Beers & Ales

A Brief History

Beer has been brewed in Belgium since the days of the Roman conquest. The eleventh century monks brewed some of the first wholesome beers in Belgium applying wine making techniques from France. By the sixteenth century Belgium was the most influential area of Europe for brewing beer, with more than a fourth of all grains being used for that purpose. Beer in the middle ages was safer to drink than water and the average person consumed about a gallon a day. Many wars and occupations later found this country in a unique position to combine its rich history and modern technology to produce some of the finest beer in the world. This tradition continues today.

How Beer is Made

Beer is made from just a few ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malted grains—usually barley. Some styles add wheat to the barley. Barley is first malted by wetting the grain to encourage sprouting. This begins the conversion of starches to sugar. Once sprouted it is roasted—how long the roast will determine the beer’s color. The malted barley is then steeped in hot water for several hours. This is called the wort. The wort is then separated from the grains and hops are added to impart a bitterness to offset the sweetness of the malted barley. Yeast is added at this point and is placed in a fermentation tank. The type of yeast will determine the style of beer produced. Lagers (bottom fermenting yeast) ferment at colder temperatures for longer periods of time. Ninety percent of the world’s beers are of this type. Ales (top fermenting yeast) ferment at about sixty–seventy degrees and provide a more complex flavor profile.

Enjoying Belgian Beers

Belgian beers offer a variety of flavor characteristics including: sour, musty, sweet, bitter, etc. We invite you to explore this wide range of beers, but we are unable to give a refund if you find it is not to your taste. Consider this the cost of your beer education. We offer reference books and our personal experiences to help you with your selection. We also provide ABV percentages for each beer. Please enjoy responsibly.

Beer Styles

Abbey/Trappist Ales

Dating back to the eleventh century, these beers were brewed for consumption of people living around the abbey. There are only six Trappist abbeys left in the world, five of which are in Belgium. Abbey ales are considered some of the finest beers in the world and offer three versions: blond, double and triple. These beers are meant for sipping, and pair well with both braised meats and chocolate desserts.

Blond or Pale Ale

Light blond in color these beers have a malty sweet aroma with a low hop content. Fairly high alcohol content due to a triple fermentation process.

Double and Triple Ales

Named for the amount of malt used to begin the brewing process. These styles provide a complex malty, alcoholic and somewhat sweet taste.

White, Wit or Wheat Beer

Pale yellow to white in color, cloudy due to the yeast sediment. Usually flavored with coriander and curacao (orange peel). It’s a refreshing summer favorite and pairs well with seafood and lighter foods.

Saisons (Seasonal) Beers

Traditionally made by farmers for the laborers. Sparkling, fruity somewhat sour flavor profiles make for a refreshing drink. It pairs well with seafood and lighter foods

Gueuze and Lambics

Spontaneously fermented beer dating to the Middle Ages with a dry/sour character. Fruit Lambics are somewhat sweeter. It’s great with dessert.

Pilsner

Stella Artois
Light pilsner-style lager. ABV: 5.2%

Wheat/White

Hoegaarden Wit
Belgium's most popular white beer. ABV: 4.9%
Blanche De Bruxelles
Harmonious blend of malt, wheat & orange rind. ABV: 4.5%
Floris Apple Framboise
Witbier with fruit. ABV: 3.6%
St. Bernadus Wit
Light & refreshing. ABV: 5.5%

Saison

Saison Dupont
Thirst-quenching, dry blond ale. ABV: 5.5%
St. Feuillien
Malty, hoppy, flowery earth notes. ABV: 6.5%
D'Erpe Mere
Fruity, earthy yeast spice tones. ABV: 7%

Specialty Ale

Augustijn Ale
Clovey and banana notes, with a warming dose of alcohol. ABV: 8%
T' Gaverhopke Extra
Amber/quad, yeasty, fruity, sour ABV: 12%
Kwak
Specialty beer with fruity, spicy flavors. ABV: 8.1%
Deus, Brut Des Flanders
Brut beer, delicate & complex, dry. ABV: 11.5%
Troubadour Obscura
Mild Belgian stout. ABV: 8.2%
De Dolle Stout
Belgian Stout. ABV: 9%
Tournay Black
Belgian Stout. ABV: 7.6%
La Chouffe Houblon IPA
Hoppy with a banana & clove backround. ABV: 9%
Urthel Samaranth
Spicy, bitter almond, young tasting quad. ABV: 11%
Oerbier De Dolle
Sweet, sour overtones, aftertaste of candy sugar. ABV: 9.5%
Alvinne Extra Restyled IPA
Hoppy, light fruit & sourness. ABV: 7%
Scotch Silly
Toffee sweet with light hops. ABV: 8%
Pink Killer (Silly)
Sweetness with grapefruit/guava juices. ABV: 5%

