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Note: This course assigns readings in The Oxford Companion to Beer. Your purchase does NOT include The Oxford Companion to Beer, but the book is available from various online retailers .

The online course includes a thorough discussion of the many, varied beer styles of this small country, its unique brewing traditions, processes, ingredients, and flavors, and a presentation of the glassware typically used to serve the beers of Belgium. At the end of this course, take the included online practice quiz to reinforce your knowledge. When you pass the practice quiz, you’ll receive a digital badge to demonstrate you’ve mastered the essentials of Belgian beer styles.

While this course is highly recommended for those preparing for the Certified Cicerone® exam, the lessons and discussion questions also cover content from the Advanced and Master Cicerone syllabi.

In this course you will:

  • Identify the unique ingredients and processes responsible for various flavors found in Belgian beers.
  • Describe the history of brewing in Belgium, including when and how each of the major modern styles came into being.
  • Identify 15 styles of Belgian ales based on a description of their flavors and vital statistics (ABV, IBUs, etc.).
  • Identify glassware typically used for serving each style of beer.
  • Discriminate between similar styles of Belgian beers based on taste.