I've noticed how the Belgian beer market has skyrocketed recently. I must admit I enjoy Belgian beers moreso than other international beers excluding English/Scott/Irish styles.
I love the Back Abbey in Claremont,and Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.
I appreciate flemish styles mostly, and Belgian strong ales are some of the best brewed beers- period.
But I must say, I see this craze as very "trendy."
I hear dudes walk around and say foolish things like, "Dude, Delirium Tremens is the best beer- ever." and "Chimay Blue is the only beer I drink."
There is a world of beer out there and I have to say, there are tons of similar Belgian Styles being brewed home-side.
Never, ever, ever cling to such cliches and narrow your beer vision. It's alright to fancy a particular style or even brewer, but drink everything with the hopes of finding the perfect pint somewhere along the way.
While only a few real Belgian beers appear localy, and even less so, trappist beers, a few craft options are available.
These beers are delicious and even better than their Belgian counterparts
Ommegang Abbey Ale- a dubbel abbey ale (think Belgian style brown)
Ommegang Three Philosophers- (strong ale flavored with cherry juice)
North Coast Thelonius Monk- (abbey ale)
North Coast Le Merle- (Saison; which is a French Style farmhouse ale)
Lagunitas Sonoma Series Hop Stoopid (Saison/Belgian IPA hybrid)
Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Style Saison (Saison)
Greenflash LeFreak (Belgian Style IPA)
New Belgium La Folie (Flanders' style Red)