Jean-Francois Flechet claims Belgians can find a beer for every palate. For this wine lover the Liefmans Cuvée Brut proves his point. Aged with cherries, the sweet-tart, effervescent ale is an able partner to the hot cheese croquettes or boulets Liégeoise—meatballs glazed in the fruity sirop de Liège and served with salty frites. Other favorites include salad Liégeoise (potatoes, bacon, green beans, and shallots) and the daily stoemp, a mash of potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Then there’s the babe who started it all: Flechet’s buttery sugar waffle. Get it naked, hot off the iron, or served with fried chicken, maple syrup, and hot sauce.
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Originally published in the March 2012 issue.