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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Was John of Brabant a beer god? (2)

8 September 2016 by - No comments

Yesterday I congratulated Belgian beer writer Luc de Raedemaeker on his new enormous ‘Belgian Beer book’. Then I opened it and the first thing I read was: ‘Duke John of Brabant, also called Jan Primus…’ Are people still repeating this nonsense?


Was John of Brabant a beer god? (1)

You may have noticed him on the European mainland: the legendary beer king Gambrinus. Where does this ‘Santa Claus of beer’ come from? Was he the same person as duke John I of Brabant, as is often claimed?

Princesse from Zwijndrecht

Historical princesse beer by d’Oranjeboom is now available, in two flavours: brown and white. And for this white princesse I have now found a historical recipe. In a place called Zwijndrecht.

Princesse beer by d’Oranjeboom

Finally! Princesse beer is back on the market! This historical Dutch beer, for which I had found a recipe from the year 1866, is now available under the centuries old Oranjeboom brand. How and why? Read on…

Dutch faro and lambic revisited

To Belgians this may be blasphemy, but once there existed an ‘Amsterdams lambiek’. But how does it fit into the vision of lambic mythbuster Raf Meert? Or, why a ‘car’ isn’t always an automobile…

Lambic: the real story

Belgian lambic mythbuster Raf Meert made me see the light: we really didn’t know anything about the history of this beer type. Things were completely different than what we were told.

White beer from Etten anno 1783

Once in a while a recipe surfaces in a place where you don’t expect it. For instance I found a recipe from Etten-Leur, but strangely enough it was in Rotterdam.