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Old 01-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #11
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i'm not here to defend belgian beers, although there are many that i think are spectacular (rochefort 10, westvleteren 8, orval, drie fonteinen anything, cantillon are among my all time favorites) but it seems from your list that you have tried two belgian beers, and both from the same brewery?? branch out, try a couple others before you write off the whole country! or don't, there's lots of other good beer in the world

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #12
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I LOVE belgians, but don't care as much for the Trippel... be sure to try a couple Dubbels and Strong Dark Ales (aka Quadrupel).

Maybe try some of the trappist/Abbey beers before writing off the whole category - Rochefort(8 or 10) and Chimay (Blue) are both widely available and make good examples. St Bernardus 12 is quite excellent also, though not a "trappist".

Ommegang Abbey ale and 3 Philosophers are great domestic examples of the styles.

BUUUUT.... I like the dry finsish/fruity undertones - that delicate/intricate flavor.

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:12 PM   #13
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Ok, I have tried a few different Belgian brews and can not get over the sharp sweet bite that they have, if that is a proper description. I tried a Homebrew Triple, a New Belgian Tripple, a Delirium Tremens and a Delirium Noel and they all have that "bite" to them that I just can't get over. I drink a large variety of beers and this style just doesn't suit me.

What is this taste/bite that I am tasting in these beers.

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Yeah dont care for them either, I can drink them but not a fan. Also I dont care for a sasion either. Pretty similar too.
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i cant imagine anyone not enjoying a dubbel. i really cant.

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:15 PM   #15
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Yep, there are definitely many to try, and many variations within a given style. I love Trippels and Golden Strongs, but hated La Chouffe, due to the Coriander in the beer.

Duvel and Chimay Grande Reserve (aka Blue) top my list of Belgian Beers, though I really enjoy Chimay White, Leffe Blonde, Ommegang Abbey Ale, and Delerium Tremes, as well.

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:17 PM   #16
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i cant imagine anyone not enjoying a dubbel. i really cant.
As much as I love Belgians in general, and Chimay beers in particular, I really didn't care for the Chimay Red I had a couple months ago. Maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe I don't like that beer, or... gasp... the style.

Not sure yet.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:22 PM   #17
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I've been a fan of Belgian beers for a long time, but I can understand why some people can't get into them. Most retain a distinct yeasty flavor, especially with a lot of them (most?) being bottle-conditioned.

That being said, there are so many different styles of beer available from Belgium, I would encourage you not to write them off altogether just yet.

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Belgian beers cover many different styles. Pales, dubbels, tripels and BDSA's. Also within each style there wide differences. I like tripels, but given the choice I would take a BDSA over one. Belgians are a lot about the yeast. You can brew the same recipe and use 4 different yeast and have 4 different beers.

I love my Belgians and brew them often. Properly brewed and fermented you should not get hot alcohol tastes. If you are tasting hot alcohol flavor in home brewed versions of these styles, then they were not fermented right. Often the advice given ( from people that don 't brew Belgians) is to ferment them hot. This causes fusels that taste hot and give you a good headache.

They are mostly pretty high ABV brews so you cannot sit sown and have a bunch of them, so they are far from session beers.


That being said, if you don't like them, then don't drink them, but don't give up on Belgians because there are a couple that were not good examples of the style.

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Yummy this thread made me go get a BDS out of the closet. Thanks OP!
I lied, I got two out of the closet.

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I wouldn't want to drink one now, but that's because it's dark and cold out, and I'm not eating anything. If it's warm and sunny and I have something to eat, I'll take one down. I guess in that way they're like wine with me, I generally don't drink wine unless I'm eating something, or the weather agrees with it

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