About Belgian Spirits

About Belgian Spirits
Gin - or more correctly, genever - is Belgium's most important spirit. There are two main styles - old and young - that are based, not on the length of aging, but rather on specific distillations techniques; the young is more neutral in character, while the old has more of a maltiness.

Belgian gin often displays notes of yeast and pastry dough, with the older having an earthier, more honeyed finish, as opposed to the younger gin being cleaner in style. In Belgium, they are often served from an ice-cold bottle and sipped neat.

Top Picks for Belgium

Atomic Master Distillers Explosive Strength Gin
95 points
Clear color. Complex aromas and flavors of coated licorice candy, lemon poppyseed muffin, piney resinous herbs, and warm milk and honey with an oily, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, very long finish revealing notes of cracked peppercorns, fresh juniper, honeyed spice cake, and dried stone and citrus fruits finish. A powerfully delicious, expertly crafted, overproof gin with surprising smoothness and nuance.
95 points $49.95
Mandarine Napoléon Grande Cuvée Orange Liqueur
91 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of tangerine and kumquat marmalades, chocolate orange peels, and hint of wax and pepper with an oily, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of honeyed orange zests, peppercorns, apple brandy in black tea, and cedar and green anise finish. A lovely orange liqueur with a warming brandy character.
91 points $32.99
Gemblue Gin
90 points
Clear color. Bold, interesting, nutty aromas of cashew brittle, bread dough, nut and mineral oils, and pepper dust with a satiny, shy, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length juniper jelly, dried flowers and stone fruits, piney herbs, and spice cream finish. A very elegant and restrained gin for sophisticated cocktails, particularly flips.