HOME

TRADE ENQUIRIES

FOR HOME DELIVERIES

THE BREWERIES WHOSE BEER WE SELL

OUR BEER RANGE

INTRODUCTION TO BELGIAN BEER

NEWS

FAQs

Find out more about the 8 breweries, or just Email us now

THE BELGIAN BEER SHOP

providing a taste of Belgium to the Maltese Islands


We offer a number of beer styles often with a choice of beers in each style. Below are the styles and the beers. Each section starts with a description of the style. The styles are Trappist Blond,"Abbey" blonds,Tappist Dubbel, "Abbey" dark beers or dubbels, "Abbey" Tripels. Belgian Wheat/white beers, Trappists Strond Dark Ale, Other Very Strong Ales Flemish Amber Ale, Flemish Brown Ale, and finally fruit beers

We supply Van Steenberge beers, Duvel Moortgat Group beers and Trappist beers from the Westmalle, Rocheforte and Achel monasteries for home delivery and to bars, cafes, restaurants and shops in both Malta and Gozo

We also supply La Trappe Tripel for home delivery only in both Malta and Gozo and anso exclusively to Tad Dutch in Qala

TRAPPIST BLOND

Our Trappist Blond comes from Belgiums newest brewing Abbey

ACHEL BLOND

(vs)

8%

33cl

description to follow

ABBEY BLONDS

These are light golden Ales brewed by commercial breweries either under license from a functioning abbey or named after a non-functioning (possibly ruined) abbey. They are usually around 6-7% in strength. A hugely popular style that was possibly first brewed for the French market.

AUGUSTIJN BLOND

(vs)

7%

33cl

In 1295 the Augustinian friars started to brew Augustijn bier in their Gent monastery. In the Middle Ages many monks and priests brewed and sold their own beer. Often, the water was contaminated and that is why it was safer to drink beer, since it was boiled during the brewing process. In 1978 the Augustinian friars sought a new partner for the brewing of their Augustijn beer. Van Steenberge was a logical choice, since it was located near their St Stefunus monastery and Jozef Van Steenberge could fully live his passion for top fermented beers. In 1982 he relaunched Augustijn, with secondary fermentation is the bottle. A decision that the brewery has never regretted.

Augustijn Blond is a beer for every occasion. When you drink the beer at a young age (up to 3 months after bottling), you will experience a fruity and hoppy taste. When the beer is more mature, it gets a deeper colour and a more pronounced flavour. It is amber blonde in colour with white foam head. The aroma is of malt, fruit and hop. The taste is mild combination of malt and hops with light touch of vanilla.The after taste is lightly bitter and soft.

Augustijn Blond recently won "Best Beer" at Latin America’s most important beer competition, th 2011 Copa Cervezas de America, beating hundreds of entries from all over the world

MAREDSOUS 6

(dm)

6%

33cl

The Benedictina Abbey of Maredsous near Dinant licenses its name to 3 beers brewed by Duvel Moortgat. Their Maredsous 6 is an easy drinking Blonde with a balance of graininess and aromatic hop and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Trappist DUBBELS

To call a beer TRAPPIST they nust be brewed at an abbey under the supervision (at least) of the monks residing there. These are dark malty Ales are usually around 6-7% in strength. Abbey dubbels below, follow the style of the famous Westmalle Dubbel produced at the Abbey of our Beloved Lady of the Sacred Heart at Westmalle near Antwerp

WESTMALLE DUBBEL

7%

33cl

Westmalle Dubbel is very dark and full of flavour. The flavour is rich and complex, herby and fruity with a fresh-bitter finish .

