100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die! Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
IF you love beer and want to know more about it.. this book is exactly what you need. I gave it as a present for an american Belgian beer lover and he was very happy.Published on 9 Dec. 2013 by Valerie Decelle
this is a very comprehensive list with excellent information about each beer. the only problem is "will i get through them all???"Published on 19 Jan. 2012 by Geoff Jackson