The sweet taste of sour

issue4-006The sour ales of West Flanders are a delight waiting to be rediscovered. Alan Hope suggests a few places to start

Imagine there was a new kind of beer you’d never heard of. Imagine it was made in just one limited part of the country but enjoyed by even fewer people than that. Imagine it was much less popular than it used to be, but fans would speak about it in voices of hushed reverence or zealous excitement, or sometimes both one after the other.