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Beer Styles

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Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale

The Belgian-style golden strong ale is fruity, complex and often on the higher end of the ABV spectrum, yet are approachable to many different palates. Look for a characteristic spiciness from Belgian yeast and a highly attenuated dry finish. This style is traditionally drier and lighter in color than a Belgian-style tripel.

Category: Belgian Styles

Food Pairings

  • Beer Battered Fried Shrimp
  • Triple Creme
  • Baklava

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Tulip
40-45 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Pale to Copper

Clarity

Clear

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are medium-low to medium-high. Hop bitterness is medium-low to medium-high

Malt

These beers can be malty in overall impression, or dry and highly attenuated

Esters

Fruit (Pear, Orange, Apple)

Phenols

Spicy, Pepper

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl should be very low, if evident

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Czech Saaz

Malt

Pilsner

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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