About Belgian Style Strong Ale

About Belgian Style Strong Ale
Belgian style strong ales range in color from medium to dark brown and in alcohol from 8-11%. These beers typically have a fruity Belgian yeast character and a degree of sweetness coupled with a viscous mouthfeel. This category also includes Belgian style quadruples. Better examples of this style strike a seamless balance between rich, sweet malt flavors, alcohol and complex Belgian yeast flavors ranging from banana to dark fruit. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre, Brouwerij Bosteels Pauwel Kwak, La Trappe Quadrupel and Brasserie Dubuisson Freres Scaldis.

Top Picks for Belgian Style Strong Ale

Unibroue La Résolution Dark Ale
96 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of sarsaparilla, gingerbread, dark chocolate mint and graham crackers, and menthol-eucalyptus lozenge with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, long finish with shades of spiced melon, chocolate fondue with pears, and toffee finish. A robust, spicy, herbal Belgian strong ale that begs another sip.
Awards: 2017 Best Belgian Style Strong Ale, 2017 Best Canadian Beer
Unibroue Trois Pistoles Belgian-Style Dark Ale
94 points
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of pumpernickel with herb compound butter, sweet yogurt with shaved chocolate, bananas on toast, and apple pastry with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of spiced fruits and roasted almond finish. A Belgian strong ale with perky herbal notes balanced by rich roasty malt.
Muskoka Brewery Legendary Oddity Strong Ale
94 points
Gold color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of peach-apple custard tart, toasted pretzel bread, arugula and kale with a lemon-pepper vinaigrette, and herbs de provence with lavender with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with notes of salty butter roasted corn and pepper finish. A supple and well balanced Belgian strong ale with appetizing savoriness.
Brasserie Dupont Moinette Brun
93 points
Medium reddish mahogany color. Toasty, nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate muffin, nut brittle, dark baguette, and suede with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with notes of cocoa-dusted dried fruits, delicate spices, lettuce, and hint of sherry finish. A toothsome and satisfying Belgian brown ale with great flavor, balance, and length.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Belgian Golden Strong Ale
92 points
Bright minutely hazy gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of orange peel, clove honey, banana creme on pears, and eucalyptus with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of graham crackers in milk, herb biscuit, bubble gum, and peppery arugula finish. A mammoth golden Belgian brew with boatloads of flavor, warmth and texture.
Dubuisson Scaldis Noël
92 points
Brilliant sunburst color. Tropical aromas and flavors of spiced bananas, pink peppercorn muffin, caramel buttercream frosted rum cake, and cola float with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length finish displaying notes of panettone, spiced fruits, praline, and sugar snap peas finish. A warming and relaxing Belgian strong ale.
pFriem Belgian Strong Blonde
92 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of poultry seasoning, schmaltz cookie, panettone, and apple jacks cereal with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with nuances of toasted zucchini spice bread, sassafras, salted caramel, and pepper finish. A rich, well-balanced Belgian strong ale that will reward patient sipping and cellaring.
Upland Brewing StOAKed Belgian Style Strong Ale
91 points
Brilliant medium dark reddish mahogany color. Delicate, fruity, nutty musty malty aromas and flavors of dark caramelized nuts, toasted fig-banana dark bread, spiced sour cherry compote, and microgreens with a soft, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with overtones of baking spices, delicate pepper, and arugula finish. A hearty, warming strong ale with fine poise and subtle complexity.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company "Innovator" Belgian Dark Strong Ale
91 points
Minutely hazy sunburst color. Mild, interesting, savory aromas and flavors of baked soy and steamed rice, dried orange, apple and peach, and schmaltz with a silky, shy, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of toasted panettone, cherry bubblegum, and honeyed lettuces finish. A fun, flavorful strong ale in the Belgian style.
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
90 points
Dark brown color. Interesting, savory aromas of black licorice, malted chocolate toffee, and edamame and tamari with a chewy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, very long sherry vinaigrette and craisins on kale, sautéed almonds, dried mushrooms, and mossy earth finish. Lots of enticing umami and sherry notes make this a great dark sour choice for a savory meal or meditative nightcap.