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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Style Information
Belgian Strong Dark Ales range in color from amber to dark brown. The aroma has notes of dark candy sugar, mild dark fruits and roasted malts. Hop presence should be minimal. The taste also has a low hop presence, with roasted malts and dark fruits standing out. There may also be a mild hint of residual sugar sweetness, which can offset the usual alcohol notes.

This style generally holds up well to secondary flavor additions, and some brewers will flavor the beer with spices, chocolate or other strong flavors. The feel is generally medium to full. ABV ranges from 7% to 11% or higher. IBUs are low to medium and range from 20 to 50.

Recommend glassware for this style
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heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation. The body is bulbous, but the top
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Top Consumed Belgian Strong Dark Ale
1. Monk's Blood by 21st Amendment Brewery Café41
2. Cuvee De Tomme by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company41
3. The Angel's Share (Bourbon Barrel) by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company37
4. Mad Elf by Troegs Brewing Company37
5. The Angel's Share (Brandy Barrel) by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company36
6. Maudite by Unibroue30
7. 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale by Stone Brewing Company25
8. Noel de Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales22
9. Salvation by Russian River Brewing Company20
10. Christmas Ale by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV18

Top Reviews Belgian Strong Dark Ale
 BeerAvg Score
1. The Angel's Share Grand Cru by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company93
2. The Beast Grand Cru 2007 by Avery Brewing Company92
3. The Beast Grand Cru 2006 by Avery Brewing Company92
4. The Angel's Share (Brandy Barrel) by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company92
5. Odyssey by Allagash Brewing Company91
6. Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvee Van De Keizer by Brouwerij Het Anker90
7. Cuvee De Tomme by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company90
8. B.D.S. Belgian Style Dark Ale by O'Fallon Brewery90
9. Gouden Carolus Classic by Brouwerij Het Anker90
10. Nor' Easter by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.90