In our journey to discover the different types of beers that exist around the world we have discovered the difference between lagers and ales, and looked at pilsners, IPA’s and stouts. In this blog we are going to look at even more types of beers including porter, Belgium beer and wheat beer.
Porter is often confused with stout as it is another dark beer that hails from the United Kingdom, they also contain ingredients that are common with stouts such as dark roasted and chocolate malt. Porters have more of a chocolate taste to the palette than the coffee flavors of stout.
Allocated its own category, Belgium beer is known all over the world and is loved in America and Europe. Whilst the mass brewing of lagers took over the world, Belgium beer held firm to the roots of good beer making and production never wavered. Belgium produces possibly the best beer on the planet, with so many individual types and styles all very unique in taste and design. A common theme of Belgium beer is its strength, some of the Trappist brews are as strong as wine and can be pale ales, fruit beer, wheat beer, sour ales and dark ales. Nearly every individual beer is served in a glass unique to the beer, in Belgium beer is taken seriously and not just for swilling copious gallons of in a crowded pub. Trappist ales are the creme-da-la-creme, and beers such as Dubbel, Tripel and Delirium Tremens are respected as much as fine wines. If you were to order a Kwak beer then you might be surprised when a strange wooden apparatus, similar to something in a laboratory, arrives at your table and a glass with a round base is suspended in the frame. Some of the finest Belgium beers are: Rodenbach Grand Cru, Lou Pepe Gueuze, Ardenne Saison, St. Feuillien Blonde, Bourogne Des Flandres, Zinnebir, Goudenband, Westmalle Tripel, Chimay Triple, Orval, and Arend Tripel.
Wheat beers predominantly use malt which as the main ingredient, it gives the beer a light color which is often cloudy to the eye. Wheat beers often have a citrus hint to them and are refreshing to drink in the summer eating fruit. Typically, the Belgian wheat beers will have more alcohol content than American ones and taste fruitier than their North American neighbors. A good tip is to roll the bottle gently before pouring, this can reduce the cloudiness a little.
Sour Beer has become more popular in recent years especially in the US, where palettes have developed to enjoy the tart lingering taste. There are some great sour beers on the market including: Flanders ale, Lambic beer, and Berliner Weisse beer. These types of beers are unique in taste and have the addition of fruits such as raspberry, cherry and even peach. They are quite different to any of the lagers, IPA’s or ales that have graced the beer scene in the past. The world of beer is far more varied than many people think, the choice of styles and types of beer is quite staggering and makes the booming craft and real ale explosion so interesting and desirable.