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Belgian Pale Ale

Belgian Pales consume the Belgian brewing scene, and were initially brewed to compete with Pilseners during the WWII time frame. They differ from other regional Pale Ale varieties, by traditionally being less bitter, using aged hops for a delicate hop finish, and boasting sweetish to toasty malt overtones. They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle. This will showcase their brilliant color range from pale straw yellow to amber hues. Most will be crowned with thick, clinging, rocky white heads. Flavors and aromas will vary. Some have natural spice characters from yeast and hops, while others are spiced.

There's a recent growing trend to make much more "hoppy" Pale Ales, to entice the US market and its hopheads. See De Ranke XX Bitter.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Orval Trappist AleBrasserie d'Orval S.A.6.204.162,193100
Leffe BlondeAbbaye de Leffe S.A.6.603.61,28566
Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Brewery Ommegang6.504.031,11598
Petrus Aged PaleDe Brabandere7.303.9767698
RedemptionRussian River Brewing Company5.154.06548-
Affligem BlondBrouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem6.803.8950194
KarmaAvery Brewing Company5.203.448873
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Brewery Ommegang6.20446390
Rayon VertGreen Flash Brewing Co.7.003.94426-
Trappist Westvleteren BlondeBrouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)5.804.2542280
Luciérnaga, The FireflyJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales6.504.06382-
VerbotenWeyerbacher Brewing Co.5.903.8231984
De KoninckBrouwerij De Koninck NV5.003.6131990
Devotion AleThe Lost Abbey6.303.8931990
Grimbergen BlondeBrouwerij Alken-Maes6.703.69316-
Bruegel Amber AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.5.203.4930983
Stone SoupNew Glarus Brewing Company5.303.7729485
Palm / Palm SpecialeBrouwerij Palm NV5.403.31273-
Saranac Belgian AleMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.903.3823578
Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleCoors Brewing Company5.403.2421974
Belgian SessionBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)4.253.4820975
Witkap Pater Singel / StimuloBrouwerij Slaghmuylder6.003.7620782
Maredsous 6 - BlondeBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV6.003.79200-
Taras BoulbaBrasserie de la Senne4.503.93193-
SpringboardNew Belgium Brewing6.203.56184-
Fleur De HoublonBrewery Ommegang6.804.05165-
Brugse ZotBrouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan6.003.63162-
Liquid GoldCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.6.003.94160-
Duvel SingleBrouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV6.803.92160-
Spencer Trappist AleSpencer Brewery6.504.0415280
Troubadour Blond AleBrouwerij De Musketiers6.504.01151100
Kasteel BlondBrouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.7.003.8915095
La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.6.503.714969
Fatty BoombalattyFurthermore Beer7.203.8614389
LoftNew Belgium Brewing4.003.54139-
It's Alright!Mikkeller ApS4.502.96131-
Lips Of Faith - Le Fleur Misseur?New Belgium Brewing6.503.76124-
Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde AleUinta Brewing Company6.803.55120-
Cuvée De RankeBrouwerij De Ranke7.004.16119-
Bière Du Boucanier RedBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.7.003.81117-
Saint's DevotionThe Lost Abbey6.803.99116-
Hop HouseBrewery Ommegang6.003.83112-
Petrus BlondDe Brabandere6.603.46112-
Val-Dieu BlondBrasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu6.003.8610996
Cuvée Des TrollsBrasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl7.003.51106-
Hell's BelleBig Boss Brewing7.003.57106-
DoréeBières de Chimay S.A.4.803.8299-
Augustijn BlondBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.8.003.6999-
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale AleFlat Earth Brewing Company5.203.7398-
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