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Sainte Hélène Djean d’Mady

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009. Beer sellers: Beermania

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Èthe, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website:

Sainte Hélène La Djean d'Mady

Founded in 1999 by home brewer Eddy Pourtois, who named it after a street he walked down when working as a postman, Ste-Hélène, originally in Virton, has […]

Thiriez La Rouge Flamande

First published in BEER July 2007 as part of a piece on French beer. For more French beers see previous post. Beer sellers: Cave à bulles

ABV: 5.8 per cent Origin: Esquelbecq, Nord, France Website

Thiriez La Rouge Flamande

Like most place names around Dunkirk, the name Esquelbecq is originally Dutch – it […]

Du Bocq Gauloise Blonde

ABV: 6.3% Origin: Purnode, Namur, Wallonie Website:

Du Bocq Gauloise Blonde

1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

A full review of this beer is featured in the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, published May 2010 by Cassell Illustrated.

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Rulles JeanChris Numéro 1

A shorter version of this review was first published in BEER February 2010 as part of a piece about beers to taste with chocolate.

ABV: 6% Origin: Rulles, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website:,

Rulles JeanChris Numéro 1

Chocolate may seem a curious entry on the long list of foods that go better with beer […]

Westmalle Extra

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 4.8% Origin: Malle, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website:

Westmalle Extra

The Cistercian Trappist Abdij Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van het Heilig Hart van Westmalle, on the main N12 road between Antwerpen and Turnhout in the Belgian Kempen, is home to arguably the most influential, and alongside Chimay the most commercially active, of the Trappist […]

Binchoise / Belgoo Luppoo

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Binche, Hainaut, Wallonie Website:

Binche / Belgoo Luppoo

Historically, hop character hasn’t figured highly on the list of all the many and varied features of Belgian beers, which are better known for their richly malty, sweetish, sour and spicy flavours. According to lambic brewer Frank Boon, in […]

Koningshoeven La Trappe Blond

Originally published in BEER February 2006.

To read about more beers stocked by Morrisons, see previous post.

ABV 6.5 per cent Origin Berkel-Enschot, North Brabant, the Netherlands Buy from Morrisons, other supermarkets and specialist shops Website

Koningshoeven La Trappe Blond

In October 2005 the number of official Trappist breweries in the world rose […]

Du Bocq La Gauloise Ambrée

Originally published in BEER February 2006

ABV 5.5 per cent Origin Purnode, Namur, Belgium Buy from Morrisons, specialist shops Website

Du Bocq La Gauloise Ambrée

In March 2004, when Yorkshire-based grocer Morrisons turned itself into the fourth largest supermarket chain in the UK by swallowing up rival Safeway and converting all its stores, […]

Orval Orval

Originally published in What’s Brewing July 2005

Origin: Villers-devant-Orval, Luxembourg province, Belgium ABV: 6 per cent Buy from specialist suppliers Website


Orval is one of the world’s most unusual and distinctive ales as well as one of its finest. It’s one of the family of Belgian beers brewed under the supervision of […]