Belgian Beer

Affligem Dubbel

Affligem Dubbel: Belgian Dubbel, 6.8% (Brouwerij De Smedt)

Not very complex, but there is a bit of liquorice and dried fruits and a good balance between sweet and bitter. It’s very fizzy and not that heavy for a dark beer, which makes it quite drinkable. 7/10

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Baptist Blond

Baptist Blonde: Belgian Blonde Ale, 5.2% (Brouwerij Van Steenberge)

These lightweight ales just taste like a more full bodied version of lager. This one was on the bitter side. Pleasant, but unremarkable. 6/10

Fourchette Tripel

Fourchette: Belgian Tripel, 7.5% (Brouwerij Van Steenberge)

Tasted like a fruity wheat beer. Quite lemon-y and a bit dry. Not as citrussy as Hoegaarden, but more crisp and light than Erdinger. Really great, but with the caveat that this type of beer is my favourite kind. 9/10

Rochefort 10

Rochefort 10: Belgian Quadrupel, 11.3% (Brasserie de Rochefort)

First sip: This could be Tennent’s Extra. With bits floating in it. But then when I got used to it, it’s full of dark fruits, and very peppery. It’s like rum and raisins in a beer, and very lovely. Medium bodied, rich taste and highly carbonated. 9/10

Rodenbach Classic

Rodenbach: Belgian Red Ale, 5.2% (Brauerei Rodenbach)

Like a cross between a fruit beer and a light sparkling wine, it’s almost like drinking sour cherry sweets. The only disappointing thing is that it’s a bit thin and watery. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it. 8/10

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Antiek Super 5

Antiek Super 5 Blonde: Belgian Blonde Ale, 5% (Deca Brewery)

I can taste hay. Very hoppy and full bodied, but nothing standout. It’s also a bit sour for my tastes. 6/10

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Nunnebier

Poperings Nunnebier: Belgian Pale Ale, 7.2% (Brouwerij Verhaeghe)

Had a metallic taste when it was served cold. Very light, a bit lemon-ny, herbal, spicy and dry. It doesn’t have that much flavour for the abv. It was oddly better as it got close to room temperature, and tasted of peardrops for the last few sips. 7/10

Leffe Brune

Leffe Brune: Belgian Brown Ale, 6.5% (Anheuser-Busch)

Rich and malty, a bit of chocolate and on the sweet side. It’s one of our favourite dark beers, and became Richard’s go to beer in Belgium. 8/10

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Paix Dieu

Paix Dieu: Belgian Tripel, 10% (Brasserie Caulier)

Very cloudy (this bodes well for me,) and well balanced between sweet and bitter. It’s very full bodied, fruity and with lots of malt. It’s creamier and has more character than the other beers of this type that I tried. 9/10

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Kwak

Kwak: Belgian Ale, 8.4% (Brouwerij Bosteels)

It’s sweet and darkly fruity. It’s got an incredibly smooth finish and is heavy on cloves and brown sugar or honey. It’s amazing, and very different to any other beer I’ve had. 9.5/10

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Super Des Fagnes Blonde

Super Des Fagnes Blonde: Belgian Pale Ale, 7.5% (Brasserie Des Fagnes)

Quite herbal and floral. Refreshing. It’s very soft and light bodied, but with a bit of a soapy aftertaste. 6.5/10

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Maes

Maes: Belgian Pils, 5.2% (Brouwerijen Alken-Maes)

A dry and bitter lager. It’s crisp, clean and a bit grassy. Nothing interesting, but perfectly decent. 6/10

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Maredsous 10

Maredsous 10: Belgian Tripel, 10% (Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat)

A definite smell of cloves. Full flavoured, very yeasty, on the dry side. Caramel and malt, with a touch of citrus and with high carbonation – unusual for a medium dark beer. 8.5/10

Ciney Blonde

Ciney Blonde: Belgian Pale Ale, 7% (Demarche Brewery)

Light and tropically fruity, plus apples. Medium bodied and quite dry (in a dry cider way.) It’s very approachable and I’m very happy drinking it, but it’s nothing outstanding. 7/10

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Chimay Bleue

Chimay Bleue: Belgian Dark Ale, 9% (Abbaye de Scourmont)

Very complex, with lots of dark berries, dates and some chocolate. Medium bodied, well rounded and velvety. Goes down very well. 9/10

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Binchoise Brune

Binchoise Brune: Belgian Dubbel, 7.7% (Brasseries La Binchoise)

It has a very roasted malty taste. It’s on the sweet side, with toffee and caramel. Medium bodied and not as dry as most others of this type. 7.5/10

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Binchoise Blonde

Binchoise Blonde: Belgian Blonde Ale, 6.5% (Brasserie La Binchoise)

Very cloudy for a pale ale. It’s orange and vanilla-y, quite sweet. Pleasant and easy drinking. 7/10

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Blanche de Namur

Blanche de Namur: Belgian Witbier Blanche, 4.5% (Brasserie du Bocq)

Mellow and easy drinking. Not surprisingly, it lacks punch at this abv. It’s very floral. Tastes lightly of coriander and white bread. 7/10

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La Chouffe

La Chouffe: Belgian Pale Ale, 8% (Brasserie d’Achouffe)

Lots of yeast, and very highly carbonated. Quite citrussy (mostly orange,) with some coriander. Good balance between sweet and bitter, but not very complex. 7.5/10

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Lupulus Hopera

Lupulus Hopera: Belgian Pale Ale, 6% (Brasserie Lupulus)

It’s all in the name. This is overwhelmingly hoppy, and also quite floral. Although it was initially a nice change, it’s still a bit much. 6.5/10

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Silly Scotch

Silly Scotch: Belgian Scotch Ale, 8% (Brasserie de Silly)

Malt and toffee with stewed dark fruits. Not nearly as heavy as it looks. It’s got good sweetness and is very slightly herbal. 8/10

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Kasteel Donker

Kasteel Donker: Belgian Quadrupel, 11% (Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck)

Very milk chocolate-y, almost like very lightly spiced chocolate drink. Dark fruits and molasses, it is very heavy bodied and dense. Very much a sipper. It is sweet and rich, and could do with some bitterness to cut through it. It would be a good winter/Christmas beer. Hard to call really, it’s very good, but a bit OTT with it. 8/10

Floreffe Double

Floreffe Double: Belgian Dubbel, 6.3% (Brasserie Lefebvre)

Some oak here, with a bit of star anise. It’s brighter and lighter (almost watery) that most Dubbels. A hint of coffee. A bit unbalanced and the anise feels out of place. 6/10

Grimbergen Double

Grimbergen Double: Belgian Dubbel, 6.5% (Bouwerij Alken-Maes)

It’s a one dimensional Dubbel, with the usual dried fruit and malt flavours, with a fairly light body and on the sweet side. Perfectly acceptable, but offers nothing remarkable. 6.5/10

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