What are the best Belgian beers and where can I sample them?

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Amanda Cherrin

The beer in Brussels is absolutely fantastic. While Stella Artois is well known, it’s a large international brand that you can find at home. While in Brussels, Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you seek out a local Chimay, Westmalle, Maredsous, St. Bernardus, Duvel, Delirium…there are so many amazing brands to choose from. And, the beauty of drinking Belgian beer in Belgium is that is actually affordable. Remember that $10 Chimay you ordered in the U.S.? It’ll set you back about €3 (US$4) here. If you’re an amateur beer drinker, head to Moeder Lambic, one of the city’s best beer bars, where the knowledgeable servers will talk you through the nearly 50 beers they have on draft. Or try Delirium, a local institution that is in the Guinness Book of World Records thanks to the 2004 varieties of beer that it carries. You can sample a few and enjoy the dive bar ambiance. Just remember, Belgian beers pack a punch — drink more than two and you may be seeing double.

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