Belgium Beer

Beer Ratings

Well, one of the best things about Belgium is the beer, so I have devoted this page to beer only.

The photos can only be used as a guide to how the bottles look. A lot of the breweries put the same beer on different looking labels and sizes of bottles. I don’t care that much about the outside of the bottle so I have only one picture of each in spite of I may have had several different shapes of the same beer. The morale is: a nice bottle is good – but a full bottle is better.

Keep in mind that beer ratings always are very subjective, so be aware the ratings are fully my opinion on how the beers are. Just to be sure, I would try them all myself, if I were you….

Rating Levels:

TBR: To Be Rated – Not rated yet.

Very Bad: Undrinkable, use it for cleaning the bathroom.

Good: I will drink this if I get it for FREE.

Average: I would buy this myself if nothing better is available.

Good: I would buy this myself more than once.

Very Good: I’m going to buy an inventory of these!!!

Remember that all ratings are subjective and does not excuse you to NOT try them ALL!!!

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Name:

Kasteel Donker

Strength:

11%

Rating:

Very Good

Description:A great dark brown sweet beer with a bitter aftertaste, which makes the experience complete. I need to drink some more to verify this, I think…

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Name:

Leffe Bruin

Strength:

6.5%

Rating:

Very Good

Description:Sweet brown beer with a lovely smell. I love this beer, I can drink lots of this.

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Name:

Grimbergen Cuvee Speciale

Strength:

7.5%

Rating:

Very Good

Description:Excellent red-brown beer with a light taste of sweet berry.

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Name:

Reinaert Grand Cru

Strength:

9.5%

Rating:

Good

Description:A dark brown beer with a nice fruity aftertaste. A little bit too fruity to make the highest rating.

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Name:

Grimbergen Cuvee Ermitage

Strength:

7.5%

Rating:

Good

Description:A very good wheat beer – light taste but let down by a very sweet taste. I can only drink one or two of these in a row.

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Name:

Postel Tripel

Strength:

8.5%

Rating:

Good

Description:Very good triple with a smooth taste without getting boring. A slight bitternes just add to the experience without being to harsh.

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Name:

Postel Double

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Good

Description:Very nice brown beer with a sweet fruity aftertaste. I can drink lots of these!!!

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Name:

Postel Blonde

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Good

Description:A very smooth pale beer but with a little aftertaste of berry. I can drink lots of these.

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Name:

Maredsous Brune

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Good

Description:Dark bron beer with a very smooth and rich berry aftertaste.

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Name:

Ename Blonde

Strength:

6.5%

Rating:

Good

Description:Very good pale beer with a touch of sweetness.

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Name:

La Trappe Tripel

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Good

Description:A brown beer with an almost fruity taste. The aftertaste is fine and leaves a good impression of the beer.

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Name:

Ciney Blonde

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Good

Description:The sweetest light brown beer I ever tasted but as with the Ciney Brown it might be too sweet in the long run.

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Name:

Palm Speciale

Strength:

5%

Rating:

Good

Description:A amber beer with a taste of honey – a taste which makes you want more.

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Name:

Ciney Brune

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Good

Description:A brown beer with a very sweet taste without any negative aftertastes but the sweetness might get too much in the long run.

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Name:

Charles Quint Keizer Karel

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Good

Description:Having a slightly bitter pre-taste but turning into a wonderful sweet and round taste which is very delightful.

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Name:

Leffe Tripel

Strength:

8.4%

Rating:

Good

Description:An excellent pale beer with a slightly bitter taste but in a very nice way. If you don’t like brown beers then try this one instead.

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Name:

StFeuillien Blonde

Strength:

7.5%

Rating:

Good

Description:An excellent light brown beer. It has a nice slightly bitter aftertaste, but only to fullfill the sweet main taste.

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Name:

Grimbergen Tripel

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Good

Description:A great golden beer with a nice smell. This is one of the niciest golden beers available, you’d better try it.

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Name:

Grimbergen Blond

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Good

Description:A nice golden beer with a taste close to the Grimbergen Tripel, just not as strong. I actually prefer this beer to the Tripel.

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Name:

Grimbergen Double

Strength:

6.5%

Rating:

Good

Description:Dark brown beer with a nice sweet taste. This beer is very close to Leffe Bruin.

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Name:

Leffe Blond

Strength:

6.6%

Rating:

Good

Description:A very sweet light brown beer with a nice aftertaste. One of the best "blond" beers around! Be sure to buy it on tap.

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Name:

Hoegaarden Grand Cru

Strength:

8.7%

Rating:

Good

Description:A light brown beer with a nice bitter taste, but not too bitter.

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Name:

Chimay Blue

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Good

Description:This is a very good dark brown beer. It ‘s sweet with a very light bitter aftertaste. Buy a six pack!!!

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Name:

Brigand

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Good

Description:Fine light brown beer with a sweet bitter taste.

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Name:

Kasteel Blonde

Strength:

11%

Rating:

Good

Description:A great pale beer with an interesting body – let me have another one…

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Name:

Wittekerke

Strength:

5%

Rating:

Average

Description:A very good wheat beer – light taste but let down by a very sweet taste. I can only drink one or two of these in a row.

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Name:

Steenbrugge Tripel Blond

Strength:

8.5%

Rating:

Average

Description:White beer with a sweet taste but a slightly bitter aftertaste ruins the long term experience of the beer.

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Name:

Ename Double

Strength:

6.5%

Rating:

Average

Description:A nice brown beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Name:

Delirium Nocturnum

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Average

Description:Very dark brown beer with a bitter sweet taste. The beer is strong but uninteresting with a lack of good aftertaste.

