While Heineken and Amstel may be everywhere you look in The Netherlands, it's not that difficult to find the really great stuff. The Dutch brewery De Molen is known worldwide for churning out some of the best-of-the-best while various other craft breweries like De Kaapse Brouwers and Rooie Dop are showing up on our shores and doing some great collaborations with some of our very own brewmasters.
If tradition is more your bag, La Trappe is a stunning range of Belgian style ales. Brewed by the Trappist monks of Koningshoeven Brewery, there's a Dubbel, a Blonde and a Tripel, as well as the La Trappe Quadrupel--which stands above the rest!
The most widely produced Dutch beer style is pale lager known as pils, with Heineken and Grolsch cornering the market. However, microbreweries such as De Molen and Rooie Dop are brewing fantastic beer in a plethora of styles, and the Netherlands is home to Zundert and Koningshoeven (also known as La Trappe), two of the eleven Trappist breweries.
Trappist beer - Certain specifications must be met in order for a beer to awarded the Authentic Trappist Product logo, including rules around where the beer is brewed, the level of involvement the monks must have, a non-profit focus, and constant monitoring of the beer to ensure high quality. Trappist beers are not restrained by style, but do tend to lean towards a Belgian style and a high ABV - La Trappe Dubbel and Zundert being excellent examples.