Variety Is The Spice Of Life

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In our last blog we introduced you to Belgian beer and talked about the road to becoming a beer connoisseur. This week, we’re exploring the key categories on your journey to becoming a Belgian beer connoisseur: wheat, blonde, dubel and tripel. Wheat beer Wheat beer is often considered as a gateway category, so if you’re not very familiar with Belgian beer, this is a great place to start. Often served with an orange or lemon wedge, wheat beer is easy to drink at any time of year. We recommend: Hoegaarden 4.9% Blonde beer When you’re ready to step-up to a slightly stronger, more complex beer, go with a Belgian blonde. Duvel is one of the most popular beers in this category, but if you want something a little more exclusive, give St. Stefanus a try. St. Stefanus uses a unique yeast strain that triggers a second fermentation process in the bottle, allowing you to choose how you want your beer to taste. We recommend: St. Stefanus Blonde 7% Dubbel After experimenting with a few different Belgian blondes, it’s time to take on a dubbel. Traditionally brewed by Abbey and Trappist monks – just like St. Stefanus – dubbels tend to range between 6% and 8% abv, making them slightly stronger than a Belgian blonde. We recommend: Westmalle Trappist Dubbel 7% Tripel The fourth and final step on your journey of discovery is the Belgian tripel. Tripels share a similar heritage to the Belgian dubbel, but they stronger again with a range of around 7-10% abv. We recommend: Gulden Draak 10.5% Sign up to BeerAdvocate or RateBeer to keep a track of what you like on your journey to becoming a beer connoisseur.

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