Belgian Golden Strong
Like the Belgian Dark Strong, this is a big ale, often measuring up at 9% ABV and higher. However it has a secular ancestry after World War I, not a monastic one. Ales in this style are often named after the devil (Duvel), or some other foul character, such as Lucifer, Judas, Brigand or Piraat. Belgian Golden Strong is a complex dance of floral hop bitterness, fruity and spicy fermentation character, high alcohol and light pilsner-style malts. It is highly carbonated and has a light body, which temptingly hides the large nature of this style. At nearly 10% ABV, brewers can’t hide the alcohol, but it should always finish smooth and never hot.