ABBEY BROWNS/DUBBELS

These are dark malty Ales brewed by commercial breweries either under license from a functioning abbey or named after a non-functioning (possibly ruined) abbey. They are usually around 6-7% in strength. Abbey dubbels follow the style of the famous Westmalle Dubbel produced at the Abbey of our Beloved Lady of the Sacred Heart at Westmalle near Antwerp

BORNEM DUBBEL

(vs)

7%

33cl

Bornem Dubbel is a lively abbey beer that, after its first fermentation in the barrel, nicely evolves during its second fermentation in the bottle. Soft as velvet, this dubbel with a warm darkbrown colour and burgundy undertones has a fruity taste and hoppy after taste. Its creamy, rich and firm foam head crowns it.

MAREDSOUS 8

(dm)

8%

33cl

Moortgat's Maredsous 8 is a fine well balanced, strong deep brown dubbel that is both sweet and fruity and bitter too. If bottles are kept to mature the beer develops a stout like flavour as it ages..

Trappist Tripels

To call a beer TRAPPIST they nust be brewed at an abbey under the supervision (at least) of the monks residing there. These are golden fruity Ales are usually around 8-9% in strength. Abbey tripels below, follow the style of the famous Westmalle Tripels produced at the Abbey of our Beloved Lady of the Sacred Heart at Westmalle near Antwerp

WESTMALLE TRIPEL

(dm)

9.5%

33cl

Westmalle Tripel is a complex beer with a fruity aroma and a hop scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. An exceptional beer, with a great deal of finesse and elegance. And with a splendid long aftertaste

ABBEY TRIPELS

These are strong golden Ales brewed by commercial breweries either under license from a functioning abbey or named after a non-functioning (possibly ruined) abbey. They are usually around 8-10% in strength. Abbey tripels follow the style of the famous Westmalle Tripel produced at the Westmalle Abbey

BORNEM TRIPEL

9%

33cl

BORNEM TRIPEL tastes hoppy and full with an excellent sweet-bitter balance. Its pleasant scent and nice foam head make this beer a winner in its kind. BORNEM TRIPEL is a powerful beer to enjoy as dessert or as appetizer, or with mussels or other seafood, or even a hearty cheese platter.

MAREDSOUS 10

10%

33cl

Moortgat's Maredsous 10 is an orangy-blond big sweet tripel nudging into a barley wine..

Trappist Strong Dark Ales

To call a beer TRAPPIST they must be brewed at an abbey under the supervision (at least) of the monks residing there. The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy near Rochefort has a small brewery with a huge reputation for strong dark ales - they only brew dark beers.

ROCHEFORT 8

9.2%

33cl

Rochefort 8 is their main product, it is dark and fruity

ROCHEFORT 10

11.3%

33cl

Rochefort 10 is 11.3% alcohol and very complex. A sipping beer, a night cap on a cool winters night, a dessert after a meal, an alternative to port. And its expensive too.

WALLONIAN BLOND ALE

Most of our beers are brewed in the Flemish half of Belgium. The French speaking Wallonia is home of a number of strong spiced blond ales with one of the best if not the best being produced at Achouffe in the Ardennes

LACHOUFFE

(dm)

8.%

33cl

LA CHOUFFE is an unfiltered blonde beer which is re-fermented in the bottle. It is pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander, and with a light hop taste. It is also famous for the elves that feature on the bottle and glass

STRONG GOLDEN ALE

This style was effectively created by Moortgat family brewery. They called the beer Duvel (flemish for Devil as during its creation some one had remarked that it was a devil of a beer! It has many imitators but we have the original

DUVEL

(dm)

8.5%

33cl

Duvel is a special bottle conditioned ale that takes 90 days to brew. It is well hopped with Saaz Saaz znd Styrian Goldings. It has a dry aroma and slightly bitter after taste. It is probably Belgiums most famous ale and is available the world over

VERY STRONG ALES

Barley wine is an English term used to describe wine strength ales. This description seems appropriate for our next two beers

PIRAAT

(vs)

10.5%

33cl

Piraat islight-amber coloured ale with full foam head and aroma of bittery, spicy, malty and alcoholic scents. What follows is a perfect combination of malty, sweet and hop bitter tastes, after which you are drowned in a very long, semi-sweet after taste with bitter undertone. A tremendous digestive beer that delights your tastebuds.It is an adventure of a beer, a real treat.

