Description

Belgian dark strong ales are amber to dark brown in color. Often, though not always, brewed with dark Belgian "candy" sugar, these beers can be well attenuated, ranging from medium to full-bodied. The perception of hop bitterness is low to medium, with hop flavor and aroma also in this range. Fruity complexity along with the soft flavors of roasted malts add distinct character. The alcohol strength of these beers can often be deceiving to the senses. The intensity of malt character can be rich, creamy, and sweet with intensities ranging from medium to high. Very little or no diacetyl is perceived. Herbs and spices are sometimes used to delicately flavor these strong ales. Low levels of phenolic spiciness from yeast byproducts may also be perceived. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    7 - 35
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    20 - 50
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    5.6% - 8.8%
Flavor
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Low to medium
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Medium to high malt aroma and complex fruity aromas are distinctive. Medium to high malt intensity can be rich, creamy and sweet. Fruity complexity along with soft roasted malt flavor adds distinct character
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Brie, Bleu de Moines
  • Entrée
    Grilled Lamb Fillet
  • Dessert
    Crème Brulee
Appearance
  • Clarity
    Hazy
  • Color
    Medium amber to very dark
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