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 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.
Unibroue Trois Pistoles Belgian-Style Dark Ale
90 points
Hazy medium brown color. Sweet aromas of dried orange peel, toffee, coriander, cardamom, dried flowers, chocolate fudge, and blackberry cobbler with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long toasted pumpernickel and croissant finish. Sweet aromatics and a chewy body make this Belgian Style Strong Ale a solid nightcap.
Unibroue Ale Gâteau Foret Noire
88 points
Hazy dark mahogany color. Aromas of raspberry tart, cola, and sweet tea with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length char-toasted pound cake, lemon meringue, and prune finish. A sweet, boozy ale that warms and delights.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Belgian Golden Strong Ale
88 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of banana bread and white pepper with a soft, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, scant banana nut muffin, rosemary oil, and toasted wheat finish. A light Belgian beer with inviting notes of orange marmalade on toast.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Belgian Dark Strong Ale
86 points
Dark bronze color. Toasty, spicy, malty, herbal aromas of Tootsie roll, toasted pecans, black pepper, and coffee grounds with a silky, soft, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length bakers chocolate, caramel chew, vanilla latte, and sassafras finish. A toasty, inviting Belgian beer with peppery notes that balance chocolatey sweetness.
COOP Ale Works DNR Belgian Strong Ale
83 points
Hazy reddish mahogany color. Complex aromas of salami, balsamic vinaigrette, sun dried tomato, vanilla wafers, and arugula with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, brisk sourdough bread bowl and mace finish. A solid ale for pub pairings.