There many Belgian beer styles that have their American and English versions, think Golden Ales (known in Belgian as Strong Golden Ales), Wheat Ales (known in Belgian as Witbiers) Saisons, Sours and Lambics. What is unique in this collection that we have, are the Trappist/Abbey Ales and other Belgian Beers. Abbey Ales are beers brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision. As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery and some other good charitable causes. Out of the monastery, there are family-run breweries who crafted legendary Belgian Beers and are now some of the world's classics and favourites. There are many other Belgian Beer forms, for example:
- DUBBELS are amber or brown coloured ales with strong dark fruit flavours (e.g. raisins, prunes, dates) plus the heavy addition of highly caramelised beet sugar and mild spices.
- TRIPELS however, is in the golden category, because it doesn't use caramelised sugar and is brewed with light malt. They are generally high alcohol beers with hints of fruitiness (apple, pear, citrus, banana) or clove-like, peppery spice. If you like Tripels, then check out the,
- QUADRUPELS which are the strongest and heaviest of the bunch. Quadrupels are a sort of subcategory of Belgian Strong Dark Ales and they pack a strong punch with a maltier, spicy yeast profile and an alcohol range that easily breaks the double digits. Think dark fruit, molasses, breadiness, peppery spice and anything from a dry/medium sweet finish balanced out by high, high alcohol.