A Rich Bouquet Of Belgian Brews

No one really knows how many kinds of beer Belgians make. Estimates range as high as 800, but even conservative guesses of 400 are impressive for a country of just 10 million people. Raspberry beer, wheat beer, red beer, golden beer, 12%-alcohol beer, beer made with grapes, beer made in abbeys, beer laced with spices, dark Christmas beer--you name it, and Belgium seems to brew it. As Englishman Michael Jackson, who has written extensively on Belgian beer, puts it: "The reverence reserved for wine in most countries is in Belgium accorded to beer."

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