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Good Beer Guide Belgium Paperback – October 1, 2009

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Tim Webb formerly ran CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival and has been writing about beer for more than 20 years.
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  • Series: Good Beer Guide Belgium
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CAMRA Books; Sixth Edition, Sixth edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852492619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852492618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Ellsworth on February 7, 2010
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Tim Webb, writing for the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) guide book series has done a masterful job of demystifying the complex world of Belgian beer styles and Belgian brewers. I bought this book to introduce me to the subject and to help me make informed choices of what to drink on a one-month trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. I am at home now, and I can report that Webb's information made a good tour itinerary into a special life experience for me. I reserved for meals at some of the restaurants he most highly recommends and I visited equally fine pubs I would not have found without his guidance. The information he provides in each of his entries is so good that I think a range of drinkers and diners will be able to find some place or some beverage that is very close to their personal interest.

This book goes farther than ale: it has the best short essay I have found (after a lot of looking) on Belgian food, places to stay and historic and cultural sights as well as the expected focus on beer tourism. Beers/ales are rated on a one to five scale and flavors are described, there is a focus on independent brewers (the ones that spend more money on ingredients and take more time to "get it right") but mass-market brewers are not neglected. Art work shows Belgium at its scenic best and focuses on each beer/ale served in its eye-catching special glass and stored in its colorfully labelled bottle. All photography is high quality, as is Tim Webb's writing.

I am not a beer fanatic but I am a fan of CAMRA, their philosophy of what makes "real ale" and of their guide books. Last year's month in England was much-improved by their guide to British real ale and the pubs that serve it. I found great food, great drink and great architecture with its help.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Rozenski on May 4, 2011
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I've been living in Antwerp for three months now, and I take this almost everywhere I go! The authors have a fantastic sense of humor, but most importantly, a keen sense of judgment about what makes a good, artisanal beer. They don't hold any punches in hating the big beer corporations that produce alco-pop fruit beers and predictable lagers, and they're equally unsparing in their praise of fine brewers with a love of their craft.

From the supermarket to the cafe to the brewery tour, this volume is an indispensable guide to enjoying the hundreds of delicious beers Belgium has to offer!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Fawbush on December 25, 2009
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I have been both a brewer and aficianado of Belgian ales for many years. I have found this book to be very informative and a must have for a true lover of some of finest made beers in the world. I have really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward in collecting the Good Beer Guide Germany to complement it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Amjadi on October 18, 2009
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A witty, thorough and unbiased encyclopedia of Belgian beer. Includes the breweries, the towns, and the bars of importance. A must for any beer lover or gastronomic traveler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malachi Beale on October 26, 2012
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Webb's book was an essential resource for a trip a friend and i took to Ghent and East Flanders. Visiting pubs, bars, cafes, etc. that had anywhere from a dozen to 250 beers on the menu, the book guided us to and through a range of superlative beers. Webb's recommendations of pubs is help[ful, especially in cities full of bars, but the ratings and descriptions of SO MANY beers was like having another friend with us who was an experienced expert. We drove over from the UK, and used the book to find dozens of beers worth bringing home. Will travel again to Belgium for the beers; will not leave home without this book!
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