By Josh Liddy
When people think about beer, the first place that comes to mind is Germany, but to me, it's Belgium. Some of the last remaining Trappist breweries are located there....still operated by monks in the monasteries. All profits go to benefit the monastery or community social programs. The beers listed in this blog are not Trappist brewed, but we do have them for sale in the store! Being in Arkansas, we've still got a few months before I, personally, would bring out the darker beers, but this blog will contain an even mix of dark and light.
Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Abt 12
First up, we have a great Belgian quad. St. Bernardus is considered an abbey ale, which has lost its meaning since the advent of the phrase Trappist, but is a beer brewed in the vein of monastic breweries. This particular brew is considered one of the best in the world and it has earned that title for sure. It has a very fruity aroma but is very well-balanced between sweet, bitter and malty. I definitely suggest picking one of these up! This will be a regular in my fridge this fall and winter.
Brasserie Dupont, Saison Dupont
This is one of my all-time favorite beers! This beer has been in production since 1844. The beer was brewed in the winter to be ready for the field workers the following summer. This is a very light and refreshing farmhouse ale. It has very strong aromas of grass and bananas that follows on the palate. This is considered the shining star of saisons and with good reason! This is perfect for the remainder of your summer festivities.
Brouwerij Het Anker, Gouden Carolus, Cuvee Van De Keizer (blue)
These next two beers are related because they were brewed in honor of Emperor Karel of Belgium's birthday. The first, the blue label, is a strong dark ale. On the palate, you get notes of the roasted malts, caramel, and plum. This is a fantastic beer and was winner of best Belgian style strong in 2015. Come by and pick one up and you'll see why!
Brouwerij Het Anker, Gouden Carolus, Cuvee Van De Keizer (red)
This beer was brewed as a 10 year celebration for the the first brewing of the blue label. This is my favorite of the variants. On the nose you get hints of pear and grass. The added herbs give the beer a slight spice finish with a bit of boozy warmth. I highly suggest that you try this one.
Belgium has some of the best beers in the world and has something for every time of year. The lighter options are perfect for your remaining summer activities and the dark ales will be sure to keep you warm at home this fall and winter. As always, you can follow us on UNTAPPD at Colonial Wine & Spirits to see what we have to offer and my personal UNTAPPD (jliddy09) to see what beers I've been trying lately.