It is said that the reason Belgium, a nation of 10 million people, has so many different brewing traditions is that its lands were occupied by invaders over 40 times between the 11th and 20th centuries.  As a result many different ways of brewing were learned, without developing a collective sense of any ‘right way’.  Only its lagers are generally disappointing, 

See also: Blond, Dubbel, Flemish Old Brown, the Lambics, Saison (Belgian), Saison Légère, Spéciale, Strong Dark, Strong Golden, Tripel, Witbier


This emerging light summer beer (2.5-4.0 % ABV) lacks much written history but is claimed to have the same rustic origins as Saison Légère but with a wheat base and likely a younger second cousin to a defunct, lighter form of Lambic, called Meerts.  it is said to have been popular in southern Belgium and parts of northeast France in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The search for tasty light beer styles may spark its reinvention. 

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