Anyone who has been to Belgium can tell you that it is easily one of Europe's most overlooked countries. It's a place loaded with history and tradition that's as fascinating as it is charming. But on an everyday scale, outside all of the culinary and historical aspects, it may be hard to top the contributions it's made to the world of beer.
Especially before the great craft beer boom, Belgian beer has been a gateway for people looking for beer beyond the lawnmower variety. The one downside to this? Studying Belgian beer as an outsider can be confusing. And with more and more brewers popping out Belgian-style beers, now more than ever, it pays to know more about Belgium than simple Bloodsport quotes.
With that in mind (and a saison in hand), we're here to lay it all out in one spot, from what each style is to prime examples you can get in a US beer store (thus, you’ll see some American breweries in here). It may not make you a pro, but it’s a great place to get started (or excuse to "study up" on styles more often). You'll thank us the next time you’re in the beer aisle wondering exactly what a "framboise" is.