7 things you didn't know about beer in Belgium

1. Fruit Beers

For non beer lovers

f you’re not a beer lover or just want to try something really different, you should try the fruit beers.

This type of beverage falls under the category of Lambic Beers, where whole fruits are added to the process, adding either a subtle or strong fruit flavor.

They often hold a red color and have a sweet taste. There are hundreds of different flavors to try, such as Liefmans Orange Bourbon, Crushed Chili or Mint & Lime.

2. Kwak

Best served in specialty glasses

Pauwel Kwak first brewed this beer in the 18th century. He also worked at a coaching inn along one of the roads nearby the city of Gent, where the mail coaches would often stop for a break.

The Napoleonic Code was still in function at the time, which meant that drivers were not allowed to leave their coach or drink with their passengers.

To solve this and make some extra money off the drivers, Kwak designed the special glasses that could be fixed to the carriages, so the drivers could enjoy cold beverages too.

3. Chimay Brewery

It's one of only eleven breweries to offer Trappist beer.

This brewery produces beer and cheese and is a popular tourist attraction. The beer is brewed in a monastery, and it is one of only eleven breweries to offer Trappist beer.

It was founded in 1862 and today it produces three widely distributed types of ale as well as tasty cheese.

4. Cenosillicaphobia

The actual fear of having an empty beer glass.

Cenosillicaphobia is the actual fear of having an empty beer glass.

For some, this seems to be a periodic state, typically during the summer, but you need not worry, a study published in American Journal of Epidemiology has shown that drinking a bottle of beer every day can reduce the risk of kidney stones by 40%.

So bottoms up.

5. Vielle Bon Secours

The world’s most expensive beer

Allegedly, the world’s most expensive beer called Vielle Bon Secours, costs $1000 for the grand 12 liter bottle.

The beer is (of course) Belgian, but can only be found at the Biendrome bar in London.

The large bottle has been stored for 10 years, with an alcohol volume of 8%.

A glass of this golden liquid will cost you around $50, and for that price, you will be able to savor the complex taste of toffee, caramel, citrus with liquor ice and aniseed undertones.

6. Land of breweries

Belgium has over 304 active breweries

It is impossible to have an exact number of brands of beer in the world. According to some estimates though, there are as many as 20,000, the most famous are from Belgium.

Most of these brands and types have their own respective glasses in which only that beer may be served.

7. Beer consumption

In 2020, beer consumption was just over 5.7 million liters (Belgium)

The average Belgian drinks about 240 250ml glasses of domestically produced beer a year, compared with about 440 such glasses in the mid-1980s.

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