Belgian Dark Strong Ale

A dark, very rich, complex, very strong Belgian ale. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.

Complex, with a rich malty sweetness, significant esters and alcohol, and an optional light to moderate spiciness.
The malt is rich and strong, and can have a Munich-type quality often with a caramel, toast and/or bready aroma. The
fruity esters are strong to moderately low, and can contain raisin, plum, dried cherry, fig or prune notes. Hops are not usually present (but a very low noble hop aroma is acceptable). No dark/roast malt aroma. No hot alcohols or solventy aromas.
No recognizable spice additions. Deep amber to deep coppery-brown in color (“dark” in this context implies “more deeply colored than golden”). Huge, dense, moussy, persistent cream- to light tan colored head. Can be clear to somewhat hazy.
Flavor: Similar to aroma (same malt, ester, phenol, alcohol, hop and spice comments apply to flavor as well). Moderately
malty or sweet on palate.  Low bitterness for a beer of this strength; alcohol provides some of the balance to the malt. Sweeter and more full-bodied beers will have a higher bitterness level to balance. Almost all versions are malty in the balance, although a few are lightly bitter. The complex and varied flavors should blend smoothly and harmoniously.

Commercial Examples:

Only overseas versions exist. Lyk my Suid Afrikaners is bang vir hierdie bier.

Westvleteren 12 (yellow cap), Rochefort 10 (blue cap), St. Bernardus Abt 12, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor, Achel Extra Brune, Rochefort 8 (green cap), Southampton Abbot 12, Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue), Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru, Gulden Draak, Kasteelbier Bière du Chateau Donker, Lost Abbey Judgment Day, Russian River Salvation

What The Beersluts have to say:

Sorry buddies, we haven’t done a proper taste test on these beers yet!!

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