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What is Belgian strong ale?

Belgian strong ale is a pale ale with unmatched clarity. Its colors extend to tones of brass, copper and gold and it feels soft in the mouth. A medium to fast bubbling ale, it bears a remarkable fieriness owing to the spicy Belgian yeast. This Belgian beer holds a gentle hop aroma with a medium to long, dry finish. Fruity flavors of pear and orange blend with notes of pepper to give it a characteristic taste. It pairs well with fried shrimp, triple crème and rich desserts like baklava. Most people serve golden ales as an aperitif.

The Belgian ale family

Belgian breweries adhere to traditional beer crafting techniques. As a result, their ales preserve their traditional identities while also embracing modern tastes. Belgian ale is both crispy and delicate, carrying a fine combination of malt and dextrose. In tune with its earthy aroma, the Belgian style ale is gritty as well as silky on the palate. Best served in tulip glasses, the ale displays a lively head.

Belgian ale characteristics

Prepared in old-style breweries, the ale has a soft, supple body. The carbonation gives rise to pearly white or ivory-hued beads. Occasional citrus scents mingle with cinnamon, honey and orange blooms to give a fruity aroma. Deeply rustic in style, this craft beer owes its complexity to the addition of more than one variant of yeast. Twice doused and manipulated by many maltsters, some of these ales appear with persistent carbonation. An elaborate ritual of fermentation and aging imbues the ale with strength without deepening its tone. The hops add a lacquered touch and the occasional minerality tempers the acidic undercurrent. You can sense an aftertaste of candy in some versions of this ale. What begins as a mellow dry beer, ends with a sharp bitterness followed by a sweetness that surprises as much as it thrills.

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