In this episode, start with another edition of our Hop-o-Rama segments on American, English, and Noble hops, then jump into a general discussion of one of our favorite style ranges. The Belgians. They are favorites to many for a reason because they are often cited as the beer styles with the broadest range of flavors and aromas due to the characteristics of the yeast--and sometimes--the bacteria. They stand out against the traditional continental lagers and ales of Europe in great contrast and they’ve inspired a variety of American off-shoots. So, before we get into episodes that are more specific, we’ll start here on an overview.

Initially, we get into coverage of El Dorado and Cluster for American hops, then Brambling Cross and Progress for English, then Spalt and Strisselspalt for the Nobel hops. We all have some experience with each of these and discuss the best usage and some general thoughts on the flavor profiles. 

After the break, we dig into our general overview of Belgian styles, starting with Saisons as we enjoy a tasting of a classic example, Dupont. During this discussion, we also get into a short discussion of a dry version similar to the Dupont strain from Fermentis that will be coming your way in the near future! We move onto the Trappist styles and delve into the dangers of their delicious deceptiveness, then the funkier side of things, and plenty of diversion into the joys of 80s candies. We basically work through the a nice sampling of many of the Belgian styles, including both the good and the ugly and a few ways to brew these styles.

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