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12 years 9 months ago #13

"Beer Novice":4v27tvdd wrote:

"TheBeerNut":4v27tvdd wrote: Pah! Bruges is just a permanent beer festival with a town built round it.[/quote:4v27tvdd]
Is that a bad thing???!!!!!![/quote:4v27tvdd]

Not at all, it just means that there's very little extra to be gained by going over for that particular weekend. Sure you can go over any weekend.

Whereas Belfast only has it's festival once a year <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

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12 years 9 months ago #14

&quot;Beer Novice&quot;:zsvtd1fx wrote:

&quot;delzep&quot;:zsvtd1fx wrote: I was there last year...very nice it was too. Its on in the Belfry building and theres a lot of beer to choose from...about 35 stalls and every stall has about 2 or 3 beers[/quote:zsvtd1fx]
Do you think it's worth going to then? Especially for a newbie. I like Bruges anyway but last few times I was there I didn't pay much attention to the beer. <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> I know, I know......

(I probably should have posted this as a new subject.
Don't give me another yellow card!) <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: -->[/quote:zsvtd1fx]

definately worth going as the beer samples cost just €1 (a very fair price <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ) so you can try a lot of different styles for not much money at all. Worked for me last year anyway...I found out very cheaply that I don't like gueuze at all <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

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12 years 9 months ago #15

&quot;delzep&quot;:hnf3nbd0 wrote: I found out very cheaply that I don't like gueuze at all <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->[/quote:hnf3nbd0]At the risk of sounding like a patronising tosspot, I think everybody thinks that to begin with. Which ones did you have?

I remember MrsBeerNut coming back from Brussels once, before I'd ever been, raving about this absolutely disgusting beer they had there, and later daring me to try some in Belgo (blessed be its memory). These days it's really not a good idea to stand between her and a bottle of Cantillon.

Go on, give it another go next time you're in Belgium -- one of the lighter ones like Mort Subite or Bellevue. One of my favourites is the sweet one, Lambic Doux, made mainly for the A La Bécasse pub in Brussels. Yum yum yum.

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12 years 9 months ago #16

I can't remember to be honest. Most of the beers at the festival I hadn't heard of before which in a way helped because if I knew them I'd have played it safe and bought them instead of trying different stuff

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12 years 9 months ago #17

&quot;microgirl&quot;:1eyn3mkj wrote: ...it just means that there's very little extra to be gained by going over for that particular weekend. Sure you can go over any weekend.

Whereas Belfast only has it's festival once a year <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->[/quote:1eyn3mkj]
That's a fair point although I can see the benefit of having them all together in the one spot for sampling what you like. Also I assume there will be brewers from all over Belgium at it?

Thanks everyone for your inputs. I'll def go to one of them.

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12 years 9 months ago #18

&quot;Beer Novice&quot;:2kootznr wrote: I can see the benefit of having them all together in the one spot for sampling what you like.[/quote:2kootznr]There's 't Brugs Beertje[/url:2kootznr] for that. Were there even more breweries at the Bruges festival? Unfortunately, Belfast doesn't yet have any pubs stocking several dozen cask ales and ciders. So Belfast for me <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

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