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What Are the Belgian Beers?

My plans include an itinerary of sorts, but not one of places to visit, but rather beers to drink.  So, in order to do that, we need a list of what beers we are actually talking about when we talk about “Belgian Beers”.

At the bare minimum, we are talking about the following categories, as listed in the Beer Judge Certification Program.

 

Belgian and French Ale

  1. Witbier
  2. Belgian Pale Ale
  3. Saison
  4. Bière de Garde
  5. Belgian Specialty Ale

Sour Ales

  1. Flanders Red Ale
  2. Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin
  3. Straight (Unblended) Lambic
  4. Gueuze
  5. Fruit Lambic

Belgian Strong Ale

  1.  Belgian Blond Ale
  2.  Belgian Dubbel
  3. Belgian Tripel
  4. Belgian Golden Strong Ale
  5. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

This isn’t a perfect categorization, to be honest, but it is a good place to start.  We have three categories (Ales, Strong Ales, and Sours) with five varieties under each.  This gives me some direction as to how to plan the trip as its to be a nine day trip. With three categories, this, at first glances gives me three days apiece for each category, with room for crossovers.  It won’t be enough for an in-depth exploration of each category, but it will provide just enough time to get a good sense of the what the types are and the culture that comes with them.