Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – Hybrid/Mixed Lagers or Ale

Belgian-Style Fruit Beer Style

  • Color: Can range from pale to dark depending on underlying Belgian style, and is often influenced by the color of added fruit
  • Clarity: Clear to hazy beer is acceptable
  • Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Can vary from not perceived to medium-high
  • Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Low to high
  • Perceived Bitterness: Varies with underlying Belgian style
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Acidic bacterial fermentation attributes may be absent or may be present; if present, such attributes contribute to acidity and enhance fruity balance.
  • Body: Varies with style
  • Additional notes: Fruit aromas, ranging from subtle to intense, should be present and should not be overpowered by hop aromas. Belgian-Style Fruit Beers are fermented with traditional Belgian yeast, (Wit, Abbey, Farmhouse, etc.). Within the framework of these guidelines, coconut is defined as a vegetable, and beers containing coconut should be categorized as Field Beers. Fruit or fruit extracts, used as adjuncts in either the mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation, provide harmonious fruit character ranging from subtle to intense. Classifying these beers can be complex. Wood vessels may be used for fermentation and aging, but wood-derived aromas and flavors such as vanillin should not be present. Versions exhibiting attributes derived from wood or liquids previously aged in wood should be categorized in other Wood-Aged Beer categories. Fruited Belgian-style beers which exhibit Brettanomyces may be categorized in this style, when no other category exists for such beers. However, a fruited Saison exhibiting Brett character should be categorized as a Specialty Saison. A fruited version of a Brett Beer is categorized as Fruited Brett Beer when such a Brett-containing beer is not based on an existing underlying Belgian beer style. A Lambic-Style fruit beer should be categorized as a Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic. Fruited Belgian-Style beers brewed with additional adjuncts could fall in this category or perhaps as Experimental Beers. Fruit beers fermented with German, British or American ale or lager yeast should be categorized as American-Style Fruit Beers or as Fruit Wheat Beers.
    When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as fruit(s) used or processing which influence perceived sensory outcomes.

Belgian-Style Fruit Beer Vital Statistics

  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.030-1.110 (7.6-25.9 °Plato)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006-1.030 (1.5-7.6 °Plato)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.0%-9.5% (2.5%-12.0%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) 5-70
  • Color SRM (EBC) 5-50(10-100 EBC)

2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.

Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Hybrid/Mixed Lagers or Ale -Belgian-Style Fruit Beer