilliantly with blue cheese.”. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. There’s a rich and well balanced mouthfeel, with fruity sweetness topped with dry hops spiciness, and green citrus finish.It’s one of my favorite Belgian blonde beers. “The Surfine brand, having been created in 1933, is older even than the brewery’s iconic Bush Amber. Beer in Belgium varies from pale lager to amber ales, lambic beers, Flemish red ales, sour brown ales, strong ales and stouts.In 2018, there were approximately 304 active breweries in Belgium, including international companies, such as AB InBev, and traditional breweries including Trappist monasteries. Crisp, and refreshing with a subtle citrus sweetness. And their beer? This style is distinctly Belgian in origin and has seen resurgence in recent … Belgian beer varies from the popular pale lager to the esoteric appeal of lambic beer and Flemish red. Het Bier en de Monniken”, “Abdijbieren, Geestrijk Erfgoed”, “Geuze en Kriek, de Champagne onder de Bieren” and ”De Smaak van Bier”. Wouldn’t that be a list of recommendations worth seeing? 11. The interpretation of the style made by Het Anker is not even close to the sour beers of ancient times. With its aromatic hoppy nose, wheat accents and crisp, refreshing taste it not only smells and tastes good, but it also looks good: in the bottle thanks to the fabulous emblematic artwork and in your glass because of that big, white creamy head over a pale, golden and hazy beer. You get the impression that the guys who made it don’t care too much about what’s hot, or even about whether their beer sells that much. It’s a bitter sweet beer, which should persuade even the most ardent couch potato to get on their bike, because at the end of the ride is the promise of this fabulous beer.”. At times, it undercuts its original Belgian or German recipe and becomes a, no pun intended, pale version of a better beer. “A whole new wave of craft brewers have begun to make their mark on the brewing scene in Belgium. Chimay Triple now comes in a magnificent Magnum bottle under the name ‘Cinq Cents’.”. It is slightly peppery, sometimes (but not always) has a subtle whiff of banana, with a sherbet fizz. Here’s what the experts said (in no particular order). Find out more about this beer: http://www.duvel.com/, [singlepic id=1324 w= h= float=none] Chosen by Erik Verdonck. It was, and remains, the best beer I have ever tasted. If you are in Belgium on a Sunday, you should be sitting in the cafe at the brewery with an Arabier in your hand.”. “XX Bitter is an early example of how you can use hops to give a beer character, without making it harsh or difficult to drink. He writes for beer magazines such as De Zytholoog, Bier Passie Magazine and Smaak and has authored books including “Lambi(e)k en Geuze”, “Trappist. 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