Belgium- Belgian Strong Dark Ale- 10% ABV. Pours a reddish-brown color. Big malt sweetness on the nose, with brown sugars and spice. Flavor profile of big malts, dark fruits, soft spices and yeast, balanced by warming alcohol and mild hop bitterness. Heavy-bodied, but crisp up front.
For those who seek a bit of mystery and intrigue, look no further than Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The mystery in this dark beer comes with the complexity of the beer, which is largely determined by the brewer’s intent. Intrigue comes from the sometimes deceivingly high alcohol that can hide from the senses behind the dark ale’s aromas and flavors. Deep amber to dark brown in color with a generous, creamy tan head, Belgian Strong Dark Ales deliver a range of rich, dark malt sweetness and toastiness, dark fruity esters, peppery phenolic spiciness and other sensory treats. As in most Belgian ales, these characteristics are all generally balanced nicely, with enough background hops to keep the sweetness in check. Traditionally bottle conditioned, some versions of Belgian Strong Dark Ale – especially authentic Trappist offerings – tend to be drier than Abbey and New World interpretations, which lean sweet.