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A Beginner’s Guide to Belgian Beer Styles

“Belgian beer” is a phrase you’ve likely heard a lot if you associate with anyone who’s into beer. But which beer styles are Belgian, and what are they like? Learn all about the classic brews with this Belgian beer primer from Serious Eats.

And not only are the beers of Belgium vast in quantity, they’re vast in quality, diversity, and cultural importance. Every beer that we credit to the country’s name seems to have a history and character that’s independent of its neighbors on the shelf. If you’re put off by intensely bitter IPAs or bland canned lagers, the Belgian beer section at your local bottle shop may be a good place to start your love affair with beer.

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Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.