Today is Belgian National Day (21st July), the celebration of the Belgian Constitution being sworn in by the first King of the Belgians. It's also the perfect excuse to drink some brilliant beers. Belgian beer has a great history and heritage long before the current craft beer movement and continue to make some awesome beers. We happen to have a few (42) in store! Here are some of our favourites.
A trappist beer that was first brewed in the 1930s. It's lightly amber in colour with some great floral notes giving it a huge range of flavours. This needs to be poured in a good sized chalice so you can enjoy the lovely foamy head this beer produces. The beer is bottle conditioned with a small amount of Brettanomyces (wild yeast) and will change slightly depending on how long it has been stored for.
The classic Belgian farmhouse ale, this beer is straw coloured and has a strong bitterness, along with spicy corriander notes and orange peel. This is a very refreshing beer and was originally designed as such to serve to the farm workers whilst on the fields.
This is a strong (9.5%), dry and spicy Trappist ale. This beer has often been copied by other people and it also coined the term Tripel. Flavour notes include bananas and spice. A must try beer.
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel
Brewed at De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, a quadrupel is designed to be a stronger and darker beer than a Tripel. This sits at 11% and has warm fruit flavours of plum and cherry but still a dry finish. The overall effect is a balanced beer that holds its strength and is delicious to sip.
We've also got the likes of Rochefort 8 ,6 ,10. Chimay, Red, Blue, White and Delirium Tremens, Nocturnum & Red. Plus a few Cantillons as well!
Next time you're in store maybe consider trying something Belgian?