Everybody knows that Belgium is famous for its beers. But I was curious about the favorite Belgian beers of people, so I asked a few friends and fellow travel bloggers.
I am not a big beer lover, but when I drink beer, I prefer a sweet one. Faro is a lesser known beer with a relatively low alcohol percentage. The base of faro is Lambiek and it is actually a gueuze beer with a decent amount of sugar added to it. It has a special taste that is not for everyone, but if you are in Belgium, you have to try it.
Fruity and refreshing, with subtle spices, Leffe Red is the perfect accompaniment to a lazy Sunday afternoon BBQ in the sun. It can easily be purchased across Belgium, France and the UK, but my first taste of it was sat outside a quirky bar in Ghent. After a busy morning exploring the edgy street art and wandering the cobbled streets of the medieval town, it was just what I needed.
Jenny from TraveLynn Family
Kriek St. Louis
There are a few reasons, obviously it tastes great, but the others are that it’s really easy and fun to pronounce, say it out loud “kwak”, and when it’s served properly, it comes in a rounded based glass in a stand, something that looks more at home in a science lab. So, combine the ease of ordering, the challenge of not spilling while feeling like a scientist with the great taste, you have my favourite, Kwak.
Matt from The Travel Blogs
My favorite Belgian beer is Kasteel Rouge. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite beer full stop, which is interesting (to me at least!) because it’s unlike most other beer that I drink. It’s a fruit beer (cherry to be exact), so it’s pretty sweet. But it has quite a high alcohol content (8.00% ABV!) so that balances things out. According to the brewery’s website, it’s made from the original Kasteel dark beer (called Donker) plus a sweet cherry liqueur. I first discovered Kasteel Rouge at the famous Delirium Café in Brussels. It was on tap – the best way to drink it – and it was delicious and gorgeous looking. The Kasteel glass it’s served in is even special as its stem is shaped like a castle. That was on my honeymoon in 2009. Since then, I drink it whenever I find it on tap, and often in a bottle. It’s a rare find in the US, but more prevalent in Europe, which is where I am right now, so bring it on!
Sarah from Travel Breathe Repeat
In 2010 I visited Brugge, Belgium for the first time. I was waiting for breakfast to open so I went to the bar and asked the bartender for his recommendation. He poured a bottle of Orval and I’ve been hooked ever since.
The year to year brewing can differ in taste and alcohol by volume, but generally this ale is loaded up with various fruity undertones, low bitterness, and plenty of body. If you’re used to pilsners, this beer might be “too weird”, but if you like complex and well-regarded beer, give this one a drink.
Scott & Hayley from International Hotdish
As a great lover of craft beers I love to visit new places where I can check out different beers. A recent trip to the beautiful city of Bruges provided a great opportunity to explore Belgian’s famous beer culture. We were staying in a cute family B&B that was owned and run by local football legend Jimmy de Wolf. Jimmy and his wife get us some great recommendations for things to do in Bruges, they were amazing hosts. Following their advice, on our first night in Bruges we had dinner in a lovely local restaurant called du Phare. With a wonderful view over the canals I enjoyed my first glass of Tripel Karmeliet. Brewed by the Bosteels Brewery from a town called Buggenhout, it’s a wonderful golden beer with a high alcohol content and a lovely smooth but strong flavour. It’s brewed to an original recipe that dates back to 1679. It’s really is a king of beers and thankfully available all over the world now.
John from From Real People
What is your favorite Belgian beer?