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Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium

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Many a beer sophisticate is surprised by the diversity, individuality and ubiquity of Belgian beer. Here, beer expert Michael Jackson enthusiastically discusses the history and inner workings of this quiet, quirky brewing behemoth of Belgium. He explains the origins of manstic brewing, the good fortune of spiders on Lambic breweries, the reasoning behind using orange peels ...more
Hardcover, 516 pages
Published February 25th 2007 by Lannoo Publishers (first published 1991)
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Andreas
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Is Michael Jackson overrated? I like his writing but I wouldn't consider him today something exceptional. Maybe taking into account that the book was written in 1991 as a first edition. Good read though.
Trent Wiegers
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly entertaining and informational.
Jernej
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michael is really great. He writes about beer with such respect few others can. When you have tasted most of these beers yourself, you begin to understand his approach and the overall appeal of the Belgian beers. History, tradition, love, craftmanship, pride - it's all there. That's why even the more commercial examples deserve a fair judgment since they represent a piece of Belgian beer scene that makes it so unique. Michael will teach you that each and every drop is to be savoured since with i ...more
Jeremy Bruner
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
An incredible and comprehensive look at Belgian and some Belgian-inspired beer (at least as of 2005 or so). Lots of small details and big picture for almost all of the brewers and brews discussed.
Only real problem is that there are TONS of typos and errors that should have been corrected somewhere along the way. There are dropped sentences, punctuation in the wrong place, etc. An editor could easily fix these for the next printing.
Matt
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book for an in depth look at Belgium beers. Would like to read again after I've had more belgiums.
Toney
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
indispensable. a must for any true beer geek.
Nebogipfel
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beer, history
A classic that sparkled the world-wide interest in Belgian beers. Even thought some of this information is outdated by now, it's still a recommended read. And it cointains lots of nice pictures.
David Baird
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for anyone interested on Belgian ales. Greatly increased my appreciation of the beers as well as leading me to wider choices.
Arjen
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
as all Michael Jackson's books this one is of very high quality. Beautifully illustrated with full page photographs. Discusses all the Belgian beers that matter in neatly organised categories.
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Michael James Jackson (27 March 1942 – 30 August 2007) was an English writer and journalist. He was the author of many influential books about beer and whisky.
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