Westmalle Rochefort Carbonnade à la Flamande – Classic Belgian Beef Stew

Serves: Yields eight one-cup servings


  • 1 bottle (11.2 oz) dark Belgian ale: Westmalle Dubbel; Rochefort 8 or 10
  • 0.75 cup all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 0.125 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2.5 lbs. boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 2 strips bacon, diced (uncooked)
  • 2 cups chopped onion (about 2 large onions)
  • 1 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 14 oz. beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley



Combine first five ingredients in a large Ziploc bag. Seal and shake to coat. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add bacon to pan and cook one minute; add beef mixture and cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove beef from pan. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Return beef to pan; stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add water and the next 7 ingredients (through ale); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook 30 minutes or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaves & garnish with parlsey.


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