Beer Styles 201: What is a Strong Ale?
Strong Ales: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.
By The Beer Community on Mar. 22, 2016
What are Strong Ales?
Strong Ales are known for their high alcohol content, usually 8% – 15%, and come in a variety of colours from different places around the world.
Strong Ale Essential Information:
England, North America, Belgium
Strong Ales range from gold to amber and copper to dark brown. They have variable clarity and head retention.
Flavour & Aroma:
Strong Ales tend to have a pronounced yeast character which can make them fruity or spicy. Strong beers are also exceptionally rich and flavorful with a bold malt character.
Palate & Mouthfeel:
These beers tend to have a low carbonation, and warming qualities from the high alcohol content. Their finish is long and complex.
What foods pair well with a Strong Ale?
The strong nature of these beers stand really well with lamb or strong cheeses. If you want dessert then a Strong Ale is perfect with crème brûlee or dark chocolate.
How to serve Strong Ales:
Strong Ales should be served at cellar temperature 50-55℉ (10-15℃) in a chalice, goblet, tulip or snifter glass.
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