Belgian beers win international awards


With ten award-winning beers, three of them voted best in their category, Belgium once again reaffirmed the excellence of its brewing tradition at the international World Beer Awards 2021.


Three of the Belgian award winners stood out in particular. They are the Brugs Tarwebier / Blanche de Bruges (De Halve Maan, Bruges), which was crowned best Wheat Beer, the Kriek-Brut Xtra (Liefmans, Oudenaarde), the best Speciality Beer, and the Val-Dieu Excellence (Aubel, Province of Liège), voted the best Flavoured Beer. The last of these is the least well-known, as it is still only at the experimental stage. But as a result of its success, 10,000 bottles of Excellence will be available for sale at the end of October this year. Its incomparable flavour comes from the fact that it is aged in wooden barrels that previously contained wine from Lérins Abbey, in the municipality of Cannes.


Still in the flavoured beer category, Rodenbach Caractère Rouge won in the Sour/Wild category, while another Rodenbach, the Grand Cru, was voted best Flanders red ale; both beers are brewed in Roulers. The Oude Geuze Vat 31 from Boon was named best Gueuze beer, while the Lindemans Goyck won an award in the Sour beers category. The Speciality category was won by Liefmans, from Vleezenbeek, while the Tipsy won the Heritage section. L'Or Noir from the Kompel brewery in Limburg won the title of best Belgian Style Tripel, and Gordon X-Mas,  that of Best Dark Strong.