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Name:

D’ Chouffe Bok 6666

Strength:

6.5%

Rating:

Average

Description:A biiiiiig brown beer 75cl – a great size but a less great taste. The dark golden brown beer has a strange aftertaste which makes it a half bitter sweet dark brown beer with a weird taste.

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Name:

D’ Chouffe Blonde d’Ardenne

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Average

Description:The best thing to say about this light brown beer is that it’s a very big bottle: 75cl! The taste is average with a touch of bitterness.

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Name:

La Trappe Quadrupel

Strength:

10%

Rating:

Average

Description:Sweet dark brown beer with a fruity taste but with a very bitter aftertaste.

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Name:

Le Fruit Defendu

Strength:

8.8%

Rating:

Average

Description:A fuzzy brown beer with bitter-sweet taste where the bitterness tend to overtake.

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Name:

Ciney Speciale

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Average

Description:A dark brown beer with an initially bitter taste which shifts into a sweet taste. The bitter start is too bitter for me and probably for most people.

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Name:

Brugse Tripel

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Average

Description:A light brown beer with a slightly bitter taste. The aftertaste is rather dull and leaves no lasting impressions.

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Name:

Karmeliet Tripel

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Average

Description:A light brown beer with a light bitter taste – a little bit like a German Weiss Beer – but then by a German Weiss Beer instead they are better.

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Name:

Leffe Radieuse

Strength:

8.2%

Rating:

Average

Description:Brown beer with a sweet bitter taste. The Leffe Bruin is better in my mind.

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Name:

LaGauloise Brune

Strength:

8.5%

Rating:

Average

Description:A dark brown sweet beer but with a strange light bitter aftertaste. If you want brown beer, then try another one.

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Name:

Kasteel Triple

Strength:

11%

Rating:

Average

Description:This white beer competes well with Germen Weissbeer. If you like Weissbeer, then try this, otherwise stay away from it. The taste is dull with an bitter aftertaste.

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Name:

Chimay Triple

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Average

Description:A nice golden beer with a light bitter aftertaste. It’s good, but if I have to pay for it I would buy something else.

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Name:

Westmalle Dubbel

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Average

Description:Dark brown sweet beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Name:

St.Bernardus

Strength:

10%

Rating:

Average

Description:Very dark brown beer with a sweet taste but a strange aftertaste.

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Name:

Rochefort

Strength:

11.3%

Rating:

Average

Description:A dark brown beer with a sweet taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste. The bitterness does not match the taste of the beer however why the lower rating.

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Name:

Kwak

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Average

Description:A nice brown beer with but with a very impersonal taste.

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Name:

Hoegaarden Blance

Strength:

5%

Rating:

Average

Description:Sweet white beer with a very heavy taste; drink one and you feel full.

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Name:

Hoegaarden Julius

Strength:

8.8%

Rating:

Average

Description:A slightly bitter beer with a golden colour. It’s a bit dull, but it’s ok to drink one…

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Name:

Corsendonk

Strength:

7.5%

Rating:

Average

Description:Nice white beer with a taste like the German Weissbeer, light bitter but joyful.

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Name:

La Guillotine

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Average

Description:Another theme beer but not really interesting. Stay away from nice pictures on bottles.

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Name:

Augustijn

Strength:

8%

Rating:

Average

Description:A beer behaving just like my ex: Sweet in the beginning and then turn bitter on you.

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Name:

Hougaerdse Das

Strength:

5%

Rating:

Average

Description:A nice pale beer with no major surprises but quite drinkable.

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Name:

Het Kapittel Pater

Strength:

6%

Rating:

Average

Description:A brown beer with a funny sweet/bitter and stale taste.

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Name:

Augustijn Grand Cru

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Average

Description:Same experience as little brother just stronger and slightly less bitter.

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Name:

Rodenbach

Strength:

5%

Rating:

Bad

Description:Eek, this is a fruit beer – not sweet but more like a dry cider. It has a red colour, but is unclear like a wheat beer.

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Name:

Maredsous Tripel

Strength:

10%

Rating:

Bad

Description:This white beer has a strange wood-like aftertaste. Tried two different bottles but both proved to have that taste. Maybe I should try another one?

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Name:

Delirium Tremens

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Bad

Description:A very bitter light brown beer. It feels like your delirium tremens already started when you began drinking the beer.

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Name:

Aulne Blonde

Strength:

7%

Rating:

Bad

Description:An interesting light brown beer with a bitter taste; I would prefer a Grimbergen instead.

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Name:

Westmalle Tripel

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Bad

Description:Golden brown but bitter taste. Stay with the dubbel if you like good beer.

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Name:

Aulne Brune

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Bad

Description:Light brown/pale beer with a weak taste. It’s strong but do not taste of much.

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Name:

Het Kapittel Abt

Strength:

10%

Rating:

Bad

Description:A pale beer with a very taste which gets worse by the sip. Can I really drink it all?

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Name:

St Louis Grande Reserve

Strength:

4.5%

Rating:

Very Bad

Description:Eek! This is the worst piece of …It’s made by spontaneous fermentation in the bottle and it just tastes…

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Name:

Orval

Strength:

6.2%

Rating:

Very Bad

Description:This light brown beer tastes like bitter sweet berries in a way that you would believe this is medicine.

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Name:

Het Kapittel Prior

Strength:

9%

Rating:

Very Bad

Description:This brown beer has a very bitter taste, almost like water with soap.

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Name:

Park Blonde

Strength:

6%

Rating:

TBR

Description:Just flushed this one down and forgot to rate it – oh well, then I have to try another one. Life is cruel.