11 Facts About Abbey beers


Belgian Abbey beers have a range of colours, brewing methods, and alcohol levels.

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The "Abbey beer" logo and quality label is no longer used for beers given the name of a fictitious abbey, a vaguely monastic branding or a saint name without mentioning a specific monastery.

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White Abbey beers have a moderate light grain sweetness from the wheat used.

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Champagne style Abbey beers are generally ales that are finished "a la methode originale" for champagne.

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In Belgium "Grand Cru" is more often used than "Quadrupel", these Abbey beers are a mostly a blend of brews, which is often refermented as a blend.

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Belgian "special" Abbey beers are often served in elaborate branded beer glassware.

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Draught Abbey beers tend mostly to be pale lagers, wheat Abbey beers, regional favourites such as kriek in Brussels or De Koninck in Antwerp; and the occasional one-off.

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Customers who purchase a bottled beer can expect the Abbey beers to be served ceremoniously, often with a free snack.

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Belgium contains thousands of cafes that offer a wide selection of Abbey beers, ranging from perhaps 10 in a neighborhood cafe, to over 1000 in a specialist beer cafe.

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Cafes, exclusively or primarily offering Belgian Abbey beers, exist beyond Belgium in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, amongst others.

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Varied nature of Belgian Abbey beers makes it possible to match them against each course of a meal, for instance:.

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