Originally Posted by paranode
Is there a Belgian style that has the fruity/estery flavor that everyone describes but is moderate in alcohol, say 5.5-6.5%, and not overly bitter or hoppy? Maybe a good commercial example I could try? I don't think I've had too many Belgian beers that I recall, and I was thinking I might try that on my next batch.
As someone else said..Ommegang. Any of it.
I normally don't like yellow fizzy beer, but I've now hit my favorite beer style with saison, and lambic a close second.
Ommegang Hennepin is an award winning saison, and very good.
Ommegang Ommegeddon is the higher ABV saison (I think 7.5%)
If you like Hennepin, try Saison Dupont (import).
For the SWMBO (or if you decide you like fruity beer), go with Lindemann's Framboise. Lindemann's Peche is also fairly decent. The Lindemann's Kreik, however, seems to taste like cherry cough syrup, so I'm not a fan.
Also, like I said above - there are a number of regional Belgian beer festivals going on this year. Try to make one if you can. I did my first one this year and it knocked my socks off. I don't like the Tripel's very much, but some of the dubbels aren't too bad.