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
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.
Penn Cove Brewing Co. Fireside Belgium Sour
85 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, roast pineapple, molasses, kosher dills, and toasted barley with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish revealing notes of sassafras. A creative Sour with big roasty malt, zesty herbal tang and piles of complexity.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Belgian Style Strong Ale