The Belgians are so proud of their fine beer that they have a whole range of specialised glasses to serve the different varieties of Belgian Beer
. Most bars, in fact, have a specific kind of glass for specific beers and bar tenders will even apologise if the specific glass is unavailable. The most common is the tulip glass which traps the aroma of the drink, while the lip around the edge retains the large bubbles for longer, making it both a visual and olfactory experience. Belgian lambic beers and fruit beers are served in glasses similar to champagne flutes. The long narrow glasses beautifully show off the colour, carbonisation and soft lacing of bubbles. The narrow top also beautifully intensifies the aroma of these beers. Large glasses shaped like bowls with stems, similar in appearance to goblets or chalices, are a perfect choice for Abbey and Trappist beers. Goblets have a thinner and lighter glass than chalices and some chalices have etchings to maintain the head for longer. Some Belgian beer brands even have their own ‘house glassware’ such as La Lunette.