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Author: GringoFool Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 3294  
Subject: Re: Belgian Ales Date: 7/21/2001 1:40 PM
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I can certainly agree with you on the quality of Belgian brews (of all persuasions, be they ales, pilsners, trappists, lagers or whatever). I had the wonderful good fortune of spending two years in Belgium working on a project, and one of the many pleasures I had was to travel around the countryside, stopping in small cafes or restaurants (especially open air ones) and sampling something locally brewed.

There must be hundreds (thousands?) of different brands there, as the concept of the majors completely buying out the small local brewers hadn't (at least at that time) caught on yet. And it seemed like there were special glasses for each beer, each with it's own unique shape and the logo of the brewery, so that they'd never serve you a De Kooninck (spelling?) in a Duvel glass.

I think that's where I started to appreciate full bodied beers with real flavor. Of course, living in Belgium also did wonders for my knowledge of European wines.
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