BELGIAN BEER - A UNIQUE CULTURE
The uniqueness of Belgian beer is undoubtedly its rich diversity. Being historically located on the crossroad between the Roman and Germanic cultures, Belgium has developed an extremely unique beer culture with world-leading brewing technology and a relentless search for the best tastes.
Belgium is the only country in the world where you can find four fermentation methods –bottom, top, spontaneous and mixed- and the raw materials are not only limited to barley, hops and water. Heavily influenced by the French wine culture, Belgian brewers are on a constant search for the best flavors and scents resulting in an abundant and creative use of grains, hops, herbs, spices and fruits. Belgian beer has a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages and this has led historically to a large variety of regional beer styles with distinctive differences in flavor, aroma, color, alcohol degree and so on. That is why today, Belgian beers are classified into 11 distinctive beer types: pilsner, white beer, trappist beer, abbey beer, lambic beer, fruit beer, golden ale, red beer, saison beer, IPA, special beer. From warming dark beers with a strong, malty taste to sweet golden blondes that leave a bitter after-taste.
Belgium is great for foodies and its diverse kitchen is largely inspired by its many beers. Belgian beer is not only –like wine- a great ingredient to cook with but is also the perfect partner for surprising food pairings.
Belgians are very passionate about their beers. It is therefore no surprise that their 1500 beers even have their own personalized beer glasses to enhance the beers’ distinctive flavor and taste. Some might call this “pretentious”, we call it a unique culture!