4. Red beer: the colour of love
You can show your love with red roses, but if they’re not your thing, luckily, you can do it with beer, too. With Red My Lips from Brussels Beer Project, for example, an amber-coloured Session IPA. The beer is hoppy, fruity and bitter, without being too heavy.
Or, demonstrate your desire with RED from First Chop, an amber (or dark red) coloured beer with a good balance of fruity, spicy notes from the hops and toasted malts.
5. Beers of a feather flock together
Fuut-Fieuw (the Dutch version of a wolf whistle, or “twit-twoo!”) might not seem a particularly romantic name, but it is in fact the epitome of eternal fidelity. After the mating dance, the female “Fuut” (also known as the Grebe, a freshwater diving bird) gives the male a water plant as a thank-you, which seals the marriage between the two birds for life. This beer from Bird Brewery is also a thing of natural beauty: light-footed with a low alcohol content, and fruity from the hops with a nice bitter aftertaste.
Most owls are also loyal to each other, choosing to mate for life. Show your commitment to a loved one with Miss Hooter from Het Uiltje (which translates as “the owl”). The hearts on the bottle radiate a lot of love, while the beer itself is fruity, bitter and lower in alcohol, with a lot of taste mainly coming from the hops.
Avoid soppy clichés
Love and madness are often intertwined as themes in literature, art and music - take Crazy Love by Van Morrison, for instance, which is possibly one of the most romantic songs ever. Some of these brewers were seemingly inspired by this fact.
Take Brin de Folie from Brasserie De Sutter from France, for example. Brin de Folie means "a touch of madness". It’s a pleasant blond beer: slightly spicy and soft with a hint of honey.
Or, try Lellebel from De Eeuwige Jeugd. Lellebel is a Dutch word meaning "A fun-loving, hedonistic girl who will keep her impetuous youth forever," says the brewer. The beer is loved by many: light in colour, not too extreme, but tasty with aromas of tropical and citrus fruit.
The most out-there name comes from Frankendael: T.I.T.S. The picture on the label conjures up the image you probably thought of first, but T.I.T.S. officially stands for “Three Idiots Tripel Spiced”. This firm triple is brewed with coriander, orange peel and Sichuan pepper, which is not really a pepper, but more a herb that gives extra citrus flavours to this fruity, spicy beer.