PIRAAT TRIPEL HOP

(vs)

10.5%

33cl

A much more hop-forward version of Piraat

GULDEN DRAAK

(vs)

10.5%

33cl

Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent. Legend says the gilded dragon first featured on the prow of the ship with which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson left on a crusade in 1111. He offered the statue to the emperor of Constantinople (Istanbul) to put it on the cupola of the Aya Sophia. Some hundred years later, the Flemish count Baldwin IX had the showpiece transported to Flanders, and the Norwegian dragon ended up in the the city of Brugge (Bruges). After the battle of Beverhout in 1382, the inhabitants of Ghent took the dragon as war booty and put it on top of their Belfry. In the Belfry is where all communal charters were kept, and the dragon had to protect these documents and it was also the symbol of the freedom and might of the city. This imposing symbol has lasted for over 6 centuries and so needs an equally imposing beer named after it.

Gulden Draak is a dark tripel (or barley wine), which in itself makes it an exceptional beer. But it is the complex taste with hints of caramel, roasted malt and coffee in combination with the creamy hazel head that makes it unique. Gulden Draak is a top fermentated beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle. For this secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used, and this contributes to the unparalleled taste.And of course, a unique beer deserves a unique presentation. That’s why Gulden Draak is presented in a white bottle with the a black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters.

Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or a dessert (Tip: Replace the whisky in Irish coffee by Gulden Draak) or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax.

GULDEN DRAAK QUADRUPEL 9000

(vs)

10.5%

33cl

The new recipe, on basis of 3 different kinds of malt added in a volume of 4 times the content in lager, provide the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple with a deep golden amber colour and a fruity scent. Together with the smooth and subtle sweet taste this ensures this a wonderfully accomplished bouquet. Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple is top fermented with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. A wine yeast is used for this secondary fermentation, which also contributes to the grandiose taste.

WHITE/WIT/WHEAT BEER

These beers are brewed using wheat and barley rather than just barley. The use of wheat as well as barley is traditional to Germany and Belgium and is now finding favour with some British breweries too. Served cold the beers are cloudy, almost white in colour, have a refreshing light taste and are lightly spiced.

Peter Celis reintroduced White Beer to Belgium in the late 1960s, brewing in the town of Hoegaarden. His brewery flourished but sadly a major fire in the 1980s meant he needed considerable finance to continue. This was provided by Interbrew (Stella Artois), who bought Hoegaarden from Peter in 1990. And they still brew the beer today in Hoegaarden and export it world wide but no at present to Malta, but we do have

CELIS WHITE

(vs)

5%

25cl

For his next project Peter Celis decided to introduce Belgium's rich brewing tradition to America and in 1992 built a brewery in Austin, Texas. He repeated his success story with many Americans enjoying Belgian style white beer - Celis White as he called it. In 1996 the American brewers Miller bought the Texas brewery, then in 2000 closed it and in 2002 sold the equiptment to a small Michigan brewer ! (Miller was subsequently bought by South African Breweries).

Peter moved back to Belgium and contracted his beer to the Belgian brewery De Smedt who were then taken over by Heineken! And Finally Van Steenberge has now won the contract from Celis to brew Celis White which is flourishing at its new home.

VEDETT EXTRA WHITE

(dm)

5%

33cl

Duvel Moortgat's wheat beer has a refreshing crisp mildly bitter taste with hint of citrus zest and has a dry finish

FLEMISH AMBER ALE

Amber Ale was the everyday beer before the rise of Pils/lager. Many Flemish breweries still produce an amber ale with the most famous being Antwerp's De Konninck. These beers are similar to traditional English Bitter and Dusseldorf's Altbier

BRUEGEL

(vs)

5.2%

33cl

In the second half of the 16th century, Bruegel was the best painter of his time. Today Bruegel is one of the best of Belgium's amber ales. Unlike some, Bruegel is a living beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle. Its full bodied flavour, refreshing after taste and aromatic head make the second bottle all the more inviting. Van Steenberge's Bruegel is also a great-tasting refreshing alternative to lager. The ideal drink to have with lunch. This beer combines well with all spices, from a hearty warm meat dish to a spicy salad.

