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Discussion in 'Europe' started by wesbray, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. wesbray

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    I'm heading to Belgium in May (Brussels, specifically). I'm obviously going to be visiting Cantillon and visiting other big, well known places.

    However, I have always been a sucker for beers that not many people know about that are awesome. Looking at the top Belgian beers, I have to wonder if the rankings are somewhat skewed towards beers that are only available in North America.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on great Belgian beer to check out while i'm there that is reasonably unknown?
     
  2. andrejes

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    de la senne beers are nice!
     
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    Alvinne
     
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    Hello ! I live 500 meters from Silly brewery !
    And i don't think there is a lot of good things ...
    Abbaye forest and double d'Enghien blond are the best but nothing exceptional :(
     
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    De Cam.
     
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    Great question because there are lots of just as worthy offerings with less cult status, and also because people can be disappointed if some of their favorites are thin on the ground here (e.g. Struise, which might be more available stateside, not sure about Canada. Or, for that matter, almost anything on draft, which is not the done thing here.) Last bit of preface: I’m certain you’ll have heard of some or all of these, but I’m just riffing on stuff I like that’s not pounded with BA reviews.

    Totally agreed, de la Senne is a good list-topper for a more modern brewing sensibility, plus it’s in a happy spot on the Brussels scene — not too hard to find, in fact a bit of a local champion, but also not TOO easy. So you definitely will find it, and you’ll know you’re in a good place when you do.

    Some other good stuff that you can run into in a good but not necessarily destination bar: the Abbaye des Rocs range, Malheur, Kasteel, Kapittel, Witkap, St. Feuillien, Maredsous and the Quintine beers.

    Going a bit out of your way to the specialist places, you could check out La Rulles, De Ranke, Bink, the Duponts beyond the rightly celebrated saison. For some other go-their-own-way types, I like Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrik (same brewer), most things from Smisje and Bie. I’m really glad to see Alvinne mentioned. I could go on and on — no, actually, I already have.
     
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    Hello! So because you live 500 meters from the brewery I'm not supposed to like them or recommend them?
    I actually like the dark saison (altough not typical saison) and I liked their barrel aged scotch ale...
    Maybe because I live far, far away... ;)

    Listen to this man.
     
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    brouwerij anders - eXcalibur IPA is pretty nice
     
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    de la senne as said before make geat and clean beers. I dont how common La Rulle is in Canada but thats another brewery that makes amazing beers! Try their Tripel and Estivale!
     
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    Well my favorite under the radar Belgian beer is Pius X by De Grall, but you can only(?) get it in Brugge at one bar.
     
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    3 beers from 3 "uncommon" brewers that I really enjoyed when visiting Belgium: Prearis "No Hops, No Glory" IPA, Viven IIPA, and Poperings Hommelbier (brought some home!).
     
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    I liked the viven, even brought a coaster home.
     
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    Bellevaux Black if you like stout
     
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    Maybe an Oyster Stout by Scheldebrouwerij. They have a .nl-domain, but are a few meters across the border in Belgium.
     
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    If you have a car you can also go check out some Bière de Garde
    places in France.
     
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    De la Senne is a good call especially in a bar when wanting to avoid 9% beers as high quality sessionable beers in Belgium are uncommon. Bink I don't rate, De Ranke is hit and miss, I had a very unpleasant soapy toilet cleaner tasting beer the other day.
     
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