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Favorite American-brewed Belgian Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ricelikesbeer, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (350) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    I think American breweries have come a long ways with Belgian style beers, whether its sours or trappist or "abbey" style stuff. What's your favorite?

    It's hard to just say one, but I'd probably go with Lost Abbey Red Poppey if I had to say just one.
     
  2. lookrider

    lookrider Savant (410) Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2007

    Ommegang Hennepin for me. I like Pranqster also
     
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  3. aorloski

    aorloski Savant (380) Massachusetts Oct 11, 2010

    Green Flash Rayon Vert
     
  4. codysjb

    codysjb Savant (400) Florida Jun 16, 2010

    As far as really good Faux-Belgium brews go I can think of Hennepin, CCB Cucumber Saison and Hill Farrmstead Saisons to be some of the top. Personally, Vera Mae was probably my favorite. As far as Sours go I look to Crooked Stave as some of the best but i'm not sure I'd say that every sour is faux Belgian. American Wild Ales are a style for a reason after all.
     
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  5. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Green Flash Trippel is great as well.

    This is a hard question. So many good choices. Recently, my favorite Belgian style American beer has been Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin. Belgian style Golden Strong Ale. A perfect beer to me.
     
  6. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (760) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Dragonmead Final Absolution
     
  7. BryanK

    BryanK Savant (275) New York Nov 27, 2010

    Ommegang 15th anniversary for me
     
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  8. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (805) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Rockmill Tripel and Ommegang Three Philosophers.. love Mad Elf too..
     
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  9. Ommegang Abbey Ale or Schlafly Quadrupel
     
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  10. Three Floyds Live a Rich Life.
     
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  11. cid71

    cid71 Aficionado (135) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009

    Rare vos or la terrible
     
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  12. cid71

    cid71 Aficionado (135) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009

    And I know la terrible is Canadian but I took thread to mean non -Belgian brewed
     
  13. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (350) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    Yes I love that one as well. .I think it's a great gateway beer into sours. It's tart and slightly funky, but not overpowering like some can be.
     
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  14. Boulevard Tank 7
     
  15. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (630) Ohio Oct 24, 2007

    I really do think Ommegang nails a lot of the traditional Belgian styles. Rare Vos, Witte, BPA, etc are all very good Belgian Style beers.
     
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  16. MeadGuyfromMD

    MeadGuyfromMD Savant (260) Maryland May 23, 2007

    Any love for Merry Monks or Golden Monkey? I enjoy both, tremendously! Don't forget about Unibroue, I know they are in Canada, but it's part of NORTH America....and definitely not in Belgium ;)
    Cheers
     
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  17. dglgmut

    dglgmut Zealot (95) New Jersey Jul 12, 2012

    The Bruery Saison Rue. Probably the best domestic saison beer IMO
     
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  18. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (710) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    Probably Boulevard 6th Glass quad
     
  19. Invocation by Wild Heaven is very good.
     
  20. Boulevard Saison Brett
     
  21. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (185) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    Funkwerks Deceit
     
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  22. denver10

    denver10 Champion (890) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

  23. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Advocate (510) Maryland Jan 13, 2013

    Anything by Allagash, especially Allagash White.
     
  24. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    I'm going with Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme.
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta is phenomenal as well.
     
  25. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (280) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    I'd say Pranqster or Rayon Vert would be my two. Have yet to have a domestic Belgian Dark Ale that's blown me away.
     
  26. Cascade77

    Cascade77 Aficionado (230) Vermont May 14, 2009

    Any of the Allagash Coolship series. Hands down the closest American versions of lambic, period.
     
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  27. kingmaker

    kingmaker Savant (300) Louisiana Nov 20, 2012

    Just about anything by Ommegang. Since they are owned by Duvel, a Belgian company...
     
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  28. Handle

    Handle Savant (395) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    I think I'll have to go with Ommegang Hennepin. Just a great saison, and at a very appealing price for the style.
     
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  29. od_sf

    od_sf Savant (420) California Nov 2, 2010

    Beer Table - Table Beer by Stillwater Artisanal Ales. That beer is amazing. Orval on steroids and only at 4.7 ABV. Also a huge fan of all the brett beers by Russian River and a couple of the Allagash ones.
     
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  30. Kristopher

    Kristopher Aspirant (35) Sweden May 23, 2012

    Ommegang Abbey Ale
    Allagash Triple
    Squatters 529
     
  31. Ranbot

    Ranbot Savant (485) Pennsylvania Nov 27, 2006

    If you will expand your parameters to North America I would add Unibroue Trois Pistoles...one of my favorite beers, regardless of style.
     
  32. od_sf

    od_sf Savant (420) California Nov 2, 2010

    Have you had RR's Beatification?
     
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  33. azorie

    azorie Advocate (725) Florida Mar 18, 2006

    humm in the style of i say RR is about the best so far of those I thought could make a decent beer, I had a monk's sour ale once but I think its made for them. Not a big fan of most American made Belgian style beers. I stick with the real deal, now if I lived near RR it would be interesting.:D
     
  34. Cascade77

    Cascade77 Aficionado (230) Vermont May 14, 2009

    Several. Awesome beer but not really similar to a lambic.
     
  35. drewone

    drewone Advocate (740) California Sep 18, 2006

    Agree with a lot of the above (from what I have tasted) but are there any good american Dubbels? I have had Quad that I like (Alesmith new Decadence for one), but I am consistently disappointed with american dubbels.
     
  36. Blvd Long Strange Tripel,Saison Brett
     
  37. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (640) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    I'm rather fond of Midnight Sun Monk's Mistress. Matilda is quite yummy as well.
     
  38. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Have you had Nommo Dubbel from Boulevard? It's pretty solid.

    These are both great. My favorite is Love Child #2 though. All the Smokestack Series are pretty good. Not a fan of Boulevards regular/seasonal lineup however.
     
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  39. e30todamax

    e30todamax Savant (345) Virginia Oct 5, 2012

    Allagash Tripel
     
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