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American-Belgo-Style Ale

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Location: North American
Category: Ale

Style Description

This is the description of how the American-Belgo-Style Ale style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the American-Belgo-Style Ale beer style.

American-Belgo-Style Ales are either 1) non-Belgian beer types portraying the unique characters imparted by yeasts typically used in big, fruity Belgian-style ales, or 2) defined Belgian-style beers displaying the hallmark attributes typical of American variety hops. These beers are unique unto themselves. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as ingredients or processing which influence perceived sensory outcomes. Competition organizers may create subcategories which reflect groups of entries based on color, hop varieties, or underlying beer styles.

  • Color: Gold to black
  • Body: Medium-low to medium
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Typically low. Perception of specialty or roasted malts or barley can be very low to robust in darker versions.
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Medium to very high, exhibiting American-type hop aromas not usually found in traditional Belgian styles.
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Medium to very high
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity esters are medium to high. Belgian yeast attributes such as banana, berry, apple, coriander, spice and/or smoky-phenolic should be in balance with malt and hops. Diacetyl, sulfur and attributes typical of Brettanomyces should not be present.

Brewing Properties of American-Belgo-Style Ale

These are the functional brewing properties of American-Belgo-Style Ale beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.