However, there seems to be a difference in opinion when it comes to the temperature beverages should be between the French and me.
The first time I drank warm Belgian beer, it was one of those times where we had run out of other options, and someone just happened to have some beer in their car.
It was horrible. I made FBF finish mine.
Leaving beer in the trunk of one’s car is not a rare phenomenon here. In the winter, while there was snow on the ground, I thought it was rather clever of them to leave cases of beer in their trunks. “What an easy way to keep your beer cold!” I thought.
Now that it’s spring, I’m a little less impressed. They still leave beer in their trunks. And because the weather changes with the seasons, this means I am presented with warm beer a lot of the time.
When I asked FBF how he could drink warm beer, he said, “it’s still good! It tastes like beer.”
I interpreted that as while, of course beer is better cold, warm beer is better than no beer at all.
The other night, I had FBF over and we were sharing a bottle of Chimay that had been in my fridge. After saying “santé!” (cheers!), and taking a sip, FBF exclaimed, “Elle est trop froide! On doit attendre!” (It’s too cold!! We have to wait).
To me, the beer was just the temperature a beer should be: cold. I did not wait.
After finishing the Chimay, I offered FBF a nice, cold Leffe from my fridge. He preferred to take one out of the box that had been sitting on my floor.
Just a handfull of the Belgium beers I prefer cold.