Favorite American-brewed Belgian Beer

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  1. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    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 Defender (628) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Ommegang Hennepin for me. I like Pranqster also
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  3. aorloski

    aorloski Devotee (437) Oct 11, 2010 Massachusetts

    Green Flash Rayon Vert
  4. codysjb

    codysjb Devotee (423) Jun 16, 2010 Prince Edward Island (Canada)
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    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 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    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 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Dragonmead Final Absolution
  7. BryanK

    BryanK Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2010 New York

    Ommegang 15th anniversary for me
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  8. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,540) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Rockmill Tripel and Ommegang Three Philosophers.. love Mad Elf too..
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  9. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

    Ommegang Abbey Ale or Schlafly Quadrupel
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  10. Localdrinklax

    Localdrinklax Devotee (462) Jul 23, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Three Floyds Live a Rich Life.
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  11. cid71

    cid71 Initiate (135) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

    Rare vos or la terrible
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  12. cid71

    cid71 Initiate (135) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

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

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

  14. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    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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  15. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 Maryland

    Boulevard Tank 7
  16. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (748) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    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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  17. MeadGuyfromMD

    MeadGuyfromMD Aspirant (215) May 23, 2007 Maryland

    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 :wink:
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  18. dglgmut

    dglgmut Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 New Jersey
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    The Bruery Saison Rue. Probably the best domestic saison beer IMO
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  19. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Probably Boulevard 6th Glass quad
  20. daddydawg80

    daddydawg80 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2011 Georgia

    Invocation by Wild Heaven is very good.
  21. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    Boulevard Saison Brett
  22. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Funkwerks Deceit
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  23. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,216) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

  24. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Devotee (483) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    Anything by Allagash, especially Allagash White.
  25. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

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

    MisterGrizz Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Texas

    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.
  27. Cascade77

    Cascade77 Initiate (0) May 14, 2009 Vermont

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

    kingmaker Aspirant (267) Nov 20, 2012 Louisiana

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

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    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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  30. od_sf

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    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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  31. Kristopher

    Kristopher Initiate (0) May 23, 2012 Sweden

    Ommegang Abbey Ale
    Allagash Triple
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  32. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (467) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

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

    od_sf Aspirant (265) Nov 2, 2010 California

    Have you had RR's Beatification?
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  34. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    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.:grinning:
  35. Cascade77

    Cascade77 Initiate (0) May 14, 2009 Vermont

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

    drewone Meyvn (1,392) Sep 18, 2006 California
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    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.
  37. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,413) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Blvd Long Strange Tripel,Saison Brett
  38. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

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

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    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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  40. e30todamax

    e30todamax Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2012 Virginia

    Allagash Tripel
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