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Best Belgium Beer Selection In Phuket

By on September 28, 2012 in Beer & Booze

While visiting a shopping mall simply known as Central we made a great discovery.  Out in the open foyer area is a bar with what might be the best Belgium beer selection in Phuket.  There might be a better place in Phuket but if there is we have not found it yet.

There are three refrigerators full of beer.  Two contain more traditional style beers and one in the middle has fruit beers.  The two small cabinets in between the refrigerators contain the matching glasses for all the beers.

 

This first refrigerator has a mixture of both local beers and Belgium beers.  Probably 50/50.   I did not take a picture of the refrigerator with the fruit beers.

This refrigerator is stacked with good Belgium beers.  There were so many beers to try.   We decided to just sample beers.  We would get a bottle with two glass and that way get to try more beers.  Unfortunately when we made this request they did not give us the proper glasses for each beer.

First we tried the Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.  This is an amazing beer.  I have actually tried a “Trappist” beer before and thought it was pretty good.  I can’t remember which Trappist beer I tasted before as it was about two years ago.  Learning that there are only 7 Trappist breweries in the world with 6 in Belgium and 1 in Holland means they are pretty special.  Wikipedia reports that there will soon be an 8th Trappist brewery in France.

When the word Trappist appears on the label it means the beer is actually brewed by Trappist monks.  The flavor of Trappist beers is amazing and after drinking some of them your regular Lager type beers seem to have no taste at all.

The next beer was a mistake.  It was as much the mistake of the bar as it was my friends.

Firstly this distinctive bottle tells us that it is an Abby style beer.  This means that its not brewed by Trappist monks but is brewed in the style.  Looking at the label the description of “Rouge” or red suggested to my friend that it was a red Ale. What we did not realize was that it is a Cherry fruit beer.  On reflection my friend later said that red Ales are really an English thing and not popular in Europe so a Kasteel Red Ale was unlikely anyway.

We made an assumption based on the fact that it was in the regular beer refrigerator and not in the refrigerator with the fruit beers. The beer was still excellent but not one we would have chosen.  The rich and sweet flavor is a little overpowering.  After we finished drinking the beer I informed the staff that it should reside in the refrigerator with the fruit beers and they just nodded suggesting understanding and agreement but I realized, from my experience in Asia, that they had no intention of doing anything about it.

After the Cherry beer we had to finish with something more to our taste and my friend selected the Leffe Brown Dubbel.  I actually tried this on tap years ago at a Belgium beer garden in Melbourne.  I remember there were three Leffe beers on tap and I tried them all and decided at the time that Leffe Blonde was one of the nicest beers I have ever tasted. The Leffe Brown was excellent but the Westmalle Trappist Dubbel won the day hands down.

 

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