August 06, 2011

Kwak, Leffe, Duvel and the others


There are so many Belgian beers and not being a connoisseur, I would not have an idea where to start.
To me the glasses that the different beers are served in are at least as interesting as the beer itself.  My favorite glass is the Kwak glass. When ordering a Kwak, the glass comes on a wooden stand because the glass, with its round button, would not stand by itself. 
"According to the Kwak website: “In Napoleon’s time, Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and the owner of the De Hoorn inn (near Brussels). Mail coaches stopped there every day, but at that time coachmen were not allowed to leave their coach and horses,” “As a result, the inventive innkeeper had a special Kwak glass blown that could be hung on the coach. In this way, the coachman had his Kwak beer safely at hand.”
 http://www.bestbelgianspecialbeers.be
http://bestbelgianbeers.wordpress.com/2007/12/20/kwak-a-belgian-beer-in-a-unique-glass/

11 comments:

  1. I don't fully agree with the reason why it is called Kwak. There is a technique in drinking the final bits of the beer. For those who don't pay attention there might be a little suprise waiting for them, in Dutch literally a kwak. It's up to the newbies to figure it out.

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  2. That is a funny story, I didn't know this kind of glass or beer.

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  3. Genieten, Anni, met volle teugen... (van ééntje hé) !
    Lie(f)s.

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  4. How interesting, that glass is quite something. Cheers. Diane

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  5. I've never seen a rounded bottom beer glass with a wooden stand before your posting! I want to try one - cheers!

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  6. In some pubs you have to give a shoe as caution for the glass!

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  7. The beer 'kwaks' you in the face if you drink it in one time. Cheers.

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  8. Le foto spiegano già tutto. Io amo la birra scura e adesso vado in cucina a berne una. Colpa tua, mi hai fatto venire la voglia. Buonanotte.

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  9. J'aime bien la Kwak...
    La Duvel aussi...
    Enfin les bières belges en général !!!
    Bonne soirée,

    Pierre
    http://pierre-boyer.blogspot.com/

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