Belgian Ale

This category contains the maltier to balanced, more highly flavored Belgian and French ales


WITBIER

A refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderatestrength wheat-based ale.

IBUs: 8 – 20
SRM: 2 – 4
ABV: 4.5 – 5.5%

Examples

Allagash White, Blanche de Bruxelles, Celis White, Hoegaarden Wit, Ommegang Witte, St. Bernardus Witbier, Wittekerke


BELGIAN PALE ALE

A moderately malty, somewhat fruity, easy-drinking, copper-colored Belgian ale that is somewhat less aggressive in flavor profile than many other Belgian beers. The malt character tends to be a bit biscuity with light toasty, honey-like, or caramelly components; the fruit character is noticeable and complementary to the malt. The bitterness level is generally moderate, but may not seem as high due to the flavorful malt profile.

IBUs: 20 – 30
SRM: 8 – 14
ABV: 4.8 – 5.5%

Examples

De Koninck, De Ryck Special, Palm Dobble, Palm Speciale


BIERE DE GARDE

A fairly strong, malt-accentuated, lagered artisanal beer with a range of malt flavors appropriate for the color. All are malty yet dry, with clean flavors and a smooth character.

IBUs: 18 – 28
SRM: 6 – 19
ABV: 6.0 – 8.5%

Examples

Ch’Ti (brown and blond), Jenlain (amber and blond), La Choulette (all 3 versions), St. Amand (brown), Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts (blond), Russian River Perdition