Lost Beers

The history of beer from The Netherlands (Holland), Belgium, France, and elsewhere. Looking for beer types of the past, now long gone. How did they taste? What did they look like? And why have they vanished?

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Gueuze in barrels (2)

13 March 2018 by - No comments

If gueuze was originally sold in barrels as wel, then what was it actually? And why is it a bottled beer almost by definition today? The answers have everything to do with the trade of gueuze blender itself.

Gueuze in barrels (1)

Gueuze: this spontaneously fermented beer belongs in a bottle. Right? So why do I keep finding old newspaper ads where gueuze is advertised… in barrels?

A lambic from Eastern Flanders from the early 1900s

If there is one Belgian beer of which its fans want to know all about its history, it has to be lambic. Therefore, a recipe for ‘a good brew of lambic’ from a village brewery in Schoonaarde in East Flanders was a great lucky find.

A pub guide to Ghent, 32 years later

At the Sunday book market in the Belgian city of Gent, I stumbled upon a 1985 pub guide. Which of course prompted a comparison: where are those pubs now? And: how is the beer doing, 32 years later?

Thanks marketing guys, for ruining Rodenbach forever

It has happened: the marketing people have effectively destroyed one of my favourite beers forever.

The original 17th century Tripel Karmeliet recipe

Tripel Karmeliet is one of Belgium’s most famous beers, brewed ‘according to a 17th century recipe from the Carmelite monastery in Dendermonde’. Which made me wonder: what recipe? Or: why real Carmelites are not allowed to brew this anymore.

East-Indian Haantjesbier

Last week’s Friday I had the honour of introducing the rebirth of a lost beer: Haantjesbier. 19th century rebellious Dutch writers were among its original drinkers. And it turned out to be a really good beer!