TABLE (LOW ALCOHOL)

Table beer (tafelbier, bière de table) is a low-alcohol (typically between 1.5% – 3.5%) brew sold to be enjoyed with meals. The last decade it had lost popularity due to the growing consumption of soft drinks and bottled water. Table beer used to be served in school refectories until the 1970s; in the early 21st century, several organizations made proposals to reinstate this custom as the table beer is considered more healthy than soft drinks. Some bars serve a glass of draft lager with a small amount of table beer added, to take away the fizziness and act as a sweetener, in Limburg it is referred to as a “half om”.  (Article from Wikipedia: “Beer in Belgium”)

However, there has been a resurgence of interest from people wanting a beer they could enjoy at a business luncheon, at the family dinner table, etc., with low alcohol content. Two of the best examples of Table beer are from Brasserie Dupont with their Avril and Biolegere beers. Other well known examples are from Palm, Hoegaarden, Jupiler, Maes, and Piedboeuf.

ABBEY

AMBER

BIÈRE DE GARDE

BLONDE

BROWN

CHRISTMAS / WINTER

FLEMISH RED

HOPPY

IPA

LAMBIC

MÈTHODE CHAMPENOISE

OUD BRUIN

OTHER

PALE ALE

PILS

SAISON

SCOTCH

SOUR

STOUT

STRONG ALE

TABLE

TRAPPIST

WITBIER

 

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