About a week ago, the World Beer Awards 2013 were handed out. This is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is really a global competition: first each of the three participating continents (Asia, America and Europe) selects the three best beers per category from their own continent. This happens, just like in other beer competitions, through blind tasting. Then the winning beers of each region are tested again against each other to determine which one is the best beer in the world.
The title of the World’s Best Beer went to the Czech wheat beer Primator, but just like the previous years, the Belgian breweries have also come home with several awards:
Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvee Rene was elected ‘World’s Best Sour Beer’. This old style cherry beer by brewery Lindemans takes over the title from fellow lambic-brewers Mort Subite, who won last year. The jury was very much impressed by the rich and sour cherry flavor of the Cuvee Rene. This was not the only prize for brewery Lindemans, their Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene was also elected ‘World’s Best gueuze’
Another Belgian gold medal winner was Seefbier. This beer by the Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie won in the category ‘Europe’s Best Belgian Style Ale’. A much deserved reward for its brewers who managed to re-brew a beer that hadn’t been brewed for 80 years and of which most people thought that the recipe had been lost forever.
Malheur 12 was chosen ‘The World’s Best Dark Beer’. The judges chose this beer, by brewery De Landtsheer in Buggenhout, for its “Floral, aroma of tangerine and light spice and its assertive, big, peppery hot palate” and described the beer as “delicious and deceptively drinkable”. This is the first big prize for this particular beer, although other Malheur beers had already won similar prizes in the past.
Other Belgian beers that came home with a medal are amongst others Mongozo, from brewery Huyghe, which was elected the world best gluten-free specialty beer. Another beer from the same brewery, La Guillotine, was elected Europe’s best beer in the category ‘Best Belgian Style Pale Strong.
This is just an overview of the most important prizes. Many other Belgian beers received an award as well. The full list of winners can be found here.