We are proud to inform you that our list spans over 100 selections of artisan ales! A heavy focus on BELGIANS with 18 rotating TAPS.
Just a sample of our most requested:
St. Feuillien Saison | Rodenbach Grand Cru | Koningshoeven Quadrupel | Kwak | Lucifer | Moinette Brune | La Chouffe|Moinette Blonde | Buffalo Stout | Leffe Blonde | Tripel Karmeliet | St. Bernardus ABT 12 | De Koninck | Delirium Tremen|Allagash Curieux | Allagash White | Hoegaarden | Grimbergen Dubbel
Check out our most current offerings:
Duchesse de Bourgogne 6.5% ABV Flanders Red Ale, Tart Cherries, Slight Smoke, a True Living Legend
This beer was made to honor Mary of Burgundy, born 1457, who died in a tragic horse riding accident.
A Flanders Red Ale is a style of beer characterized by a sour cherry flavor that is the result of spending extended time in barrels after the initial fermentations. Although this sourness is not enjoyed by everyone, some find this beer exceedingly balanced and refreshing.
The Abbey in Grimbergen first began brewing beer around 1128. They became well known for providing their freshly brewed libations to visitors.
Grimbergen makes one of the few Dubbels we carry. A Dubbel has gone through two fermentation processes resulting in a malty, but rarely bitter ale with thick rich head.
Saison, the latest in a long line of top-quality St-Feuillien beers, went into production in March 2009 at the request of the US market, where there is a big demand for this kind of “hoppy” beer that is so emblematic of the rich Belgian tradition.
As soon as it was launched in New York on 11 April, Saison was an instant success with consumers across the Atlantic, so much so that the launch of this new St-Feuillien product in Belgium was delayed by several weeks.
At the 2009 World Beer Awards held in London on July 30th, Saison was voted the “World’s Best Saison Ale”.
Known as the “most refreshing beer in the world”, Rodenbach uses a blend of four malts in their double-decoction mash, along with 20 percent corn.
Rodenbach brews to two different gravities: the beer they use as their “young” blending beer is brewed to 11.5 Plato while their “aging” beer is stronger, at about 13 Plato. Brewers Gold and Kent Goldings are the two hop varieties used by Rodenbach, though the hopping levels are restrained. The beer is fermented with a house yeast strain that is said to be a complex blend of distinct cultures.
After fermentation, the beer is aged in oak for up to two years and in the wood, picks up additional microbes, including lactobacillus, which contribute to the sourness of the beer.
This Trappist ale hails from the Netherlands (shhhhh. I won’t tell if you don’t). When you taste this ‘Quad’ you’ll understand why we deviated from our model. Sometimes things are too good to pass up.
This beer is big, but balanced in way that every important element shines through without being understated. Rendered speechless!
In Napoleon’s time, Pauvel Kwak was a brewer and innkeeper. Everyday mail coaches would stop by, but the coachmen were not allowed to leave the carriages to quench their thirst with the passengers.
Innovative as he was, Mr. Kwak developed a special glass that could be hung on the coach to keep the beer safe and the coachmen happy.
Do not fear the healthy supply of head bubbling up more than half of the goblet, embrace it! This yeasty blonde ale finishes with a pleasant clean bitterness. Produced by Het Anker, the same makers of Gouden Carolous.
Experience the Power of the Gnome! Known as the ‘nectar’ of The Ardenne Forest, this fantastic saison cannot be denied, by anyone.
In fact, we at the REFUGE cannot recall a time when someone did not love this ale. La Chouffe (The Gnome) was the real winner of the Battle of the Bulge.
Ever since its creation in 1955, this beer is considered as “the showpiece” of the brewery Dupont on the Belgian market. For centuries, the region where the brewery is situated, was pretty swampy, (swamp = marais (français moderne) = moëne (français ancient), so the name Moinette was linked to this “moëne region”.
In 1907 “Buffalo Bill’s” Circus from the US played on the town square of Saint-Lievens-Esse.
The brewery workers arranged for a young apprentice to watch over the brew kettles. He did, but he forgot to stir and Buffalo was born. The New Buffalo was created to commemorate 100th Anniversary of that event.
Bananas, Spice, Extremely Nostalgic, Can’t Drink Just One.
This is a personal favorite of the owner, Matt Levin. Leffe Blonde was the first Belgian Beer he had ever tasted, and it was all uphill from there.
Leffe can be found in almost every brasserie in Paris, which is where Matt first sampled it’s splendor. No doubt, there are many out there that have had the same experience. Consequently, every sip of Leffe Blonde reminds of the existential dreaming that might of taken place on the sidewalks of Paris.
Enough cannot be said about this near-perfect Triple Ale. Since 1679, the monks of Karmeliet have been using the same three grains in their recipe: wheat, oats, and barley. This specific combination in conjunction with rose-like floral spice, makes this ale the most requested, day after day. Two points for tradition!
This is by far the most popular brown ale we sell at the REFUGE. It is so well-made that the massive alcohol content is barely detectable.
Water, pumped from 150 meters beneath the ground, is the basis for all St. Bernardus beers. It is considered the purest available. ABT 12 sits atop the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus catalog.
There is nothing that comes close to describing the city of Antwerp like “a Bolleke of De Koninck Ale”.
Bolleke is the bowl-shaped glass in which this ultra-quenching ale is served. It has been one of our most popular beers since we’ve opened, mainly for it’s low alcohol content, lively taste, and velvet soft aroma.
Delirium Tremens unique taste and character are derived from the use of three different types of yeasts.
It is the ultimate gateway ale for the introduction to Belgian Beer. It’s famous ‘Pink Elephant’ logo emphasizes D.T.’s intent to conquer the world.
There is nothing curious about this one. Allagash’s famed Tripel is literally transformed in the whiskey barrels. Zealots purport a belly-warming effect that only whiskey can promote. Fantastic pairing with our burgers!
Portland, Maine’s Response to Belgium! If we put an American Belgian on the list, you know it’s good.
Rob Tod, Brewmaster and owner of Allagash, is probably the most prolific producer in the States. Refreshing as a ‘White Beer’ should be, Allagash uses their own blend of spices which sets it apart from others in it’s class.
The Lightest, Most Citrusy of the Wheat Beers Named for the village in which it was brewed, Hoegaarden’s origins date back to 1445 and is considered the classic original in the ‘White Beer’ style.
Always refreshing, consumption is recommended on the hottest of days.