Blond Beers from Belguim

Blond beers are also known as gold ales and the color they have varies greatly. There are some whose color is a very pale straw like color and others it is golden blond. What you will notice with them all is that they are clear, crisp and dry, with a slightly bitter taste. Also although they do have some fruitiness to them this is not something that detracts from the beers aroma or taste.

These kinds of Belgian beers have a very high alcohol content compared to that of the more traditional kinds of pilsners being brewed in Belgium. Plus the ones we mention in this article have only been brewed since the 20th Century and yet are one of the most popular of all the Belgium beers one can now drink.

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.

Originally the beer known as Duvel was called the Victory Ale and was produced in 1918 to commemorate the end of the First World War. However, during the 1920's one of the beers more avid drinkers was believed to have referred to it as "a real devil" because it was so potent (8.5% alcohol content) and so the beer was then renamed and that name remains with it today.

Duvel beer is the blond beer that other blond beers aspire to be and is made through the brewing of pilsner malt, white sugar and Syrian Goldings and Saaz hops. It is these ingredients combined with the brewing method that given this beer a very distinctive and full flavor.

Another one of these beers which is very popular not just in Belgium but France also is that known as Leffe Blonde. This again has its own very distinctive flavor which is a slight almond one. Originally it was produced by Monk's at the Leffe Monastery for their own consumption but after being forced to leave during the French Revolution and the brewery destroyed.

The Canons finally returned to Leffe Abbey in 1902 however production of this beer did not commence again until 1952. This time it was to be done on a commercial basis as the Abbey went into partnership with the Flemish brewery of Lootvoet based in Overijse. Although the beer is no longer produced by this brewery but by the Stella Artois one in Leuven the agreement originally set up in 1952 is still in place and the Abbey continues to receive royalties from the sales of this beer.

As we previously mentioned at the beginning of this article there are many differences between traditional ales and beers and Blond beers. Not only is the alcohol content in them much higher a regular ale or beer has an alcohol content of around 4.5%, Blond beers also have a much richer color and flavor to them as well.

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