Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale Style
- Color: Medium amber to very dark
- Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures
- Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium to high malt aroma and complex fruity aromas are distinctive. Medium to high malt intensity can be rich, creamy and sweet. Fruity complexity along with soft roasted malt ﬂavor adds distinct character.
- Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium
- Perceived Bitterness: Low to medium
- Fermentation Characteristics: Yeast-derived phenolic spicy ﬂavors and aromas are present at low to medium-low levels. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at very low levels.
- Body: Medium to full
- Additional notes: These beers are often (though not always) brewed with dark Belgian candy sugar. Herbs and spices are sometimes used to delicately ﬂavor these strong ales. These beers are typically well attenuated with a deceptive alcoholic strength.
Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale Vital Statistics
- Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.064-1.096 (15.7-22.9 °Plato)
- Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.012-1.024 (3.1-6.1 °Plato)
- Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5.6%-8.8% (7.1%-11.2%)
- Bitterness (IBU) 20-50
- Color SRM (EBC) 9-35(18-70 EBC)
2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.
Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Ale Styles – Belgian Origin Ale Styles – Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale