Belgian Strong Ale Beer Recipes

Belgian strong ale is a category with a wide range of characteristics with higher levels of alcohol. Most of the styles contain some level of fermentation-derived yeast character.

Belgian Dubbel

Dubious Dubbel

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This beer recipe is featured in "Extract Revisited" by Mark Pasquinelli in the January/February 2012 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

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Belgian Dubbel can be a tricky style to master, but this recipe makes it attainable for any brewer! Expect a very drinkable, malt-forward dubbel with a slightly sweet finish. Keeping the fermentation temperature in the 68-70° F (20-21° C) range will help develop fruity yeast-derived notes without the fusel alcohol character.

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Belgian Tripel

Goedt Bier ca. 1679-1689

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This recipe was provided courtesy of Roel Mulder. When in the 1990s the Bosteels brewery was developing a three-grain beer, they came upon a 17th century brewing record from the Discalced (“shoeless”) Carmelite monastery in the nearby town of Dendermonde. They used it as an inspiration for their now world-famous Tripel Karmeliet.

Here’s Roel's interpretation of the original recipe for the Carmelites’ “Good Beer” from approximately 1679–1689. The original monastery was closed in 1796 and subsequently demolished. It is now the site of a courthouse.

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Belgian Tripel

THC-Infused Tripel Royal Stag

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This recipe comes courtesy of Mark Rocheleau and Andrew Orr. There are options for homebrewers who live in states where marijuana and/or industrial hemp is legal and want to combine their craft beer with marijuana or hemp for personal enjoyment. This tripel-style, THC infusion combines the golden strong ale mild spice with a pleasing THC tincture.

THC-infused beer can—and very likely will—induce psychoactive effects, which can vary from person to person. Consume these beers responsibly and at your own risk. If you are unsure of what to expect, start with a very small sample and wait a few hours before consuming more.

Editor's Note: Despite legalization and/or decriminalization of cannabis and cannabis-derived products by many states and the District of Columbia, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and, thus, federally illegal. The American Homebrewers Association neither endorses nor discourages brewing with cannabis-related products, however homebrewers who do so should remember that such beers are not permitted in the National Homebrew Competition. Most local and regional competitions also do not allow cannabis beers at this time.

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Belgian Blond Ale

Brilliant Blond

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John Groeger of Mechanicsville, MD, member of the Fredericksburg Brewing Insiders, won a bronze medal in Category #21: Belgian Ale with a Belgian Blond Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Groeger’s Belgian Blond Ale was chosen as a top three entry among 231 entries in the category.Read More

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Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Jon Safadão BDSA

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Jonas Geiss of Guarulhos, BRA, member of the Acerva Paulista homebrew club, won a bronze medal in Category #22: Strong Belgian Ale with a Belgian Dark Strong Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Geiss’s Dark Strong Ale was chosen as a top three entry among 389 entries in the category.Read More

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Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Nuetnigenough Belgian Golden Strong

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Wesley Carmichael & Mandy Naglich of New York, NY, won a silver medal in Category #22: Strong Belgian Ale with a Belgian Golden Strong Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Carmichael’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale was chosen as the runner-up entry among 389 entries in the category.Read More

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Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Four the Win (FTW) Belgian Dark Strong

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Michael Maugel of Denver, CO, won a gold medal in Category #22: Strong Belgian Ale with a Dark Belgian Strong Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI, with the help of Jarrod Hanson. Maugel and Hanson's Strong Belgian Ale was chosen as the best among 389 entries in the category.Read More

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Belgian Tripel

Trappist Tripel

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Here's what recipe creator Kurt Elia has to say on Trappist Tripel:

A unique aspect of this recipe is the small yeast starter I add to the bottling bucket. When I have brewed high-alcohol beers in the past, bottle conditioning has been slow. Sometimes it never reached the desired level of carbonation. Tripels are supposed to be nicely effervescent, so I didn’t want to take any chances. This method worked well, and I will make this a regular part of my process for big, bottle-conditioned beers in the future.

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Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Wedge Brewing Co. Golem Belgian Strong Pale Ale

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This beer from Wedge Brewing Co. was first brewed in 2000 at home in Georgia after falling in love with the Belgian beer Piraat. Named Golem after Led Zeppelin's lyric in "Ramble On," this beer has evolved over the years into a perfect balance of malt sweetness, yeast esters and Czech Saaz.

This homebrew recipe is featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes 2019. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!

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Belgian Tripel

River Horse Brewing Company Tripel Horse

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Tripel Horse has been the flagship beer of River Horse Brewing Co. since the company was founded in 1996. This dark-gold Belgian tripel has hints of clove, coriander and banana all packed into a 10% ABV beer.

This homebrew recipe is featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes 2019. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!

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Belgian Golden Strong Ale

La Bomba Belgian Golden Strong

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The following recipe was featured in the January/February 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are included with an AHA Membership; see all the benefits of membership here!

Courtesy of Christopher Cardillo, in addition to earning bronze in the 2018 GABF Pro-Am Competition, this recipe took gold at the May 2018 Halfpenny Brewing Co. competition with a score of 42.

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