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Old 04-26-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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I have a confession to make. I have never been able to develop a taste for Belgian beers. I've tried maybe a half-dozen or so and they just don't do it for me. I've never been able to get past the 'funk'. I've tried Dubbels, Trippels, and even some Lambics. Even American beers listed as Belgian-styles don't really appeal to me that much. Whenever someone hands me one I'll smile and drink it, but I don't go back for seconds.

Based on all the fanfare around Belgian beers I feel like I'm missing out. So I've decided that I'm going to give them another go. I'm determined to find some I like, even if I have to drink my way through the entire country. The good news is I won't have to travel, because there is a shop nearby that carries a lot of them.

Today I picked up Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Tremens. I've heard good things about these. I figure I'll start high-end and work my way down (When I say high-end I mean 'Holy crap - I can't believe I'm paying this much for a bottle of beer').

I'm looking for ideas, so if anyone has anything they think I should try, and I can get my hands on, I will try it and report back.

Thanks and wish me luck!


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Old 04-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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I'm a fan of the Chimay white. Lots of people who love Belgians aren't a huge fan of Chimay, but it is a good beer IMO. If you aren't a huge fan of the "funk" the Chimay white is pretty restrained in that area.


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Try a Belgian IPA. Belgo is awesome, so is Le Chouffee's IPA
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
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I like quads myself. More dark fruit, less funk.
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Delirium tremens and duvel started me on the path to righteousness
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Delirium tremens and duvel started me on the path to righteousness
Hallelujah! Hopefully I too will be saved.
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I'm not a Belgian fan, either. I just don't like the fruity taste. I prefer other beers, so I normally don't buy or drink Belgians. I stopped brewing them about a year ago, just because I don't care for them that much. Once in a while, a friend will offer me one so I try again. It's just not my thing. I like many other beers, so I just don't worry about it.
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Well if this doesn't work out at least I'm in good company. No one can say I didn't try.
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I recently brewed up a bunch of Belgian pale ale. It's not really my thing. I even brewed up 10 gallons of it. Funny thing is, one fermenter had blow off, would did not. I should have kept better track of which bottle came from each one. Some bottles have more of that slight pepper/ phenolic character. The other has a little more astringency. Either way, not my favorite brew ever. Drinkable, certainly not going to dump it, but probably won't bother to attempt a Belgian again. Seems like the love it or leave it kinda beer.
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B-boy, do you like Belgian whites? Like hoegaarden?


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