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