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100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die! Paperback – 1 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CAMRA Books (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852492481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852492489
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 Belgian Beers To Try Before You Die includes all of the important information about each beer as well as the breweries that make them, and the cafes where they may be enjoyed... the book embodies the beer culture it's about. --All About Beer

About the Author

Tim Webb has been an active leader in the beer consumer market for more than 20 years. He has run the Great British Beer Festival and was co-founder of CAMRA's first publishing company. He wrote the first edition of the Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Holland in 1992, which is now in its 5th edition. In 2004 he co-authored LambicLand, a full-colour two-language guide to the disappearing breweries and old cafes of Brussels and Payottenland. Jorris Pattyn has been tasting and writing about beer for 30 years. In 1985 he was a founder member of De Objectieve Bierprovers (the Belgian beer consumer group). He has been a judge at the Great American Beer Festival, Great British Beer Festival and Beers Russia. He co-authored LambicLand with Tim Webb in 2004 and is a regular contributor to websites such as the Burgundian Babble Belt, Belgisch Bier Cafe Index and RateBeer.com


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Despite the alarming cover - one that reads '100 Beers You Die' in dim lighting - this new book is a necessary part of any beer lover's library. Actually it's more than that - I'd go so far as to say a necessary part of any drink lover's library. Anyone who hasn't already become a convert to the deeply lovable and labyrinthine mysteries of Belgian brewing, but loves a fine burgundy, for instance (or even a supermarket screwtop Chilean) should rush to purchase this before their omission is discovered and public shame ensues. Belgian beer is something everybody should know about. It's a "Little world, an everywhere", as is the (much misunderstood and maligned) country from which it springs. Buy this book and rush over there. Stay in a rustic cottage by a watermill, where cows swish their tails in meadows and painterly arrangements of fields and houses disappear into the treeline, and get on your bike or into your hire car and go taste those beers. Alternatively, go to Sainsbury's and hold a kitchen tasting.

It's all here - the breweries, the beers, the tasting notes, but what separates this from the (frankly dull) run of the mill beer volume is not only wisdom but WIT. Joris Pattyn, a Belgian beer writer/activist is partnered here by the superlatively talented Tim Webb, without doubt Britain's most readable beer expert - see also his GOOD BEER GUIDE BELGIUM.
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"100 Belgian beers to try before you die" is at once opinionated, witty, informative and one of the best books on beer (Belgian or not) published for several years.

The format is easy on the eye, with the beers well described; sometimes there are as many as five beers from the same brewery (Cantillon in Brussels and Dupont in Hainault take the honours here), while the new-brewer-on-the-block, the Senne Brewery, is represented by their three best beers - an astonishing achievement for a new brewery which has only brewed for two years.

Listings of UK and USA beer importers, and information on visiting Belgian breweries are all helpful. The "head of the glass" for me is the stunning photography: not the photos of bottles and other "easy" shots, which anyone with a digital camera can take these days, but the really atmospheric double-page "action" photos of the interiors of La Porte Noire, Moeder Lambic and Deliriumcafé in Brussels: photos of the very highest quality, taken in specialist "temples of beer" of equally high quality.

Beer fans with long (or out-dated) memories will look in vain for commercial or industrial beers. Hence no beers from the people who put the Grim into Grimbergen, nor the highway Brigands, while In-Bev is, of course, not at all listed as they gave up brewing beer a long time ago.
Authors Joris Pattyn and Tim Webb have shown that there is life after Leffe, and the reader will surely be encouraged to order NOT their usual beer, but one of the hundred beers recommended in this book - maybe a beer fresh, hoppy, spritzy and full-flavoured; words which well describe the book itself.
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As a relative novice to Belgian beers (previously sticking to british real ales) I found this book very informative, well written and easy to navigate. It's organised alphabetically by brewery, which makes it easy to find the particular beer you want info on. I know this seems fairly obvious but some beer books are organised, for example, by beer style - well that's fine if you are absolutely sure of the style of beer you are drinking but considering experts cannot always agree on whether a particular beer is a particular style where does that leave us mere mortals? There is also information given on each brewery and its history which is both interesting and informative. The reviews themselves are done with passion and flare and are a great aid to a novice like me when tasting and smelling these wonderful brews. Also useful is the information on who imports the beer, brewery open days and so on. It is just a very well thought out little book. Highly recommended.
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My advice when considering buying this book, is to take all the rave reviews with a pinch of salt. I've lived in Belgium every year, triggering my passion for the best beers in the world, in my opinion. Now, back in the UK, having used to be a real ale lover, I now think it tastes like dishwater, and that the draught beers are one-dimensional and tasteless; to the point where I make a pilgrimage to Belgium every year, to immerse myself in the spectacular beers, and, bringing home a truckload on the way back.

This book falls short of expectations, missing out Tripel Karmeliet for starters - a beer I have converted many people to Belgian beer via, Tongerlo is another one. It also doesn't have boxes to score the different aspects of taste that unfold when you take your first sip, in the same way that the '300 Beers to Try Before you Die', does.

In short, its underwhelming.
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Not all the beers are hard to obtain which are featured in this book, but a fair few are. This is a shame as they seam to be excellent beers and is one of the reasons they are in the book "100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die!" Still this makes excellent reading and is well written, being informative and witty. An excellent addition to ones library and something to aim for!
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