Given that it is one of the smallest nations around the world on earth in conditions of landmass Belgium’s commitment to beer production is commendable. At the moment it hosts more than 180 individual breweries that range in size from huge global names like Beck and Leffe to microbreweries and Trappist abbeys that you would be lucky to ever discover. Whether it be in Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges or Gent the standard brew is always added par excellence.
Somewhat amazingly unlike other countries across the world with a significant beer culture, the production of beer in this tiny Western European country is not a custom which transcends centuries. Infact, (Westmalle, the very first Trappist brewery didn’t start making belgian beer company. However this could be the very reason why the country has become so successful at it.
Having taken the chance to fully understand and appreciate what many of the nations around them where doing in the production process Belgian monks were then able to cherry pick and fuse together a range of the best manufacturing techniques and beer designs. Over time they have refined their methodologies to the point where now they regularly produce unique varieties that are not available anywhere more.
Somewhat quirkily it is not simply their beer which dazzles. The breweries on their own accentuate the taste experience by serving them in unique ways. This includes the cool heptagonal mug of Hoegaarden, the pretty tulip glass of Duval or the slightly strange scientific-looking cup and wooden endure combo of Kwak. All of which contribute in my judgment to making Belgian Beer the best beer experience on the planet.
With regards to what beers from Belgium you should be trying you will soon discover there are plenty to choose from. In fact a quick search online and you will soon discover what a various selection of beers are being brewed in Belgium today. Today there are many breweries in Belgium and between them they may be producing around 500 different standard beers along with numerous ones that are considered to be one offs.
This beer has a really distinctive colour and taste to it compared to many of the other beers produced in Athens today. The main components used in the creation of this beer are roasted malt, several types of top fermenting yeasts along the bacteria found in yoghurt known as lactobacillus culture. To further add to its distinctive taste and colour the beer is matured in maple vats. When drunk the beer has a slightly acidic, sour but fruit taste to it.