Belgian Flavors

Twelve full-flavored Belgian ales available in the United States.

Juicy, yeasty, hoppy, and potent--an exemplary Belgian strong ale--but with a pale hue, brilliant white head, and crispness that make it seem lighter than it is.Todd Coleman

Westmalle Dubbel

A dark, delectable, malty beer from one of Belgium's oldest Trappist breweries yields notes of raisins, nuts, fudge, and anise, resolving in a roasty dryness.Todd Coleman

Armand'4 Oude Geuze Lente

3 Fonteinen's creamy springtime lambic blend smells of citrus and barnyard, and its kumquat acidity primes the palate for dining.Todd Coleman

Alvinne Balthazar

A strong ale from a newer beer maker brewed with coriander, cardamom, and ginger, which add a bittersweet depth to other tastes: smoke, tang, and licorice.Todd Coleman

Saison Dupont Vieille Provision

A classic Wallonian farmhouse ale with rich malt aroma and creamy texture balanced by pineapple, white pepper, and a dry, hoppy finish.Todd Coleman

De Plukker Keikoppenbier

A fruity and refreshing blonde ale with a gently bitter, floral finish from organic hops grown by its farmstead brewer.Todd Coleman

Oud Beersel Framboise

Tart, fragrant, and refreshing, it smells and tastes of the fresh raspberries with which this fruit lambic is cask-aged.Todd Coleman

Rodenbach Grand Cru

A ruddy brew with a red currant and apple tang offset by sweet, mellow wood, it's the grandaddy of Flemish sour ales; it's great with seafood.Todd Coleman

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva

A strong ale that delivers a complex melange of sherrylike flavors: dried figs and dates, a lovely citric quality, and an oaky potency.Todd Coleman

Poperings Hommel Ale

From the heart of West Flanders' hops-growing region, it smells of fresh-baked dinner rolls but has a zesty, spicy flavor from copious hops.Todd Coleman

St. Bernardus Abt 12

A dark, strong ale made with plenty of malt, that's thick and rich yet smooth, with a lively effervescence, banana and toffee flavors, and a warm, earthy kicker.Todd Coleman
It announces its hops, but not in a brash way; honey and fruit salad notes add balancing tang and sweetness, which lend this pale ale approachability.Todd Coleman