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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Trappist Ale Belgian Dark Strong Ale

BJCP 26D

BJCP 2015 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale example
26D - Belgian Dark Strong Ale

 

Overall Impression

A dark, complex, very strong Belgian ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavors, and spicy elements. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.

Comments

Authentic Trappist versions tend to be drier (Belgians would say more digestible) than Abbey versions, which can be rather sweet and full-bodied. Traditionally bottle-conditioned (or refermented in the bottle). Sometimes known as a Trappist Quadruple, most are simply known by their strength or color designation.

Commercial Examples

Achel Extra Brune, Boulevard The Sixth Glass, Chimay Grande Réserve, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor, Rochefort 8 & 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Westvleteren 12

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VITAL

  • OG:  1075 - 1110
  • FG:  1010 - 1024
  • ABV: 8 - 12
  • IBU: 20 - 35
  • SRM: 12 - 22
BJCP 2015 26D - Belgian Dark Strong Ale Commercial Example
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