The Seven General Styles of Belgian Beer

Were you ever curious about the different Belgian-style beers out there? Did you even know that there various different styles? Today, we will talk about the seven Belgian-style beers that craft brewers are constantly creating!

Time To Learn What Styles Are Out There!

Belgian-Style Saison

The Saison has a gold to light amber color, with different types of spices that give it a unique flavor. Although this type is often bottle-conditioned, it contains some mild yeast character and high carbonation. The taste involves fruity, and leather like aromas and flavors. Today, US brewers brew Saisons all year-round, but their most popular time is during the summer due to their refreshing qualities!

 

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Fun Fact: What are Belgian-Style Saisons commonly known as? Farmhouse ales, due to the brewing technique and specialty ingredients.

Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale

The Golden Strong ale is a fruity, complex beer that is approachable to many different beer palates. The characteristics include a highly constricted dry finish with spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Although the Strong ale is on the higher end of the ABV spectrum, it is naturally drier and lighter in color than a Belgian-style tripel.

 

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Fun Fact: What does ABV stand for? It stands for Alcohol By Volume, and in most cases, it is listed as a percentage. The percentage lets you know how much of your beer is alcohol and how much of it is other ingredients.

Belgian-Style Tripel

The Tripel is similar to the golden strong ale in terms of its ABV content and the fact that it appeals to many different tastes. Yet, the tripel is known to be more yeast-driven with mild spicy flavors mixed in. Commonly bottle-conditioned and finished dry, this style is also generally darker with a more noticeable malt sweetness.

 

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Fun Fact: Do you know what the perfect serving temperature for a tripel is? A cool 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

The Blonde Ale is an easy-going drink with a low but pleasing hop bitterness. This ale is not as bitter as a tripel or a golden strong ale, but it is medium in sweetness and remarkably clear. It has a light- to medium-body with a small malt aroma that involves spice and occasionally fruity characteristics.

 

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Fun Fact: What ingredient is occasionally added to lighten the color of the beer? Sugar!

Belgian-Style Pale Ale

The Pale Ale is characterized by a low but noticeable hop bitterness, aroma, and flavor. Known for their gold to copper color, they have a caramel or toasted malt flavor. Inspired by the British pale ale, they focus more on the malt balance than most American pale ales.

 

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Fun Fact: Since this style was inspired by the British/English Pale Ale, can you guess what type of food would pair perfectly with this beer? The traditional fish n’ chips!

Belgian-Style Dubbel

The Dubbel is the darkest beer out of the seven with a color that ranges from brown to very dark. It has a malty sweetness and can contain cocoa and caramel aromas and flavors. This style is also bottle-conditioned with medium-low to medium hop bitterness. For most dubbels, the yeast generates banana and other fruity tastes for drinkers to enjoy!

 

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Fun Fact: Can you guess what “Dubbel” means? Double!

Belgian-Style Quadrupel

The Quadrupel is often referred to as the Dubbel’s older sibling because both styles are very similar but, the quadrupel has a much higher alcohol content. Even though the beers are amber to dark brown in color, they have a medium-low to medium-high hop bitterness.The caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors tend to dominate the overall taste of the beer.

 

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Fun Fact: What do beer drinkers call a Belgian-style Quadrupel? A Belgian strong dark.

Quiz Time

  1. Which Victory beer is a Belgian-styled Tripel?
    • Hop Ranch
    • Golden Monkey
    • Dirtwolf
  2. At Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, which beer is a Belgian-styled blonde/golden ale?
    • Inca
    • Wit or Without
    • Junto
  3. At Stickman Brews, what is a good Belgian-styled Quadrupel on tap?
    • Store Bought is Fine
    • Plant Matter
    • Mad Skrilla
  4. What style is Troeg’s Jovial beer?
    • Dubbel Ale
    • IPA
    • Imperial Stout
  5. If you wanted to enjoy a Saison at Forest and Main, which beer would you choose?
    • Lucaria
    • Jete
    • Clipper

Make sure to write down and save your answers. I will share the correct answers in my next post! As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

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