Belgian Pale Ale

The Belgian brewing scene is littered with Belgian Pales, which were initially brewed to compete with Pilseners during the WWII era. Traditionally, they differ from other regional Pale Ales by being less bitter, using aged hops for a delicate hop finish, and having sweet 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 various amber hues. Most will be crowned with thick, clinging, rocky white heads. Flavors and aromas will vary. Some have natural spice character contributed by yeast and hops, while others are deliberately spiced. There's also a more recent trend to make hoppier Pale Ales to entice the US market and its hopheads. See: De Ranke XX Bitter.

ABV: 4.5–7.0% | IBU: 20–30 | Glassware: Tulip

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Orval Trappist AleBrasserie d'Orval S.A.6.905,6604.24
Rare Vos Amber AleBrewery Ommegang6.503,4754.09
Petrus Aged PaleDe Brabandere7.302,5434.12
RedemptionRussian River Brewing Company5.151,6934.04
Spencer Trappist AleThe Spencer Brewery6.501,2864.03
Belgian SessionBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)4.251,2223.36
Palm / Palm SpecialeBrouwerij Palm NV5.401,1173.32
Karma Belgian Style Pale AleAvery Brewing Company5.209973.41
Luciérnaga, The FireflyJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales6.509694.06
A Little CrazyRevolution Brewing6.808374.03
Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style PaleCoors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)5.608093.14
Hop HouseBrewery Ommegang6.008073.8
RaftmanUnibroue5.507963.89
VerbotenWeyerbacher Brewing Co.5.907423.78
Stone SoupNew Glarus Brewing Company5.306233.79
Liquid GoldCaptain Lawrence Brewing Co.6.006153.83
De Koninck APA (Antwaarpse Pale Ale)Brouwerij De Koninck NV5.205883.65
Taras BoulbaBrasserie de la Senne4.505533.9
Brugse ZotHuisbrouwerij De Halve Maan6.005513.71
DoréeBières de Chimay4.805373.9
The CitizenDC Brau Brewing Co.7.005093.56
Belgian Style Amber AleDark Horse Brewing Company5.504803.5
SingelHardywood Park Craft Brewery6.204773.79
Saint's DevotionThe Lost Abbey6.804533.89
Bruegel Amber AleBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.5.203963.53
Extra 4 Belgian Abbey AleBrouwerij St. Bernardus NV4.803963.95
JardinierThe Bruery4.903933.8
Cuvée Des TrollsBrasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl7.003793.59
Sixteen CountiesAllagash Brewing Company7.303524.05
Hommel BierPerennial Artisan Ales5.903493.79
House BeerAllagash Brewing Company4.503483.94
Fatty BoombalattyFurthermore Beer7.203413.83
Hoppy Table BeerAllagash Brewing Company4.803254.01
Lil' DevilAleSmith Brewing Company5.953153.78
Hell's BelleBig Boss Brewing7.002933.57
Saranac Belgian AleMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.902903.36
Witkap Pater Singel / StimuloBrouwerij Slaghmuylder6.002883.76
ZinnebirBrasserie de la Senne6.002833.93
It's Alright!Mikkeller ApS4.502093.12
High Striker SingleGreat Lakes Brewing Co.4.801923.7
Antigoon By Robert WiedmaierThe Musketeers Brouwerijcafé7.001904.01
Fleur De LehighPhiladelphia Brewing Company4.501893.42
White Birch Belgian Style Pale AleWhite Birch Brewing6.401883.59
Bière Du Boucanier RedBrouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.7.001873.82
Joey PepperEvil Twin Brewing7.001863.71
Seef BierAntwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.6.501813.7
Belgian Golden AleThe Schlafly Tap Room7.001803.75
The HarlotSociete Brewing Co.5.601793.81
LeonOmnipollo6.501763.89
Monks' AleAbbey Brewing Co. (Monastery Of Christ In The Desert)5.101733.51
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