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Blond Beers from Belguim

Jul 20, 2008
Blond beers are often referred to as gold ales as well and this is because of the color of the drink. The colors vary greatly from a soft straw like color to a much richer golden blond one. The one thing that these beers have in common is that they are clear, crisp and dry and have a slightly bitter taste to them also. Yes they are quite fruity as well but this does not actually detract from the beers taste or aroma.

These particular varieties of Belgian beer in fact will have a far higher alcohol content than the more traditional pilsners that the breweries produce. However, these have actually only been produced since the beginning of the 20th Century but their popularity has steadily increased.

The most well known and popular of the various different varieties of Blond beer produced in Belgium today is that called Duvel. When translated into English it means devil and this particular beer is produced by the Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat (Duvel Moortgat Brewery) which was founded in 1871.

This particular beer when first produced to commemorate the end of the First World War was named the Victory Ale. However, during the 1920?s its name changed after an avid drinker of the beer described it as ?a real devil?. This was believed to be in reference to the alcohol content of the beer which is 8.5% and the name was then changed to what it is known as today.

The Duvel beer is considered to be the definitive version of all Blond beers and contains pilsner malt, white sugar and both the hops from the Saaz and Syrian Goldings plants. It is these ingredients along with the brewing method that provide this beer with its very distinctive full flavor.

Another of the blond beers which is sold not only in Belgium but France also is the Leffe Blonde. Again it comes with its own distinctive flavor that has a slight almond taste to it. Although for many centuries it was brewed at the Leffe Monastery for the monks but during the French Revolution the monks were forced to abandon it and their brewery was destroyed.

Although the Canons returned to the Abbey in 1902 the brewery was not reinstated. But in 1952 the Monks provided their recipe to the Flemish based brewery Lootvoet situated in Overijse and production of the beer begun once more. Even though this particular beer is now brewed in the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven the Abbey still receives royalties from the beers sales as part of the partnership agreement set up in 1952.

The major difference one will notice between Blond beers and more traditional types of ales and beers is the alcohol content. Certainly most pilsners that one can now drink today have an average alcohol content of around 4.5%, but Blond beers certainly exceed this.
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A hugely popular type of blond beer is Trappist Beer which is brewed by Trappist Monks. As mentioned above Duvel Beer is another popular choice of beer which other brewers aspire to because of its excellent quality.
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