Belgian Dubbel is a rich malty beer with spicy and mild alcoholic characteristics. Some dark fruit aromas and flavors may be present, with no lingering hop flavor. It gets its caramel color not from roasted malts but from a highly caramelized sugar syrup called “candi syrup.”
Traditionally bright yellow to gold in color, with an aroma and flavor that’s spicy and fruity/estery, with a sweet finish. The use of Belgian candy sugar lightens the body and gives the beer complexity.
Inspired by Belgium’s Trappist brewers, a Quadrupel is a Belgian-style ale of great strength with a bolder flavor than its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Color is typically within the deep red, brown, and garnet hues; full-bodied with a rich, malty palate. Sweet, low bitterness, well perceived alcohol.
Saisons are also known as “farmhouse ales” because Belgian farmers would brew the beers in the winter to be consumed through the summer months, when they were busy tending to their crops. Once an endangered style, in recent years there has been a massive revival, especially amongst U.S. craft beer brewers. Fruity in aroma and flavor, with earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness, with lots of spice and a medium bitterness.