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Beers!! Delicious! Enticing! Belgian!

Been travelling for over a week now, and this is the first chance I got to do some updates. It will be quick, and about BEER!!

One of my goals back here is to try as many different beers as I can :-) I didn't take photos of them all, but here are a couple from the UK (OK one is a cider I know :-P)
English beer cider

I found out that Cornish beers/ales are generally pretty nice and smooth. Also, because the weather is kind of cold, warmer ales are much nicer than a cold lager!

Arriving in Belgium, we stopped at the first petrol station for some food, and here was the choice of beers (aaahhhhhh....)
Belgian motorway choice of beers

I have to say, I wonder about the wisdom of serving beers in a motorway cafe, but I was not complaining :-P

We had a 'Blanche' and a 'Kriek'
Kriek Belle-Vue and Hoegaarden Blanche with glasses

'Kriek' is cherry beer, usually the best type of fruit beer - refreshing tartiness. Note also that each has its own special type of glass.

Next day, to the supermarket - here are the shelves packed full! (and some more were around the corner of the aisle)
Belgian supermarket choice of beers

This is just the fruit beers
Belgian supermarket choice of fruit beers

There is also a new Hoegaarden - a kind of lighter beer (3%) with lemon or 'Rosee' flavour. I didn't try the 'Rosee' but the lemon was quite nice. Good midway between shandy (sweet and too fizzy) and proper beer.
Hoegaarden Citron and Rosee

These are some of the others:
Belgian beers - Kasteel, Grimbergen, Rodenbach, Palm

My favourite has to be Grimbergen, but the Rodenbach is interesting: it's matured in oak casks and has a rich fruity flavour.

We're off to France soon, so that will be more wine (French beer is not so good) and food :-)


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