Guide to Belgian Dark AleThis 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.
|Taste/Smell||Balanced, Malty, Estery, Spicy, Medium-bodied|
|Alcohol-by-Volume (ABV) Range||4 – 7%|
|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|