About Belgian Style Specialty Ale

About Belgian Style Specialty Ale
This is not a classic style but represents various beers of similar Belgian theme. This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Specialty beers may be flavored with, or affected by, unusual ingredients (ginger, chipotle peppers) or fermentation agents (Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus), or brewed with unusual fermentables (buckwheat, sweet potatoes, maple syrup). Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements and overall drinkability.

Top Picks for Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Unibroue 2015 17 Grande Reserve Dark Ale
97 points
Hazy light mahogany color. Earthy aromas of chocolate ganache, balsamic reduction, smoked nuts, canele pastry, dried leaves, and caraway with a velvety, lively, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, massive, very long baked figs, dark chocolate, candied lemon peel, burnt caramel, and toasted pecan finish. Outstanding balance and wildly attractive flavors; an earthy and chocolaty Belgian style ale that will win you over swiftly.
Collesi Triplo Malto Ale
94 points
Old gold color. Aromas of baking spices, candied citrus, ginger, fresh cilantro, quince, and chrysanthemum with a vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, elaborate, medium-long apple butter, toasted coconut, poached pears on pound cake, parker dinner rolls, and clove finish. A dense and brooding ale that has no shortage of delicious flavors.
Unibroue Noire de Chambly Belgian-Style Black Ale
90 points
Dark mohagany color. Aromas of licorice, sticky date pudding, herbs de provence, and hint of mint with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length chocolate dipped crystalized lemon rind, pecan, key lime custard, and pumpernickel finish. A tasty and vivacious ale with great nods to the Belgian style.
Unibroue Raftman Belgian Smoked Ale
89 points
Hazy old gold color. Aromas of baked apple, lemon balm, hay, bubble gum, and lavender with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-to-long toasted baguette and almond croissant finish. A flavorful ale that deliciously captures the Belgian style.