Our Belgian Beers

We’ve had an incredible selection of Belgian beer gracing our taps, encompassing the wide variety brewed in the country.

Our mission at Taste This Beer London is to try to introduce people to beers and styles they’ve never tried before, whether they are Belgian beer novices or connoisseurs. 

With approximately 180 breweries in the country,   ranging from international giants to microbreweries, producing something like 1,500 beers between them, there’s a lot to try.

Here’s our ever-growing list:

Trappistes Rochefort
Trappistes Rochefort 8 is a typical Belgian strong dark ale
(photo: beertourism.com)
Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Typically spicy and alcoholic, with lots of complexity within a delicate palate. Hop and malt character can vary, most are fruity and may have mild dark malt flavors.

The alcohol character can be deceivingly hidden or can be very bold and in your face.

Most will be light on the hops.

Noir de Dottignies (8.5%) by Brouwerij De Ranke

Slaapmutske Christmas (7.4%) by Brouwerij Slaapmutske

St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel (9%) by Brasserie St. Feuillien 


Westmalle Dubbel
Westmalle’s Dubbel has been imitated by other breweries across the world (photo: Trappist Westmalle)

Traditionally a Trappist Ale, dubbels (doubles) are a fairly strong brown ale with understated bitterness, fairly heavy body, and a pronounced fruitiness and cereal character.

A rich malty beer with mild hop bitterness.

Affligem Dubbel (6.8%) by Brouwerij Affligem

Grimbergen Dubbel (6.5%) by Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Slaapmutske Dubbel Glutenvrij (7.4%) by Brouwerij Slaapmutske

Westmalle Dubbel (7%) by Brouwerij Westmalle


Saison Dupont
Saison Dupont  is a coppery blond beer first brewed in 1844
(photo: beertourism.com)
Farmhouse Ale/SAison

Saisons (French for ‘season’) are farmhouse ales traditionally brewed in the winter to be drunk in the summer.

They vary significantly, but saisons tend to be semi dry, very fruity in aroma and flavor.

La Chouffe Soleil (6%) by Brasserie d’Achouffe

Saison de Dottigines (5.5) by Brouwerij De Ranke

 De Bosgeus Heuvellands Blond (6.8%) by Brouwerij De Graal


Duchesse de Bourgogne
Duchesse de Bourgogne is a top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8- and 18-month old beers
(photo: Drink Vegan Beer)
Flanders Red Ale

Often described as the most wine-like of all beers, long periods of aging are employed, often in oak barrels.

Red malt gives the beer its colour and the matured beer is often blended with a younger batch before bottling to balance and round the character.

Infamous for their distinct sharp, fruity, sour and tart flavors which are created by special yeast strains. No hop bitterness.

Bourgogne des Flandres
Bourgogne des Flandres
(photo: beertourism.com)
Flanders Oud Bruin

Extremely varied, Oud Bruins are characterized by a slight vinegar or lactic sourness and spiciness to smooth and sweet. 

Low to medium bitterness with no hop bitterness.

Typically old and new brown ales are blended, hence the name Oud Bruin (‘old brown’ in Dutch).

Bourgogne Des Flandres Bruin (5%) by Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin (5.5%) by Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste


Liefmans Fruitesse
Liefmans Fruitesse (photo: Liefmans)
Fruit Beer

Usually ales with fruit, fruit juice or fruit syrup added instead of sugar to the first brew and refermented.

Fruit flavour usually dominates with malt flavor typically hidden and a low hop bitterness.

Grisette Bosvruchten (3.5%) by Brasserie St. Feuillien

Hoegaarden Rosee (3%) by Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Liefmans Fruitesse (3.8%) by Brouwerij Liefmans

Liefmans Yell’oh (3.8%) by Brouwerij Liefmans


XX Bitter by Brouwerij De Ranke
XX Bitter by Brouwerij De Ranke
(photo: beesononbeer)
Belgian IPA

Inspired by the American India Pale Ale (IPA) and Double IPAs, Belgian IPA is very much a style in development – many candidates could easily fit in other categories. 

