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