by Nathan Hak Beer Journalist at Beerwulf.com
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Good news for fans of Belgian beer: Beerwulf is live in Belgium! This means we have massively expanded our range to include lots of new Belgian beers. Belgium is of course the beer country par excellence. They have always had a huge variety of beer styles and their beers inspire brewers in every corner of the globe. Belgian beer culture has deep roots and in 2016 was added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We’d like to highlight a few gems from our southern neighbours which are now available on Beerwulf.com.
The most well-loved Belgian beer style is the Tripel. It’s not surprising because this beer is flavourful, fruity and deeply enjoyable to drink. Tripels are also fairly accessible and therefore a good choice for almost every beer lover.
Malheur 10 is a textbook example of a brilliant Tripel: It has a full body, subtle fruity notes and a beautiful sweetness to balance it out.
The Straffe Hendrik from Bruges is another example of a classic, quality Belgian Tripel: rich and full in flavour with orange notes.
Want to try a really special Tripel? Taste the Vicaris Tripel/Gueuze, a Tripel mixed with tangy Geuze. An interesting combination!
Those who love Tripels and IPAs should try Troubadour Magma. This is another harmonious mix of two beer styles: the softness of a Tripel combined with the typical hoppy, fruitiness of an IPA. The aftertaste lingers and is suitably bitter.
For many beer lovers, trying a Belgian blond is something of a rite of passage into the world of craft beer. It’s also a great style for introducing beer drinkers who love their trusty pilsners to something a bit different. They’re accessible beers, light, with a bit more flavour than the average pilsner. Kwaremont is a good example of a flavourful, fruity and easy-drinking beer.
The Belgian certified Abbey blond by Val-Dieu is a good alternative for the die-hard pilsner drinker. It’s a smooth blond with a touch of fruit and a slightly bitter finish.
There are many beer styles that originated in Belgium, but the IPA is not one of them. Belgium is therefore not particularly known for its IPAs, though there are Belgian breweries that produce them. A good example is the Viven Imperial IPA. This brewer likes to explore other styles besides the typical Belgian beers. This strategy has proved very successful for them. Their IPA is an intense, hoppy beer with the usual copious amounts of citrus (grapefruit) and pine notes from the hops, which are nicely balanced with sweet malt and caramel notes.
Another example of a Belgian IPA is Delta by Brussels Beer Project, a fairly new brewery that loves to experiment. Delta is refreshing and packed with fruity aromas such as mango, peach and lychee.
Heavy and dark degustation beers
In Belgium, they really know how to make beers that are meant to be indulged in. In Flanders, they refer to it as degustation. Urthel Samaranth is a hardcore degustation beer: deep, amber-coloured with a delicious, sweet opening. There are noticeable notes of fruit, caramel and chocolate and a modest bitterness. Enjoy it very slowly.
Another typical degustation beer is Gulden Draak: bitter-sweet and full-bodied with aromas of toffee and dried fruit. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers in your mouth.
Strong, festive blond
Strong, blond beer is a typically Belgian invention. Duvel is seen as an icon of this style. Just like Tripels, they are flavourful and accessible but lighter in body, with a somewhat dry aftertaste and festive bubbles. The last aspect is what makes a blond a good beer to whip out if you have something to celebrate. Try pouring an Omer instead of champagne! It’s a sparkling beer with a well-rounded sweetness and a beautifully bitter finish.
The Grand Cru by St-Feuillien is another great alternative to champagne: a bubbly beer with a full body. Very elegant in flavour, with fruity notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste.