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Lagers are bottom-fermented beers, the most popular of which is the “Pils” or “Pilsener“.
Generally speaking, it presents a rather neutral profile in aromatic terms and is light on the palate. It is less fruity and less spicy.
On the other hand, the aromas of the basic ingredients, i.e. cereals and hops, stand out more. Lagers are usually served chilled (around 6°) in tall, narrow glasses to concentrate the aromas.
The saying goes, “All Trappist beers are Abbey beers, but not all Abbey beers are Trappist beers.”
Abbey beers historically refer to monastic life. They are generally high fermentation beers.
Today there are only 11 Trappist breweries in the world. The ATP acronym for Authentic Trappist Product guarantees compliance with the fermentation and brewing specifications and the authenticity of the product. It is made exclusively by or under the aegis of Trappist monks (Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance). And the beers must be brewed in or near an abbey.
Ales are top-fermented beers. They are distinguished by their colour and the type of malt used.
The most common varieties are :
- Brown ales made from kilned malt. They usually have a nice amber colour.
- The IPA (India Pale Ale) is a blonde ale, richer in alcohol and hops, which enables a better conservation. Pale ale is an ale made from light-coloured malts with little hops. It is moderately hopped.
- Scotch ale is a very malty, strong beer with low hops. It contains the same malt as those used to make whisky, which gives the beer a rather smoky taste.
- Saison type beers or farmhouse ales were historically brewed on Belgian farms for seasonal workers. Brewed in winter, they
were kept for a long time, giving them special flavors like Bières de Garde (“beers for keeping”). On the palate, it is distinguished by a dry and even slightly acidic finish.
Lambic is a spontaneously fermented beer brewed in the Pajottenland region of Belgium.
Lambic has in fact its own Designation of Origin.
Lambic is necessary to produce Gueuze Beers, as well as their fruity (Kriek) or sweet (Faro) variants and the oldest of them all: the Timmermans. These beers are unique! They are quite sour and lemony in their youth, and are known to be less bitter. Some of them have natural fruity aromas such as rhubarb, lemon, and red apple.