Blond Amber Ale

Corsendonk Pale Ale
Abbey style pale ale. ABV: 7.5%
La Binchoise
Smooth amber ale. ABV: 9%
Lucifer
Strong blond sipping beer. Hoppy start, full aftertaste ABV: 8.5%
Affligem Blond
Fresh, strong, aromatic. ABV: 6.8%
Delirium Tremens
Malty blond triple with bitter tones. ABV: 8.5%
Duvel
Golden blond ale, nice mix of malt & hops. ABV: 8.5%
Poperings Hommelbier IPA
Hoppy herbal rose nose, sweet finish, non-bitter. ABV: 8%
La Chouffe
Golden blond unfiltered ale,fruity & spicy. ABV: 8%
Palm
Amber ale with nice bitterness, round finish ABV: 5.1%
DeKoninck
Malty character, hop finish. ABV: 5%
Leffe Blond
Abbey-style blond ale. ABV: 6.6%
Maredsous 10 (Degrees)
Blond Abbey ale with full taste of sour, sweet & bitter. ABV: 10%
Barbar
Honey ale with a hint of wheat. ABV: 8%
Troubadour
Creamy, fresh, hint of lemon & grass, soft spicy finish. ABV: 6.5%
Valeir Extra
A perfect hoppy beer with no bitterness. ABV: 6.5%
Piet Agoras
Amber ale, caramel, dry finish. ABV: 9%
Malheur
Special blond, hints of rose/peach/citrus, warm aftertaste ABV: 10%
Heylissem Blond
Pale Ale with citrus, pale malts, grains & melon notes. ABV: 6%
Sint Canarus
Full bodied Abbey with spice, fruit & clean finish. ABV: 7.5%
Bruegel Amber
Malty, low hops, sweet wine finish. ABV: 5%
Petrus Speciale Amber
Caramel, grains and earth notes. ABV: 6.5%
Augustijn
Fruity banana-vanilla tones, yeasty. ABV: 8%
Petrus Aged Pale Ale
Tart with apple, mellow oak sweetness. ABV: 7%
Sloeber
Barley, tart & fruity. ABV: 7.5%

Red Ale

Duchesse De Bourgogne
Aged in oak resulting in a fruity character. ABV: 6.2%
Gouden Carolus
Ruby ale/soft warmth of wine/freshness of beer. ABV: 11%
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Rich, wine-like, Flemmish sour ale aged in oak barrels. ABV: 6%
Heylissem
Brown sugar tones, hint of yeast, very drinkable. ABV: 6%
Echt Kriekenbier
Cherry enhanced Flemish sour ale. ABV: 7%
Bier Du Boucanier Red
Low bitter hops, fruity & bready. ABV: 7%

Double/Triple Ale

Triple Karmeliet
Fresh wheat, creamy oat & citrus. ABV: 8.1%
Corsendonk Brown Ale
Smooth, round-tasting double. ABV: 7.5%
Delirium Nocturnum
Strong, dark ale more robust than Tremens. ABV: 8.5%
Gulden Draak
Strong, dark ale with flavors of coffee/chocolate. ABV: 10.5%
Nostradamus
Double brown ale, full-bodied, hints of chocolate. ABV: 9%
Petrus Dubbel Bruin
Double brown ale, caramel & chocolate tones, creamy. ABV: 6.5%
St. Bernardus Abt 12
Dark abbey beer, a smooth, full-bodied taste. ABV: 10.5%
St. Feuillien Tripel
Light, fruity sipping ale. ABV: 8.5%
Bornem
Dark brown ale, coffee with a hoppy finish. ABV: 6%
De Dolle Teve (Mad Bitch)
Amber in color, fruity, spicy, sour, "funky" in appeal. ABV: 10%
Val-Dieu Triple
Fruity, citrus nose, slightly dry/bitter, sweet & honey like. ABV: 9%
Bornem Triple
Hoppy, full flavor, soft in the mouth, sweet-bitter balance. ABV: 9%
Hopus Belgian Bitter
Strictly top of the tongue bitter hoppiness that lingers. ABV: 8%
T' Smisje Catherine Imperial Stout
Roasted malts, smokey, vanilla. ABV: 10%
La Botteresse Noire
Malty/sweet/roasty-toasty chocolate notes. ABV: 10.5%
Petrus Gouden Triple
Apple & pear overtones, a little sour, strong aroma. ABV: 7.5%
St Bernadus Triple
Amber/blond, unfiltered with a nice balance. ABV: 8%
Urthel Hibernus Quentum
Triple, earthy, hoppy, honey-like sweetness. ABV: 9%
Maredsous 8
Malt & dark fruit, spicy. ABV: 8%
Atomium Grand Cru
Six grains, sweet plum & bread. ABV: 8%
Val-Dieu Grand Cru
Dark fruits, rich & mellow. ABV: 10.5%
Affligem Dubbel
Nutty, yeasty and dark fruits. ABV: 7%
Affligem Tripel
Spicy, dry with tart sweetness. ABV: 9.5%
Hopus
Floral notes, earthy, spicy hoppiness. ABV: 8%
Brasserie Des Rocs
Strong dark ale, dark fruits. ABV: 10%
La Divine (Silly)
Pleasant pear tones, malt finish. ABV: 9.5%
St. Bernadus Pater 6
Subdued dark fruitiness, winter spice. ABV: 7%

Trappist Ale

Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue)
Powerful & complex. ABV: 9%
Chimay Premiere (Red)
Apricot-like fruit matured by fermentation, smooth. ABV: 7%
Chimay Cinq Cent (White)
Smooth with a fine, bitter aftertaste (hoppy). ABV: 8%
Orval
Trappist ale with the specific taste of Orval yeast & a hoppy aroma. ABV: 6.2%
Rochefort 10
Very dark (quad) brown ale. ABV: 11.3%
Rochefort 8
Fruity, balanced bitterness, banana, pear & liquorice. ABV: 9.5%
Westmalle Dubbel
Trappist double with a fine mix of malt & hops. ABV: 7%
Westmalle Tripel
Trappist Triple, fruity & hoppy. ABV: 9.5%

Gueuze Lambic

Oude Gueuze Hanssens
Spontaneously fermented, aged in oak barrels. ABV: %
Lindemans (Kriek/Pecheresse/Pomme/Cassis)
Spontaneously-fermented lambic (fruit beers). ABV: 2.5-4.5%
Beersel Lambic (Framboise/Kriek/Geueze)
Sour, earthy, must & a lot of yeast flavors. ABV: 6%
Beers & Ales change frequently and are subject to availability.