5 Belgian Beers to Try Before you Die

Heather Hanson Photography LLC
Heather Hanson Photography LLC

Who doesn’t love lists? Bucket lists are the ultimate proof of the life well-lived and this detailed list is the best of the best, the creme de la creme, must have Belgian Beers you should try before you die.

5. Silvius, Boom Island Brewing – An instant classic, this Belgian Pale Ale combines light hop bitterness and a toasted malt backbone with delicate peppery spiciness. It finishes medium to dry, with a hint of malt flavor returning for an encore. And boy, was it an encore.

4. Saison, Boom Island Brewing – Boom Island’s Saison is a traditional Farmhouse style beer brewed with barley, oats and a touch of rye, and you can taste it all. This beer has a  fluffy white head sitting on top of light copper colored beer. It has a smooth mouthfeel from the oats that slowly morphs into a collage of spice and light bitterness, which lingers into an assertively dry finish. There’s also a slight, heavenly citrus and orange aroma that accompanies it. 

3. Hoodoo, Boom Island Brewing – Rich with complex dark malt flavors accented deftly by banana, clove and low hop bitterness, Hoodoo Dubbel pours a lush deep brown with red highlights, a thick, long-lasting beige head, and light malt roast aroma. This outstandingly delicious, yet traditional 8.5% ABV Belgian boasts a slightly dry and even finish with bready malts coming forward at the very end.

2.Thoprock, Boom Island Brewing – The assertive hop bitterness of this Belgian IPA is balanced by a clear malty backbone. It finishes with the flowery, citrus flavor of West Coast hops. Its deceptive 8% abv is achieved through a special Belgian fermentation process. The end result is pure bliss.

1. Brimstone, Boom Island Brewing – This Belgian Tripel has nuanced yeast character, spices layered on subtle fruit notes and a long-lasting tight white head. Let this traditional 9.5% ABV Belgian Strong warm a bit to savor the full complexity of its light alcohols and spiciness. Brimstone finishes moderately dry with slight hop bitterness. Absolute perfection.

So if you haven’t tried Boom Island Beer yet, maybe you should! Happy April 1st…

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