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Beer Guide

2. Belgian and French Ale

a) Flanders Brown/Oud Bruin

  • A light- to medium-bodied, deep copper to brown ale characterized by a slight vinegar or lactic sourness and spiciness.
  • A fruity-estery character is apparent with no hop flavor or aroma.
  • Low to medium bitterness.
  • Very small quantities of diacetyl are acceptable.
  • Roasted malt character in aroma and flavor is acceptable at low levels.
  • b) Dubbel

  • This medium- to full-bodied, dark amber- to brown-colored ale has a malty sweetness and nutty, chocolate, roast malt aroma.
  • A faint hop aroma is acceptable. Dubbels also are characterized by low bitterness and no hop flavor.
  • Very small quantities of diacetyl are acceptable.
  • Fruity esters (especially banana) are appropriate at low levels.
  • Head retention is dense and mousselike.
  • c) Tripel

  • Tripels often are characterized by a spicy, phenolic-clove flavor.
  • A banana fruity ester also is common.
  • These pale/light-colored ales usually finish sweet.
  • The beer is characteristically medium- to full-bodied with a neutral hop and malt balance.
  • Low hop flavor is OK.
  • Alcohol strength and flavor should be perceived as evident.
  • d) Belgian-Style Pale Ale

  • Belgian-style pale ales are characterized by low, but noticeable, hop bitterness, flavor and aroma.
  • Light to medium body and low malt aroma are typical.
  • They are golden to deep amber in color.
  • Noble-type hops are commonly used.
  • Low to medium fruity esters are evident in aroma and flavor.
  • Low caramel or toasted malt flavor is OK.
  • Diacetyl should not be perceived.
  • Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
  • e) Belgian Strong Ale

  • Belgian strong ales often are vinous, with darker styles typically colored with dark candi sugar.
  • The perception of hop bitterness can vary from low to high, while hop aroma and flavor are very low.
  • These beers are highly attenuated and have a highly alcoholic character -- being medium-bodied rather than full-bodied.
  • Very little or no diacetyl is perceived.
  • Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
  • f) White

  • Belgian white ales are brewed using unmalted and/or malted wheat and malted barley and can be spiced with coriander and orange peel.
  • These very pale beers are typically cloudy.
  • The style is further characterized by the use of Noble-type hops to achieve a low to medium bitterness and hop flavor.
  • This dry beer has low to medium body, no diacetyl and a low fruity-ester content.
  • g) Biere de Garde

  • Deep golden to deep copper/light brown.
  • Medium to high malt flavor.
  • Light to medium body.
  • Medium hop bitterness.
  • Light to medium hop flavor and aroma. May have light to medium fruitiness, esteriness.
  • Lager yeast may be used.
  • Earthy, cellarlike, musty aromas OK.
  • Traditionally, a French-style beer that improves with some aging.
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