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Updated 6 March 2010 originally posted 22 January 2009

Now you can have a Belgian beer at the Quandero's Coffee House

Quandero's Coffee House is in central Qawra/Bugibba almost outside the bus terminus, on Triq it-Turista. It is open daily from 7.30am. Closing varies so please ask

The Quanderos Coffee House offers cooked breakfasts (all day) and sandwiches (in Baguettes, Cibatta, Maltese ftiras and pockets), pasta and pizza, jacket potatoes. home made pies, burgers, salads and puddings

Theres a small street facing patio area with tables. The cooled display in front of the counter proudly displays 3 Van Steenberge beers - Bruegel, Bornem Dubbel and Augustijn

In the second half of the 16th century, Bruegel was the best painter of his time. Today Bruegel is arguably the best of Belgium's amber ales. Unlike some, Bruegel is a living beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle. Its full bodied flavour, refreshing after taste and aromatic head make the second bottle all the more inviting. Van Steenberge's Bruegel is also a great-tasting refreshing alternative to lager. The ideal drink to have with lunch. This beer combines well with all spices, from a hearty warm meat dish to a spicy salad. Amber beer used to be the daily beer of Northern Europe, drunk both with meals and to quench thirst.

Van Steenberge's Bornem Dubbel is a 'living' abbey beer. This means that after the primary fermentation in the brewery, the beer continues to evolve during the second fermentation in the bottle. This typical double with its warm dark brown colour and bordeaux red undertones, has a fruity flavour that immediately makes you think of grains. You'll also find a hoppy aftertaste in this velvety soft beer. Its creamy, rich and robust head crowns this jewel of a beer.A 'dubbel' means that the brewer uses twice as much malt as for a regular beer. That gives this beer its full round and rich flavor. It is said that the monks ate or drank nothing other than their Dubbel during Lent! Dark doubles are often served with meat dishes, such as steaks, grilled meat, wild game or even sausages.

Van Steenberge's Augustijn Blond is a 'living' abbey beer that had been brewed by the Augustinian fathers of Gent since 1295. In 1982, the recipe for the beer was taken over and improved by Van Steenberge, who also took over the marketing and distribution. Augustijn has a hoppy flavor with a malty background. You may also detect a light fruity vanilla flavour.