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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

I apologize if I'm severely late to this party but I'm having a total revelation right now with my Pranqster and Delerium Tremens with some bleu Saint Agur and some raw milk Kaltbach cave-aged emmentaler. The combo is doing much more for both than the 2004 Pontet Canet I was drinking over the weekend. The beer and cheese pairing highlights the creaminess of the bleu cheese and the sweetness of the ale awesomely.

Anyone have other Belgium beer/belgium style beer pairing with cheese suggestions?

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  1. Although not a Belgian beer, my first beer and cheese mind blowing moment many years ago was when I took a sip of Anchor's Old Fogforn barleywine and a bite of Maytag Bleu Cheese (and both the brewery and the cheese are owned by Fritz Maytag).

    As for Belgian beers, I love a Caralous Van Keizer Blauw and a good cave-aged gruyere

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    1. re: shellshock24

      The brewery was owned by Fritz Maytag, but that's no longer the case.

      I don't believe Fritz owns the cheese company, or at least not all of it.

      1. re: Jim Dorsch

        Ooops, I don't know how I forgot about the sale of Anchor! Thanks for the correction. I know Fritz is on the Board for the Maytag farms, but not the sole owner.

        1. re: shellshock24

          I guess after 45 years or so you get used to something being a certain way.

    2. Gouden Carolus D'or Cuvee van de Keizer goes nice with blue. Heck, it's nice just on its own...

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        Love Cuvee van de Keizer. Too bad Whole Foods doesn't carry it. I've only been able to find it at Bristol Farms.

        1. re: Porthos

          Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw is my go to BSD/Quad. I try to stock up whenever I see it anywhere.

          1. re: Porthos

            I usually get it at Bristol Farms in Westchester - tried to tonight, but they were out. :( I recall seeing it at Beverage Warehouse - will report back when I drop by there either this or next weekend...

          2. re: bulavinaka

            Carolus' Ambrio is also a great cheese beer! Lots of bright acidity to cut through something creamy. And its nice yeasty flavour is ideal for many cheeses.

            Another good pairing for blues is a good gueze.

          3. Charles Quint fits perfectly with blue. http://www.charlesquint.be/index_en.html
            Many of the trappist abbeys also produce cheese (I think they don't ship it), I don't have to mention the cheese "Chimay à la bière" was created to match a Chimay Red. Old Gouda cheese teams up well with Westmalle Tripel.

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            1. re: Bill Shankly

              You can find Chimay cheeses in the states. My local Whole Foods has them on occassion. My local beer store has the white label in their cheese cooler.

              1. re: LStaff

                I tried both and didn't care for them. I don't know if they were bad or not, but both had a bitter component.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I have only tried the white label - way too "farmy" for me.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    I agree, I don't care much for any of the Chimay cheeses. They all have some sort of grainy/sandy quality to them that is kind of off-putting.

            2. I've yet to find a beer that _doesn't_ go along along smashingly well with bleu cheese.
              Love the Maytag Blue, and there's a smoked gorgonzola made by a small company in Pennsylvania that is great with beer as well.

              Also I love both Limburger and Leiderkranz cheeses (they're not blue cheeses, but are deliciously ripe)...usually on crackers with some onions...along with a glass of beer.

              1. Allagash Curieux goes so well with cheese. For me beer is just so much better with cheese than any sweet wines