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The great discovery of Lambic
16
JUL
2019

The great discovery of Lambic

Lambic is the very first style of beer, invented by human kind probably over 30,000 years ago. Lambic means that the beer is spontaneously fermented, which means that the brewer did not add any...
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Belgian Beer Corner: Augustijn
10
JUL
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Augustijn

Augustijn is a 'living' abbey beer with 8 % alcohol by volume that had been brewed by the Augustinian fathers of Ghent since 1295. In 1982, the recipe and distribution of the beer was taken over...
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How to enjoy Beer ?
02
JUL
2019

How to enjoy Beer ?

To fully appreciate beer, you need to put all of your senses to work: your eyes to see the color of the beer; your nose to smell the beer; your tongue to taste the beer and for mouthfeel; your...
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Yeast's effect on beer
28
JUN
2019

Yeast's effect on beer

Yeast's effect on beer is quite profound. Every molecule of water in beer (about 95 percent of its composition) passes through a yeast cell during fermentation. In some cases, and in certain...
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Food & Beer
25
JUN
2019

Food & Beer

Food and drink. A delightful marriage of gastronomic taste and texture. Belgian culture has long celebrated the union of fine food and a well-crafted beer. One need only look as far back as...
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Taste beer as a professional
21
JUN
2019

Taste beer as a professional

Before starting a beer-tasting session, there are two important elements that must be carefully controlled. First of all, there is the temperature at which the beer is served. A low temperature...
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Which chocolate you like the best: dark, milk or white?
21
JUN
2019

Which chocolate you like the best: dark, milk or white?

Officially, there are three kinds of chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.  Dark chocolate contains cocoa mass (also called cocoa liquor), cocoa butter and sugar. The...
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Belgian Beer Corner: Het Anker Brewery the maker of Gouden Carolus
19
JUN
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Het Anker Brewery the maker of Gouden Carolus

Het Anker (The Anchor) is a particularly historic brewery, being on the site of a former place where Nuns had a form of convent, a Begijnhof (Beguinage), where the nuns brewed; it is known that...
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Ancient books inspire Fathers to revive beer brewing in new Abbey microbrewery
14
JUN
2019

Ancient books inspire Fathers to revive beer brewing in new Abbey microbrewery

Grimbergen, known for its award-winning and sensorial Belgian beers, has today revealed it has received the permits to build a new microbrewery inside the walls of Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels....
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Belgian Beer Corner: Leute Bokbier
12
JUN
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Leute Bokbier

Leute Bokbier is a dark red heavy high fermentation beer that undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg. It has a very aromatic taste, not too distinctly sweet, yet full and...
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What is the best way to store chocolate bon-bons?
06
JUN
2019

What is the best way to store chocolate bon-bons?

Chocolate is susceptible to temperature, external odors and flavorings, air and light, moisture, and time. The fat and sugar it contains will absorb surrounding odors. Chocolate should be stored...
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Belgian Beer Corner: BRUGGE TRIPEL
06
JUN
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: BRUGGE TRIPEL

Brugge Tripel is a top-fermented amber beer with a very full and original taste which thanks its personality to a subtle mixture of first class malt, aromatic hops and water from our own wells....
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The seductive character of hops!
03
JUN
2019

The seductive character of hops!

The hop is a sort-of “magic wand” in the brewing process – the mysterious, seemingly inexplicable ingredient that imparts such individuality to beer. It seems innocent enough - a beautiful,...
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Belgian Beer Corner: Floreffe Belgian Beers from the LeFebre Brewery
27
MAY
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Floreffe Belgian Beers from the LeFebre Brewery

The Floreffe brand is currently brewed by Brasserie LeFebre, in the town of Quenast, not far from Brussels. This brand has been under their charge since 1876. However Floreffe beers date back much...
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Beer is an affordable luxury for women
23
MAY
2019

Beer is an affordable luxury for women

“Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” - Kaiser Wilhelm  Women who develop an appreciation for beer are a revered segment of the population. Although the number of...
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Belgian Beer Corner: Trappiste de Rochefort
21
MAY
2019

Belgian Beer Corner: Trappiste de Rochefort

"Trappiste de Rochefort" is a top-fermented dark beer. It is brewed and decanted within the Saint-Rémy abbey in Rochefort. The small dimensions of the Brewery enable the Trappist monks and their...
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Good Malt - Good Beer?  How does malt influence the storage properties of beer? Malt is the soul of beer!
17
MAY
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? How does malt influence the storage properties of beer? Malt is the soul...

Haze stability Beer has a tendency to develop chill hazes and permanent hazes during storage. Although malt quality plays an important role in this process, brewing technology has evolved to...
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Good Malt - Good Beer?  How does malt influence beer appearance? Malt is the soul of beer!
13
MAY
2019

Good Malt - Good Beer? How does malt influence beer appearance? Malt is the soul of beer!

Colour Malt contributes two classes of compounds to beer that impart colour: these are polyphenols and melanoidins. In addition, malt contributes an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase which...
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Do You Know... 13
06
MAY
2019

Do You Know... 13

Orval is one of those unusual beers, both in terms of its packaging and its taste. It is a very rich, complex, tasty beer and well worth a try.  This is a Trappist beer, brewed by the fathers...
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Delicate Pairings of Beer and Cheese
03
MAY
2019

Delicate Pairings of Beer and Cheese

Trappist monasteries and abbeys in Belgium have long understood the relationship between beer and cheese, often adding the factor of bread into the equation. Beer and cheese are the end products...
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