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dblvsn 04-22-2007 05:03 AM

Belgium beers... in denial
 
I get asked the question asked to me all the time about what my favorite style of beer is. It's kind of a hard question to answer because I like 'em all :rockin: but that answer isn't good enough for most people. When it comes down to it I love Stouts, Pale Ales and Scottish Ales round out my top 3 favorite styles. I also get asked what my least favorites are. That's easy... Lagers in general. I'm just not a fan of light bodied beers. I also mention that I usually don't care for Belgium styles as I don't care for all the fruity, estery flavors the Belgium beers have. So I'm sitting in a pub the other night thinking about some of the beer styles I've brewed and what I want to brew next. I realized that in my young brewing career 1/3 of the beers (yeah so it only equates to 2, but thats besides the point) I've brewed were a Belgium style. So then I'm at the store picking up a few beers to restock the fridge. I get home and restocking the fridge and I realize that almost half of the beers in there are Belgium! I find myself in pubs all the time ordering up Belgium beers. What's funny is as I drink them I'm always complaining about how much I just don't care for the Belgium style beers. I think plain and simple what it comes down to is I enjoy complex beers. There's so much going on in a Belgium beer its just fun trying to dig out all the aromas and flavors going on in 'em. Or maybe I'm just a drunk who doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. :tank: Anyone else out there find themselves with this problem?

Ryanh1801 04-22-2007 05:08 AM

Belgium's are my favorite, I just love the complex flavor in them. Rochefort is definitely the best beer i have ever had. I only wish someday I can brew a beer than good.

bpcsatx 04-22-2007 03:31 PM

I have to agree regarding the Belgian style beers. Some of my favorites are Meredsous 8 & 10 and Chimay Reserve. I just recently bought a case of ST.SIXTUSABDIJ WESTVLETEREN 12 Gold Cap.

This is by far the best beer I have ever drunk.

:mug:

DeathBrewer 04-22-2007 11:34 PM

belgian's are definitely my favorite, with piraat, gulden draak, and many of the unibroue belgian-styles at the top of my list. belgians are not always fruity and estery, but usually are very complex. a prefer the spicier drinks that have a nice balance.

it's when companies try to copy belgian styles and totally screw them up that i get upset. come on..."new belgium"...who are you kidding?

sause 04-23-2007 05:19 AM

Belgian beers have grown on me lately too. I dislike chimey red it's a where nothing meld together. But I've been buying more and more belgians when I get ready to drink.

Brewtopia 04-24-2007 09:25 PM

I love Belgian style beers and I'm particularly fond of the sour Belgians (i.e. Flemish Brown, Flanders Red, Lambic, etc.)

zoebisch01 04-25-2007 12:20 PM

I am partial to them as well. Usually they are not 'session' beers though due to their strength, at least not imo. If I have a few brews, the last one is sometimes a Belgian.

I want to try more of the sour offerings. I had a Rodenbach and that was tasty. You see Lindemans all over, and although it is really sweet it can be pleasureable...but imho it is a crowd pleaser and they have sold out by broadening the appeal. I am not sure if their product always tasted like that or not.

Try some of the offerings from Ommegang and Unibroue if you haven't already.

EdWort 04-25-2007 12:29 PM

I'm not a fan of Belgian beers unless I'm in Belgium. Does that make me an EAC?

cweston 04-25-2007 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EdWort
I'm not a fan of Belgian beers unless I'm in Belgium. Does that make me an EAC?

No...

You already were an EAC :ban:

cweston 04-25-2007 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DeathBrewer
it's when companies try to copy belgian styles and totally screw them up that i get upset. come on..."new belgium"...who are you kidding?

I think of NB's mainline beers as American Micro styles influenced by Belgian styles--some of them are better than others, IMHO. But none of them are really intended to be authentic Belgian styles, so I don't think that's really a fair way to judge them.

(Note I'm talking about the mainline beers, not the more esoteric ones.)


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