Various malts are used, but Belgian IPAs are typically finished with Belgian yeast strains and using American hops.

Expect a pronounced dry hoppy edge, something between an American IPA crossed with a Belgian Tripel.

L’Arogante (7.2%) by De Proefbrouwerij

Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA (5.5%) by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat

XX Bitter (6.2%) by Brouwerij De Ranke


Mort Subite by Brasserie Alken-Maes
Mort Subite by Brasserie Alken-Maes
(photo: deredactie.be)
Lambic – Fruit

Lambic is fermented through exposure to wild yeasts and bacteria native to the Zenne valley, as opposed to cultivated strains.

This gives the beer its distinctive dry and cidery flavour, typically with a sour aftertaste.

In fruit lambics, whole fruits are traditionally added after spontaneous fermentation has started. Some breweries opt to use fruit / sugar syrups.

Boon Kriek (4%) by Brouwerij Boon 

Framboise Boon (5%) by Brouwerij Boon 

Mort Subite Kriek Lambic (4%) by Brouwerij Mort Subite

Timmermans Peche Lambic (4%) by Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin


Brugse Zot by De Halve Maan brouwerij
Brugse Zot by De Halve Maan brouwerij
(photo: Buddhabar)
Belgian Pale Ale/Blond/Golden

Dominating the Belgian beer scene, Belgian pale ales are a light variation on pale ale, often made with pilsner malt.

They are traditionally less bitter than other pale ale varieties, using aged hops  and having sweetish to toasty malt overtones. 

Ranging from pale straw yellow to amber hues, most are accompanied by thick white heads. Flavors and aromas vary.

Brugse Zot (6%) by Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Chimay Doree (4.8%) by Biers de Chimay

Duvel Single (6.8%) by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat

Grimbergen Blonde (6.7%) by Brouwerij Alken-Maes

La Rulles Estivale (5.2%) by Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles


La Chouffe by Brasserie d'Achouffe
La Chouffe by Brasserie d’Achouffe
(photo: Achouffe)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale/Blond/Golden

Like a Belgian pale ale, but higher alcohol content, ranging from hidden to spicy to evidently present. 

Most are fruity and quite hoppy, but hop flavor and aroma will generally be within the low range and balanced.

La Chouffe (8%) by Brasserie d’Achouffe

Kwak (8.4%) by Brouwerij Bosteels

Ramee Blond (8%) by Abbaye de la Ramée


Juplier by Anheuser–Busch InBev
Juplier by Anheuser–Busch InBev

Not a particularly distinctive Belgian beer, light straw to golden color and crystal clear. Hops are very prevalent usually with a spicy bitterness and or a spicy floral flavor and aroma.

Smooth and crisp with a clean malty palate, many are grassy. 

Cristal (5%) by Brouwerij Alken-Maes


Gouden Carolus Tripel by Brouwerji Het Anker
Gouden Carolus Tripel by Brouwerji Het Anker
(photo: beertourism.com)

Strongly resembling a Belgian strong pale ale and traditionally bright yellow to gold in colour.

Long-lasting head, with spicy, fruity and alcohol flavours supported by
a soft malt character. Medium to high bitterness with substantial carbonation.

High in alcohol and dry. 

Gouden Carolus Tripel (9%) by Brouwerij Het Anker

La Rulles Triple (8.4%) by Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles

Tripel Le Fort (8.8%) by Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Ramee Ambrée (7.5%) by Abbaye de la Ramée

Slaapmutske Tripel (8.1%) by Brouwerij Slaapmutske


Blanche de Bruxelles by Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Blanche de Bruxelles by Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
(photo: camrgb.org)

A refreshing,  moderate strength wheat-based ale.

Very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat. Always spiced, crisp with a slight twang.

Watou’s Wit Bier (5%) by Leroy Breweries