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Guide to Belgian Dark Ale

This style category captures darker hued Belgian-style ales that really aren’t either a Dubbel or Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. These range in color from amber to dark mahogany to brown. The word “Amber,” “Bruin” or “Brune” (Brown) may appear on the label. As with the color range, aromas and flavors of this style run the gamut—some more yeasty and dry, while others are more malty and sweet. Some of the most popular beers of this style today come from New World craft brewers.

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Characteristic Details
Taste/Smell Balanced, Malty, Estery, Spicy, Medium-bodied
Alcohol-by-Volume (ABV) Range 4 – 7%
Bitterness (IBU) 10-15
Popular Examples Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale, Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos, New Belgium 1554 Black Ale, Unibroue Chambly Noire
Serving Temperature Cool, 46-54°
Glassware Beer snifter, stemmed tulip, large wine glass
Cheese Pairing Ideas Camembert and other earthy cheeses
Food Pairing Ideas Barbecue, beef stew and steak

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