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Belgian Pale Ale

Style Snapshot

This everyday, drinkable style of ale is dark straw to pale amber in color, light to medium in body, of moderate strength, and typically has a Noble-type hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness in evidence. It may also have fruity or spicy notes.

The Belgian Pale Ale style is generally comparable to English Pale Ales, but are more aromatic and spicy in both malt and yeast character. This style is called spècials belges, or belges, in the French-speaking regions of Belgium, where it is most often found on draft.

History

Beers of this style were produced by Belgian breweries as far back as the mid-1700s. However, most well-known commercial examples were perfected after the First World War, when Belgians experienced British ales. These modern-day versions show the British influence, especially with regard to yeast strains.

Style Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.041 - 1.054

Final Gravity (FG):

1.008 - 1.014

Strength (ABV):

4.2 - 5.8

Bitterness (IBU):

20 - 35

Color (SRM):

4 - 13


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Serving This Style

Suggested serving temperature: 44 - 52 F

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Belgian Pale Ale