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.
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.