Monastic Ale

BJCP 2021:


Monastic Ale is a term used to describe a variety of beer styles traditionally brewed within the walls of Christian monasteries, primarily by the monks in Belgium. These beers often fall under the umbrella of Trappist and Abbey beers and include styles such as Belgian Dubbel, Belgian Tripel, and Belgian Quad. The Monastic Ale category exemplifies strong brewing traditions, where respect for historical recipes and methods is paramount.

The beers within this category are distinct in their complexity, often showcasing rich maltiness with varying degrees of sweetness, balanced by a moderate to high level of hop bitterness. Fruit and spice esters are produced by the distinctive yeast strains used in fermentation, which can impart flavors such as banana, clove, apple, pear, or peppery notes. Dubbels are typically dark with caramel and chocolate notes; Tripels are usually pale to golden with a more pronounced hop character; Quadrupels are stronger and darker than Dubbels with noticeable alcohol warmth and darker fruit flavors. Each of these styles stands out from other beer categories due to their unique fermentation characteristics, traditional ingredients (like Belgian candi sugar), high carbonation levels often achieved through bottle conditioning, and their monastic heritage which denotes a dedication to craft and contemplative brewing practices.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
5.3 < 8.1 < 11.1 %


In Database
14 < 25 < 42 IBU


In Database
7 < 24 < 48 EBC
4 < 12 < 24 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
12.1 < 18.6 < 24.8 °P
1.049 < 1.077 < 1.106 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.3 < 3.9 < 6.6 °P
1.005 < 1.015 < 1.026 FG

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