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Dec 10, 2008 07:48 AM

Looking for best Belgian beer for holiday gifts

I would like to get some of my buddies some bottles of good Belgian/trappist beer as small gifts for the holidays. What stores have the best options?

I know Beltway liquors on Loch raven has a good selection. And the Wine Source in Hampden does too, along with the one or two Brewers Art bottled beers.

Anywhere else?

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  1. Not in B'more. My brother the beer nerd says that the Perfect Pour in Columbia has a good selection and a wall full of seasonals.

    1. Clipper City does a Belgian-style ale called Holy Sheet. I've never had it, but I usually like their beers. The stores you mentioned definitely have the best selection.

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        1. Have you considered contacting Max's and seeing if they can sell some of the larger bottles on a carry-out basis? I would think their selection would beat the Wine Source.

          Side note: Clipper City's Red Sky is a Belgian style. I love all their beers. They do a great mixed twelve pack that is available at the Wine Source.

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          1. re: KAZ

            Buy the Dopple style beers and you won't go wrong. They are rich and yummy and have all that you want in a Belgian beer. For a lighter style, buy Wits.

            1. re: ChewFun

              Not knowing much about Belgian beers, my favs are Leffe Blonde and Westmalle. I'm looking for new ones to try, and give as gifts.

              1. re: bmore_flavor

                You have to go to the Perfect Pour if you're around Columbia. I was shocked at their beer selection, especially both their Belgian and Christmas specific selection. It's overwealming, and so much better than the large selection of easy to find beers as places like Corridor.

                1. re: Jason1

                  I think Perfect Pour probably has the largest selection in the state. It's amazing.

          2. If you can make it to a Total Wine (I know there are a bunch in NoVa, not sure about MD) they have a pretty great selection and some good seasonal stuff too.