The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow

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Trappist and Abbey Ales

The Dubbels, Tripelsn and Strong Ales that fall into this category don’t represent a single style but rather a family of beers, brewed using traditional techniques that can be traced back to a time when abbeys produced beer as a safer alternative to unreliable drinking water.

 

Only beer brewed under direct supervision of Trappist monks can be designated as a Trappist Ale, and there are only seven such breweries in the world: Orval, Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, Achel, Westvleteren, and La Trappe. Of these, La Trappe is the only one that exists outside of Belgium.

 

Abbey Ales can be thought of in two categories: those with a legitimate connection to a monastic order and those connected only by a trail of paper and royalties. Try every one you can get your hands on. Dubbels work nicely with barbeque, steak and hearty stews. Tripels are great with spicy Cajun food.

Ryley Hartt