Belgian beer an Intangible Cultural Heritage



Belgium is widely known for its large number of beer types. The history of Belgian beer has its origins in the Middle Ages. International beer experts praise the richness and versatility of Belgian beer.


Breweries in Belgium don't have regulations. Because of this, they use a multitude of ingredients, such as fruits and herbs. Because of Belgian beers such as kriek, a fruit beer, it is often thought that Belgian beer is always sweet. In fact, only a few heavy beers and the fruit beers have a sweet taste. More often the combination of sweet-bitter occurs. The beers from Flanders are acidic to slightly acidic in taste.

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In November 2016, UNESCO officially recognized Belgian beer culture as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Belgian beer, the breweries and beer culture in Belgium are so closely intertwined with society that it has also become an integral part of Belgian identity. Belgian beers connect Flemish, Walloons and Brussels residents in a common uniqueness. UNESCO has now officially recognized that unique connection between beer and Belgium as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Cheers!

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