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.
Similar Beer Styles:
Now that you’re a Strong Ale genius, read up on other beer styles:
Green Beer Experiment: Does Dye or Food Colouring Affect Your Beer Flavour?
We were at the office having a discussion about St. Paddy’s Day, when someone announced, “green beer is awful, it tastes like CRAP!”. So we asked the important question…does it really?!?!
What is a Sour Ale or Wild Ale?
Sour 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.
Beers That Taste Sweet & Malty (Flavour Profile – 4 of 7)
Bitter and Hoppy Beers: The perfect beers for anyone who loves dried fruit, Werther’s Original candy, bold flavours and just a pinch of sweet flavours.
India Pale Ale (IPA) vs. Double IPA (DIPA) – What’s the Difference?
Unsure of the differences between a Double / Imperial IPA and a regular IPA? Continue reading to learn what sets these hoppy beer styles apart.
Ales vs. Lagers – What’s the Difference?
What is the difference between an ale and a lager? Are lagers a type of ale? If you find yourself asking questions about ale and lager beer styles every time you reach for one, this article will teach you the difference and about their different beer types!