About the Belgian Pale Ale

The Belgian Pale Ale style is also known as the Belgian Blond Ale and its a relatively new style when compared to the history of Belgian brewing. The style was introduced as an alternative to consumers seeking lighter European Pilsner-style beers. Its color is pale to deep gold with good clarity. Its feel is effervescent with medium-high to high carbonation and a medium body that might be slightly creamy. Its alcohol strength is moderate and can lend a slight warmth to the feel. Should have a mildly dry finish. The aroma can consist of grainy sweet malt, a subtle yeast character, and light hops that can be earthy or spicy. The palate follows the nose and can add spicy phenols and a sugar or honey sweetness.

Dorée is a Belgian Pale Ale brewed by Bières de Chimay that’s light and refreshing with mildly bitter hops, fruity esters, and doughy bread.

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Monk de Soleil Belgian-style Pale Ale by Barrel of Monks Brewing and 7venth Sun Brewery brilliantly mixes fruit, yeast in this highly carbonated brew.

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Trader Joe’s Sour Framboise is a Belgian Pale Ale by De Brabandere (under the Petrus label) that mixes beer styles and various tart fruit flavors.

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Golden State Ale is a Belgian-style Pale Ale by Uncommon Brewers that blends floral hops and poppy seeds with candied fruit and bready malt.

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