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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Belgian Strong Ale - Belgian Blond Ale


BJCP 2008 18A Belgian Blond Ale style example
18A - Belgian Strong Ale / Belgian Blond Ale



A moderate-strength golden ale that has a subtle Belgian complexity, slightly sweet flavor, and dry finish.


Similar strength as a dubbel, similar character as a Belgian Strong Golden Ale or Tripel, although a bit sweeter and not as bitter. Often has an almost lager-like character, which gives it a cleaner profile in comparison to the other styles. Belgians use the term "Blond," while the French spell it "Blonde." Most commercial examples are in the 6.5 - 7% ABV range. Many Trappist table beers (singles or Enkels) are called "Blond" but these are not representative of this style.


Leffe Blond, Affligem Blond, La Trappe (Koningshoeven) Blond, Grimbergen Blond, Val-Dieu Blond, Straffe Hendrik Blonde, Brugse Zot, Pater Lieven Blond Abbey Ale, Troubadour Blond Ale

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

View Style on BJCP Website


OG: 1.062-1.075
FG: 1.008-1.018
IBU: 15-30
SRM: 4.0-7.0
ABV: 6.0-7.5%

BJCP 2008 18A Belgian Blond Ale style example