Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Belgium beers... in denial
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-22-2007, 06:03 AM   #1
dblvsn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dblvsn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ankeny, IA
Posts: 765
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default 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 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. Anyone else out there find themselves with this problem?

__________________
dblvsn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 06:08 AM   #2
Ryanh1801
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ryanh1801's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Addison,TX
Posts: 2,717
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

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.

__________________
Ryanh1801 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
bpcsatx
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
bpcsatx's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 31
Default

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.

__________________
bpcsatx is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2007, 12:34 AM   #4
DeathBrewer
Maniacally Malty
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
DeathBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 21,899
Liked 214 Times on 119 Posts

Default

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?

__________________
Easy Partial Mash Brewing - Stovetop All-Grain Brewing

"Death is always with us." - Brewpastor

Quote:
DIAICYLF
We will remember...
DeathBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2007, 06:19 AM   #5
sause
Steel Comma Ale & Lagery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
sause's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Menomonee Falls WI
Posts: 1,866
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

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.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strange Brewer
Had some Bud Light analyzed once. They told me my dog had diabetes... And was pregnant
sause is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2007, 10:25 PM   #6
Brewtopia
"Greenwood Aged Beer"
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Brewtopia's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,307
Liked 13 Times on 8 Posts

Default

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

Brewtopia is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2007, 01:20 PM   #7
zoebisch01
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
zoebisch01's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central PA
Posts: 5,198
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

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.

__________________
Event Horizon ~ A tribute to the miracle of fermentation.

Brew what you like. Do this, and you will find your inner brewer.
zoebisch01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2007, 01:29 PM   #8
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,969
Liked 273 Times on 141 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

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

__________________

Cheers,

EdWort

Haus Pale Ale, Bavarian Hefeweizen, Robust Porter, Oktoberfest Ale, Wounded Knee IPA, Rye IPA, BCB IPA, Kolsch, Apfelwein

EdWort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2007, 01:37 PM   #9
cweston
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
cweston's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Manhattan, KS
Posts: 2,019
Liked 13 Times on 9 Posts

Default

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
__________________

Primary: none
Secondary:
Bottle conditioning: Robust Porter
Drinking: Saison Dupont clone, tripel
Coming soon: Columbus APA, Rich Red ale
cweston is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-25-2007, 01:40 PM   #10
cweston
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
cweston's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Manhattan, KS
Posts: 2,019
Liked 13 Times on 9 Posts

Default

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.)
__________________

Primary: none
Secondary:
Bottle conditioning: Robust Porter
Drinking: Saison Dupont clone, tripel
Coming soon: Columbus APA, Rich Red ale
cweston is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fermentation - Lighter beers versus darker beers BrianBrewsSomeBeers Fermentation & Yeast 1 11-04-2009 10:34 PM
Sergio's World Beers - Over 1000 beers - Opening in Louisville, KY KYB Kentucky HomeBrew Forum 18 08-13-2009 08:37 PM
WTF, New Belgium? Kungpaodog General Beer Discussion 1 11-30-2008 08:39 AM
New Belgium Beers now availiable in Knoxville, TN!! Chello General Beer Discussion 7 06-26-2008 06:57 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS