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  • Waffles

    12 32.43%
  • Pralines and other chocolates

    17 45.95%
  • Paintings (Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens, Ensor, Magritte...)

    15 40.54%
  • Comic books (Tintin, Spirou, the Smurfs, etc.)

    17 45.95%
  • Saxophone (invented by Adolphe Sax)

    9 24.32%
  • Mercator map projection

    7 18.92%
  • War Crimes Law (universal jurisdiction)

    10 27.03%
  • Beer (800 varieties)

    13 35.14%
  • Cheese (over 100 varieties)

    7 18.92%
  • Chips/French fries

    14 37.84%
  • Brussel sprouts and Belgian endives

    3 8.11%
  • Art Nouveau (Horta, Van de Velde...)

    2 5.41%
  • Other (please specify)

    2 5.41%
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    The Belgians

    The Belgians are Burgundians and that makes them very nice company!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth van Kampen
    The Belgians are Burgundians and that makes them very nice company!
    What ? The Belgians are not Burgundians. The Burgundians inherited some counties in Belgium in the 15th century and ruled a bit over 2/3 of what is now Belgium, but that's all. Belgian people are ethnically a mix of Celtic (Gaul) and Germanic (Salian Frank) people, with a bit of Latin blood (Roman, Spanish and French heritage).
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    Oh, oh, maybe I meant the Burgundian way of living. Meaning; going far more out eating in restaurants than the everage Dutch, Belgians love to dress up for all sort of occations, love to enjoy themselves and grumble less than we do in the Netherlands. I think that we Dutch are the best grumblers about the weather in the world.

    I live not far from the Belgium border, have visited Belgium many times and I always felt/feel at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    Another major Belgian contribution I forgot to mention is oil painting, presumably invented by the famous painter Jan van Eyck in the 15th century. Let's say it goes into the "paintings" category.
    Just as you said, presumably. AFAIK, that's a common misconception. How to use & produce oil colours was already described in the "Strasbourgian Manuscript", which shows that this knowledge was around some time before Eyck.

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    Belgian citizen, Victor De Laveleye, a refugee in London during WWII, urged people in his homeland via short wave radio to write the letter "V" written in chalk in public places as a sign of ultimate victory against Germany. Only later did Winston Churchill adopt the "V" as a symbol for victory by using his fingers.

    The whole world now uses this sign as a "peace" symbol, but we all know that the "peace" was only dependent on "v"ictory.

    I just keep thinking of all these Japanese gals here who can`t have their picture snapped without striking this finger pose.
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    Belgian contribution to the world

    I don't think this has been mentioned yet. Thomas Blanquet or Blanket, a Flemish weaver who settled in Bristol, began manufacturing woollen goods - including the blanket - to which he gave his name (this obscure piece of trivia comes via the historian Arthur Bryant).
    On a cold winter's night around here - central heating and blazing woodfires notwithstanding, I, for one, give silent thanks for that forgotten Flemish weaver of so long ago.
    Hercule Poirot should surely figure here somewhere - or at least get an honourable mention.
    I also submit Marcel Lobelle, the Belgian aircraft designer. In particular for his Fairey Fantome biplane fighter of the 1930s - four built. For me definitely the most beautiful of all biplane fighter aircraft.
    I once worked for the company Lobelle co-founded though he was by that time dead. The famous Fairey Swordfish was also one of his designs.

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    Belgians / Flemish have had a vast contribution to Western Civilization.

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    I didn't know the Smurfs were Belgian!
    You learn something new everyday!

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    Anecdote to the famous Belgians issue, there´s a widespread joke saying the 3 most famous Belgians don´t even exist, as Tintin, Hercule Poirault (Agatha Christies´character) and Manneken Pis are all fictional characters.

    As for the Dutch poll, I consider the flemish painters one of the great contributions to the world of arts. Flemish architecture is also noteworthy.

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    For some reason I thought Asterix & Obelix where produced by Belgians but after checking I see they are not. What about Kim Clijsters? She's a great example for women in my opinion. Successful but still feminine and has family values.

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    The belgians make excellent beer.
    But Brittish real ale is much better.
    Not forgetting Bertrand the inventor of plastic.

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    I didn't know the Smurfs were Belgian!
    The greatest francophone comics are Belgian

    The belgians make excellent beer.
    But Brittish real ale is much better
    Are you crazy
    Grimbergen, Leffe, Chimay, Orval, Affligem, Kriek, etc...