FLEMISH BROWN ALE

This is an ancient style of beer that only still exists in Flanders. The beer is aged for several years at the brewery and the beer is dark, fruity, and a little sour but very refreshing. Flemish brown ale is used in Belgian cooking in dishes like Gent's signature dish - Stoverij, which is a slow cooked beef stew.

LIefmans Goudenband will hopefully be added to the range during 2013

8%

37.5cl

Goudenband is an extaordinary beer. It has a malty spicy aroma, a smooth dry body with hints of caramel, malt and nutty notes. It is an excellent accompaniment to goats cheese. It comes in 37.5cl corked bottles, hand wrapped in tissue paper

FRUIT BEERS

There's ancient style of beer still brewed in the area around Brussells that creates beer that is refreshing but from mildly sour to very sour. If such a thought grabs your attention, when in Belgium look out for LAMBICS and OUDE GUEUZE. But such beer would offend some so there is an equally ancient tradition of adding cherries to the brewing process, so alleviating the sourness with the sweetness of the cherries. These cherry 'kriekenbiers' became widely popular and other fruit beers are now produced too

There is an equally ancient practice in Oudenaarde of using Flemish Brown Ale in place of the Lambic when making Kriekenbier

Liefmans Cuvee Brut

6%

37.5cl

Since taking over Duvel have renamed Liefmans Kriek as Cuvee Brut and it too is still an extaordinary beer. The creation of Cuvee Brut starts with whole cherries been soaked in old brown ale in large shallow tanks. The mixture is matured for a year before being blended with more old brown ale and Goudenband (above). Cuvee Brut has a hazy cloudy appearance, is red-brown in colour but with a rose head. The aroma is of cherries, wood and almond, the initial taste is fruit with perfumy flavours evolving and lingering.. It comes in 37.5cl corked bottles hand wrapped in tissue paper. The picture is one of the last using the old name and wrapper

Liefmans Fruitesse

4.2%

25cl

This is a new beer that starts with a base beer being matured on cherries in the Liefmans cellars for 18 months after which it is blended with bilberry, elderberry, strawberry and rasberry juices. The result is fruity, sweet and sparkling. The brewery recommend serving it "on the rocks"

IN SLIEMA & GZIRA

THE SALISBURY ARMS

RENO BAR

TIME SQUARE

TIMES GONE BY, GZIRA

DIXIES KIOSK

JACK OF ALL TRADES

OUTLETS ST JULIANS

SUN IN SPLENDOUR

ELEMENTS ROCK CAFE

ANDREWS BAR, ST GEORGES BAY

OUTLETS VALLETTA

DEUX BARONNES

OUTLETS IN QAWRA & BUGIBBA

QUANDERO'S COFFEE HOUSE

THE GEORGE PUB

HABITS CASH & CARRY

OUTLETS IN MELLIEHA

REFLECTIONS

MELLIEHA HOLIDAY CENTRE

OTHER OUTLETS ON MALTA

GROTTO TAVERN, RABAT

GATTOPARDO, MDINA

FRA GUISEPPE, BALZAN

CAFE SANTA LUCIA, ATTARD

SMART SUPERMARKET, BIRKIRKARA

PAVI SUPERMARKET, QORMI

OUTLETS IN GOZO

THE GLASSBOX. MARSALFORN

MURELLA, MARSALFORN

TAD-DUTCH, QALA

ABRAHAMS SUPPLIES, XEWKIJA

CHEZ AMAND, QBAJJAR

THE CAPTAINS TABLE, XLENDI