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Strong Ales

Learn all about strong ales from beer expert Katherine Kyle in this Howcast video.


A typical example of a Belgian strong ale is the tripel. A tripel is going to be light golden in color, it's going to be extremely high in alcohol, but it does not taste like it. Another type of strong ale is the Belgian golden ale. It's a lot like the tripel, except it's going to be even crisper and dryer, just as high in alcohol, if not a little bit stronger. Think Duvel. Often times this style of beer, the Belgian golden strong ale, will have a reference to the Duvel in it. Some people think it's, you know, just a throwback to the Duvel, being one of the prime examples.

But seem people think because it's so strong that it's like the Duvel. Also, there's the Belgian dark strong ale and this is going to be, you know, smooth, rich, and dangerous. There are also a couple of other strong ale styles that we should mention, the old ale and that's going to be a strong, sweet beer. You might think of some, you might think of it as something you would, you know, want as the weather is turning colder.

But, it's not as strong as the barley wine. The barley wine, it's strong, rich body, it's malt forward, it's very traditional in the winter. It ages very well, so it's one of the styles that you'll be, you know, you'll find two year old, three year old, I've even seen, you know, ten year old barley wine. And what that age does is it takes the heat from the alcohol away, but you're left with just this, you know, delicious, almost sherry-like liquid that is just delicious to drink. But again, it's extremely strong, so you want to drink it by the fire in small portions.

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