    Not forgetting Bertrand the inventor of plastic.
    Shame on you

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycle View Post
    The belgians make excellent beer.
    But Brittish real ale is much better.
    Not forgetting Bertrand the inventor of plastic.
    Hmm? The British don't understand the difference between ale and horse piss.

    Why does a Scot defend English sewer water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinaert View Post
    Hmm? The British don't understand the difference between ale and horse piss.

    This comes from someone from a country of pot smokers who eat plastic edam cheese and think that orange is trendy.

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    Has to be the smurfs!

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    Haha.. The Scots have an old tradition to paint themselves blue... Smurfs. Picts. "Blau machen" Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinaert View Post
    Haha.. The Scots have an old tradition to paint themselves blue... Smurfs. Picts. "Blau machen" Whatever.
    Maybe the Picts were actually Smurfs and that whole thread we were following something completely wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VonRoust View Post
    Are you crazy
    Grimbergen, Leffe, Chimay, Orval, Affligem, Kriek, etc...
    I tried Leffe Blonde yesterday based on this and found it quite awful. It was like beer candy... faaaar too sweet. Are other types of Leffe better like Leffe Brune or do you actually find it good? I've also had Kriek before and find it decent but I'm not big into Lambic beers.

    Until proven otherwise I'll concur with cycle and say that British ale is much better... I've had more luck with even their cheap mass-produced beers like Boddingtons and Newcastle, and then there's the even better craft brews like Wychwood's stuff, mmm...

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    Well, then don't believe everything what they write over here!

    The best of Belgian beers isn't even mentioned.
    Westmalle. Try that.
    Trappist and Triple.. Both are very good.
    And Corsendonk...


    I never say Belgian beer is bad, it depends on the personal taste.
    Yes, I know one that is awful.. Rodenbach.

    And don't start about English ale again! Even a horse can do that better!


    Real good tasting beer:

    http://www.trappistwestmalle.be/

    http://www.corsendonk.com/


    Well.. I have to tell you one more disgusting fact!
    Belgians have a nasty habit of throwing lemonade syrup in their best Trappist beer!
    They have the best beer in the world, and they spoil it!


    And another thing..

    Use the proper glass to pour it in!



    It looks like a Grail.
    That's to get more attention to the rich flavors.

    The eleventh command of God:
    "Thou shalt drink beer and wine out of a proper* glass!"

    Pour the beer in very gently.
    Tilt the glass enough to let the beer flow in gently, then move it more right up slowly.
    Take your time.


    * A double meaning in English and Dutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinaert View Post
    The best of Belgian beers isn't even mentioned.
    Westmalle. Try that.
    Trappist and Triple.. Both are very good.
    And Corsendonk...
    I have a store nearby that sells Westmalle Tripel. I'll make a point to pick it up sometime, it sounds good. It looks like it gets much better reviews online than Leffe Blonde, so that's positive. (Different kinds of beer, I know, but I'm just looking for anything good from Belgium).

    Quote Originally Posted by Reinaert View Post
    Well.. I have to tell you one more disgusting fact!
    Belgians have a nasty habit of throwing lemonade syrup in their best Trappist beer!


    At least when people put lime in a Corona it's not a good beer they're putting it in.

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    Ahh.. Give the bottles at least 8 hours to rest in the fridge. Tripel is good when cooled. 4-5 degrees or so.
    Trappist you should give rest also, but maybe in a cellar. 8 degrees is fine.

    In Belgium they even ask you if the beer should be served cold or medium!
    In a good pub, that's for sure!

    Again a good point for Belgium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinaert View Post
    Ahh.. Give the bottles at least 8 hours to rest in the fridge. Tripel is good when cooled. 4-5 degrees or so.
    Trappist you should give rest also, but maybe in a cellar. 8 degrees is fine.

    In Belgium they even ask you if the beer should be served cold or medium!
    In a good pub, that's for sure!

    Again a good point for Belgium.
    I just bought a bottle of Westmalle Tripel and had it this evening. It was excellent! The flavor was well balanced and complex, and it hid its strength just right. I will get it again. Thanks Reinaert!

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    I have created a page listing and explaining the greatest Belgian contributions to the world.

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    Belgian art from a cultural standpoint, and who doesn't love "Belgian" fries,waffles, beer, and chocolate?.

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