West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of Flanders and of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the North) the Netherlands, the Belgian provinces of East Flanders and Hainaut, France and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges.
It has a surface area of 3151 km˛, a population of 1,129,000 inhabitants, and is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) which contain 64 municipalities.
The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important destination for tourism in Belgium, is in West Flanders. There is a tram line along the whole coast: De Panne - Ostend (Oostende) - Knokke-Heist.
Selected beers from the province of West Flanders
- Black Albert
- Bon Homme
- Bourgogne des Flandres
- Brugse Zot
- De Bie
- Duchesse de Bourgogne
- Femme Fatale
- Fort Lapin
- Gulden Spoor
- Saint Bernardus
- Sas Pils
- Strubbe Pils
- Watou Tripel
- Westvleteren (Westvleteren 12 XII has been for many years world's #1 at RateBeer.com)
Rodenbach is West Flanders' most popular beer. World Beer Awards voted Rodenbach Vintage as the world's best sour beer in 2018. The world's best flavoured beer was Rodenbach
Caractere Rouge in 2016 and Rodenbach Rosso in 2015. Rodenbach Grand Cru was the world's best ale in 2011.
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