Belgian beers 'are too watery'
31 August 2005, BRUSSELS — One out of three Belgian beers contain too much water and too little raw materials such as hops and barley, consumer watchdog Test-Aankoop has claimed.
31 August 2005
BRUSSELS — One out of three Belgian beers contain too much water and too little raw materials such as hops and barley, consumer watchdog Test-Aankoop has claimed.
Test-Aankoop said the beers most wanting for ingredients are supermarket own brands, but it also accused Maes of being too watery.
There is no law that stipulates the quantity of dry ingredients in a beer, but traditionally a beer has always held a category I, meaning a density of 11 to 13.5 degrees plato.
However, recent tests revealed that 16 of the 50 examined beers had less than 11 degrees P, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Wednesday.
In response, Test-Aankoop urged for legislation regulating beer density "so that cat's piss is no longer sold as beer".
Test-Aankoop also carried out a taste test and only Bavik was considered "good to very good".
The bigger brands such as Jupiler, Stella and Maes were described as "good", as was Gold Pils, the own brand of Spar.
Test-Aankoop warned further that most alcohol-free beers actually contain a small amount of alcohol.
It demanded that the alcohol content in future be printed on a beer's label. This is not currently compulsory under Belgian law.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news