12 of the Best Belgian Style Ales, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Light the Lamp Brewery Still Single (88)

“Melon and cucumber on the nose with very light pepper underneath. Crisp as it hints at refreshing. The sip crackles with a stiff carb, but the tropical-flavor notes are a bit of a departure for the style. Modern and intriguing.”

Perennial Southside Blonde (89)

Still clove-forward on the front, but the hops come through more on the palate with lemon, grassy, and grapefruit character. Low sweetness and low bitterness. This is almost like a spiced holiday wine. Moderate carbonation accentuates a crisp finish. A bit fuller in body than a ‘traditional’ blonde.

Broad Brook Brewing Company Biere de Pêche (90)

“Stone fruit and pumpkin pie with pulses of pepper in the nose. The sip plays on the sweet and spicy theme, quickly presenting round peach notes, then snatching them back in a tight peppery fit.”

Hardywood Park Hardywood Singel (91)

Balance between citrus character and some spicy herbal notes. Fruit comes through as orange, lemon, a bit of pear, and white grape. Herbal notes add a bit of spice. Some toast. Slight bitterness, but not overpowering, and balanced with the taste. Nice dry finish and medium-high carbonation.

pFriem Family Brewers Belgian-Style Dark Ale (91)

“Toasted hazelnut offers a suggestion of sweetness, but a clinical floral note chastises the appearance of indulgence. The sip brings familiar esters and phenols, tied up in a leathery bitterness. Alcohol offers warming comfort.”

De Ranke XX Bitter (92)

“The nose offers a play of earthy/woody with a bit of creamy orange and grapefruit. The sip confounds expectations for a fermentation-driven beer, throwing a wall of hop bitterness that only a few glimpses of fruit can shine through.”

Ritual Brewing Monk's Lunch (92)

The orange citrus comes out more in the flavor with honeyed cracker after. A moderate sweetness up front with a moderate bitterness after. Slightly spiced hops character. The beer is light overall without being watery.

Brasserie de la Senne Taras Boulba (93)

“Boldly effervescent and profoundly hop-forward in the nose with a spicy herbal and pepper note. The sip drops into very dry white-pepper and floral notes with an energetic carb and a lingering soft Noble bitterness. Pulsing with quick staccato bursts that gradually fade.”

Societe The Harlot (94)

More citrus, herbal, and grassy with a bit of bready malt in the finish. Peppery phenols. Moderate low sweetness with low bitterness and a nice dry finish with a bit of hops bitterness that’s not overpowering. Refreshing.