Different beers

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Let’s face it, beer is probably the most favorite alcoholic beverages around the world. Although I am not a fan myself, I can appreciate the artistry that must go in to providing the different types, textures and flavors. Beer is made through a fermentation of natural products like wheat, barley, rice, corn or hops. The history of brewing beer goes …

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A Little History on Trappist Breweries

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Although Belgium beer is brewed throughout the country the best beer is produced by Monks.  Even though they are forbidden from partaking in the brew themselves they have a wonderful reputation for producing great beer.  These are called Trappist beers. Currently, there are only eight Trappist Monasteries in the world producing these beers with six of them located in Belgium …

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Ever Try Home Brew?

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  Have you ever thought about impressing your friends by serving them a quality brew but could not really afford Trappist beer at about 9 pounds ($12 a bottle)?  Well there might be a lot cheaper way to be equally impressive.   Have you ever considered brewing your own beer?  Like any hobby there is a learning curve so don’t …

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All you need to know about Trappist Westvleteren 12

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For serious beer drinkers indulging in the beverage to get just the right flavors can be a real challenge.  Understanding what a beer might taste like just from the name can be a daunting exercise.  If you are new to beer you may be lost and confused while trying to make a choice. There is regular beer, light beer, ales, …

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Westvleteren 10 favourite by the monks

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Westvleteren 10 brewed by the Saint Sixtus monks in limited production. This brew has been the favourite beer of the monks inside the abbey walls and was kept a secret for a long time. With 8.8% alc it’s a nice sweet triple pale ale beer with flavours of fruit and raisin, has a medium body and high carbonation. Westvleteren 10 can be …

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A Trappist Brewery In The United States – What?

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It’s true.  In addition to eight Trappist breweries in Europe centuries later a United States monastery followed suit and opened the first and only brewery in the United States so far in Boston, Massachusetts in 2013.   It is important to point out that “Trappist” does not denote a style of beer or brewery but is a trademark that indicates …

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Why Belgium Beer Is The Best

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Any type of skill comes from experience developed over time.  The same might be true for brewing beer.  Since beer has been brewed in Belgium since the middle ages when monasteries began brewing Trappist beer they have had a lot of time to practice their trade.   Belgium beer typically has a higher alcohol content than other beers due to …

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A Beer Drinker’s Dream Vacation

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Pretty much hand’s down the best beer produced in the world comes from Belgium produced by the Trappist monks.  But is their life beyond Belgium?  Of course there is and there are many other countries that are quite good at producing that sweet nectar called beer.   Here is a little insight into what you can expect when traveling to …

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Ever Hear of Trappist Beer?

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I have to admit I am not a beer drinker.  Never have been and at age 72 probably never will be.  But I thought I knew a little about beer and brewing it.  Then I got this request to write about Trappist beer breweries and got an education.   Right off the top I presumed it would be some of …

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Boring Belgium Produces Best Beer in the World

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Out of all the countries in Europe Belgium has often been tagged “boring” by its neighbors.  It is true it does not have the geological diversity of other counties like the snowcapped peaks of Switzerland, the Sandy beaches of Spain, or the deep forests of Germany.  But what it does have which to some, highly outweighs the lack of geological …

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