One advantage of France is that it’s close to Belgium. (Most French would raise their eyebrows, and many Belgians would point out that its misfortune is that it’s close to France. But there you go). Beerwise, that is.
This means that the logistics of importing Belgian beers should be easy. In fact there is no excuse for a serious beer bar in France not to have a good range of Belgians.
That is the case for Au Trappiste, a bar/restaurant with a pronounced Belgian profile. It is in rue St Denis, withing walking distance of many of the attractions. That also means a hefty mark up – no Belgians would pay those prices. But anyway.
20 beers on tap, about 100 bottled. Lots of Belgians, but also respectable selections of French and German brews. A scattering of beers from other countries, but no serious list of , say, Dutch, British or American beers.
(The majority of Dutch imports seem to be canned half liters of maximum strength beers, drunk by the guys sleeping rough around the railway stations!)
There is an impressive menu and a lovely smell of cooking as I enter when afternoon is on the verge of turning into evening. Mussels is, unsurprisingly, the speciality.
There is a French artisan beer on tap, so of course I go for that – Angelus.
A golden beer, very refreshing. Very fruity, like peaches that have been left on the table ad day too long. Some bitter almonds in the tail. A bit sweet and sour.