Type
Origin
Serving Temperature

5°-6°

Tasting Notes
Description

Belgian pale strong ales are pale to golden in color with relatively light body for a beer of its alcoholic strength. Often brewed with light colored Belgian "candy" sugar, these beers are well attenuated. The perception of hop bitterness is medium-low to medium -high, with hop flavor and aroma also in this range. These beers are highly attenuated and have a perceptively deceiving high alcoholic character—being light to medium bodied rather than full bodied. The intensity of malt character should be low to medium, often surviving along with a complex fruitiness. 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
    3.5 - 10
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    20 - 50
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    5.6% - 8.8%
Flavor
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Medium-low to medium-high
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Malt character is low to medium. A complex fruitiness is often present.
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Washed-rind Cheeses
  • Entrée
    Charcuterie, Tapas, Pan-fried veal, Chicken, Quail, Salmon (smoked), Tuna, Lobster, Mussels, Seasoned Sushis, Roasted Halibut
Appearance
  • Clarity
    Hazy
  • Color
    Pale to copper
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