Beer Style: Strong Ale Family

Belgian Single

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by the numbers OG: 1.044-1.054 FG:1.004-1.010 SRM:3-5 IBU:25-45 ABV:4.8-6.0% Trappist monasteries are rightfully known for their excellent beers. Brewed with devotion and service in mind, these beers are used to generate money to sustain religious operations. Most people know about the stronger, frequently exported products such as Westmalle Tripel, Chimay Grande Réserve (blue), and Orval.


American Strong Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.062-1.090 FG:1.014-1.024 SRM:7-19 IBU:50-100 ABV:6.3-10 Beer styles are a funny thing. Some people claim they don’t exist, while others think they should never change. Fortunately, both groups are wrong. If you worry less about what a set of similar beers is called and how it may have changed over time, the


Brewing Better Belgians

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  Belgian ales are complex and elegant. They’re my favorites to homebrew and drink. One issue I’ve had, however, is finding a Belgian beer that’s less than six months old in the United States. My Belgian-style homebrewing is therefore based on the aged examples I could get. What’s a workaround for this dilemma? A Belgian


Big Horse Brewing Company’s McStallion Scotch Export Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I’m hoping to convince my husband to brew something other than the super bitter beers he likes. I normally just drink big red wines. This winter we were touring waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. We stayed at a hotel in Hood River, Oregon and up the hill from the hotel we found


Belgian Dubbel

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by the numbers OG:1.062–1.075 (15.2–18.2 °P) FG:1.008–1.018 (2.0–4.6 °P) SRM: 10–17 IBU:15–25 ABV:6–7.6% I fondly remember my very first trip to Belgium. I was already passionate about homebrewing and great beer, and I wandered from city to city, brewery to brewery, bar to bar, and bottle shop to bottle shop seeking out new experiences and


Belgian Dark Strong Ale

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by the numbers OG:1.075–1.110 (18.2–25.9 °P) FG:1.010–1.024 (2.6–6.1 °P) SRM:12–22 IBU:20–35 ABV8–11% I used to hate judging the Belgian strong category in competitions. Long ago, so many of the beers were syrupy sweet alcohol bombs that I found it most unpleasant. While Belgian dark strong ale is a beer with a higher level of alcohol,


Glacier BrewHouse’s Imperial Blonde Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I will be retiring as a Boeing 777 captain for a major package delivery company soon, and one fine establishment that was a regular stop for me was Glacier BrewHouse in Anchorage, Alaska. The one beer that really stands out for me is their Imperial Blonde Ale. Since I will no longer be


Cooking With Tripel

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The Trappist tripel ale is a beautiful beverage. My first experience with a tripel was back in 1993 when I had generally been consuming mostly what could be found in the grocery aisle; lots of pale ale, amber, a few porters and stouts and a couple of German imports. I was then introduced to the


Brewing Belgian-Style Tripels

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Tripel is pale to golden in color, and strong (the BJCP guidelines list it as OG 1.075–1.085, and 7.5–9.5% ABV). However, three things keep it from seeming like a big beer — it’s relatively dry, sufficiently well-hopped and highly carbonated. There is considerable variation under the above umbrella and Belgian tripels even include beers, like Tripel


Pitching Enough Yeast

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“I used the packet of yeast that came with the kit.” “How old was that?” “A couple of years I think. It seemed to work okay.” The above exchange was part of a real conversation I had about brewing a beer, me being the questioner. And the other person was not a beginning brewer, nor


Brewing Strong Ales

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If you ask 10 different brewers to define “strong ale,” you will likely get 11 different answers. Brewers around the world have always made bigger, stronger ales for special occasions, for blending with weaker ales or to be aged before consumption. As craft brewers have begun pushing the limits of what can be brewed and


Scotch Strong Ale

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Over the ages, the country of Scotland has been known for many things: proud clans, powerful warriors and some of the best malt beverages ever created. Skullsplitter is the model for this month’s beer, brewed by Orkney, named for the small chain of islands off the northern tip of Scotland. The Orkneys were home to


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