Belgium produces the widest selection of unique, distinctive artisanal beers in the world — as many as 800 varieties — and a fine place to sample a remarkable percentage of them is La Trappe. Here, the questing suds-sipper can experience the breathtaking range of Belgian ingenuity and craftsmanship, from fruity ciderlike lambics and herb-scented wheat beers to the sweet and sour red and brown ales of Flanders and those richly intoxicating top-fermented Trappist tripels. The place has more than 200 bottled brews and 20 drafts on tap, and the beer list (a hefty, beautifully annotated sight to behold) evolves more or less weekly as new finds are introduced from the old country. Choosing the perfect beer from among this bounty can be a daunting task, but the house bartenders know their stuff and will set you up. Rabbit stew and mussels and frites are available to complement your selection, and the vaulted, candlelit brick-cellar setting is a lovely urban retreat.
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