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Style: Belgian Dark Ale
Style Information
The style of Belgian Dark Ales covers a wide range of Belgian beers. These can include a darker version of an existing beer (using darker malts). The color ranges from medium amber to brown. The aroma should have the usual notable Belgian spiciness, as well as strong malt tones. Flavors should follow the aroma with the malts dominating, and a slight spicy tone. Hop characteristics should be low. ABV should also be somewhat low, in the range of 4% to 6%.

Recommend glassware for this style
Pint Glass Pint glasses are what most people recognize as a typical beer glass. There are actually three different types of pint glasses - shaker pints, nonic pints and tulip pints.

The shaker ... [more]
Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]
Goblet A goblet (or chalice) is a large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glass. The distinction between goblet and chalice is typically in the glass thickness. Goblets tend to be more delicate and thin, while the ... [more]
Mug Typically very heavy and sturdy. A mug (or stein) is most commonly made of glass or stoneware. Traditionally German, one advantage is clinking glasses together without worrying about breaking th... [more]
Wine Glass Wine glasses come in many shapes that are styled specifically to certain varietals of wine. The shape of the glass is very important, as it concentrates flavors and aroma. Wine glasses can be div... [more]
Tulip A tulip glass not only helps trap the aroma, but also aids in maintaining large
heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation. The body is bulbous, but the top
flares out to form... [more]

Top Consumed Belgian Dark Ale
1. Matacabras by Dave's Brew Farm33
2. Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey by New Glarus Brewing Company22
3. Big Red Coq by Brewery Vivant18
4. 1554 Brussels Style Black Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc.9
5. Rare Vos (Amber Ale) by Brewery Ommegang5
6. Black Orchard by The Bruery4
7. Long John Ale by Red Brick Brewing Company4
8. Grand Cru by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company4
9. Mocha Belgique by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery3
10. Odd Notion Fall '09 by Magic Hat Brewing Company3

Top Reviews Belgian Dark Ale
 BeerAvg Score
1. Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey by New Glarus Brewing Company92
2. Humulus Bruin by The Bruery90
3. Matacabras by Dave's Brew Farm88
4. Stouterik by Brasserie De La Senne80
5. Yuletide Abbey Ale by Great Waters Brewing80
6. Grotten Brown / Grottenbier by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV80
7. Conspiracy by Midnight Sun Brewing80
8. Big Red Coq by Brewery Vivant80
9. Abby Six by Victory Brewing Company78
10. Chambly Noire by Unibroue78