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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Belgian Strong Ale - Belgian Golden Strong Ale

BJCP 18D

BJCP 2008 18D Belgian Golden Strong Ale style example
18D - Belgian Strong Ale / Belgian Golden Strong Ale

 

IMPRESSION

A golden, complex, effervescent, strong Belgian-style ale.

COMMENTS

Strongly resembles a Tripel, but may be even paler, lighter-bodied and even crisper and drier. The drier finish and lighter body also serves to make the assertive hopping and spiciness more prominent. References to the devil are included in the names of many commercial examples of this style, referring to their potent alcoholic strength and as a tribute to the original example (Duvel). The best examples are complex and delicate. High carbonation helps to bring out the many flavors and to increase the perception of a dry finish. Traditionally bottle-conditioned ("refermented in the bottle").

EXAMPLES

Duvel, Russian River Damnation, Hapkin, Lucifer, Brigand, Judas, Delirium Tremens, Dulle Teve, Piraat, Great Divide Hades, Avery Salvation, North Coast Pranqster, Unibroue Eau Benite, AleSmith Horny Devil

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 The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.070-1.095
FG: 1.005-1.016
IBU: 22-35
SRM: 3.0-6.0
ABV: 7.5-10.5%

BJCP 2008 18D Belgian Golden Strong Ale style example
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