Eight cheers for Belgian beers


The World Beer Awards in London yielded a great return for Belgium’s most famous product: no less than eight beers were awarded!

One would not describe the average Belgian as “sour and wild”, but it is precisely in that category that our country has excelled most this year.

Thus was recognised the craftsmanship of the Flemish Red Ale XII from Sosab – an acronym for Science of Sour Ale Brewing), along with four more sour and wild beers. The legendary Lindemans brewery is incontournable here, of course, with the Tarot Noir being hailed the best fruity lambic and the Oude Gueuze Cuvée Renée taking home the prize for the best gueuze.

Boon and De Brabandere complete the list in this category with their Boon Millésime - Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek (best Kriek) and the Petrus Aged Pale (best sour & wild ale) respectively.

Other winning Belgian beers were De Brabandere’s Petrus Red, the Cuvée Clarisse Whisky Infused of Wilderen Brewery & Distillery, and finally the Herkenrode Cister of Brasserie Cornelissen.

We’re dizzy from this list and we haven’t even gotten to sampling these award-winning beverages yet!

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