Belgian Blond Ale

Recipes:
4,520
BJCP 2021:
25A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇧🇪 Belgium
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Pale
Strength:
High
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Belgian Blond Ale is a style that strikes a delicate balance between sweetness, fruitiness, and yeast-driven complexity. It originated in the mid-20th century, as Belgian breweries sought to craft beers that were approachable, yet embodied the traditional characteristics of Belgian brewing. These beers were crafted as a response to the growing popularity of Pilsners, offering a distinctly Belgian interpretation that was both palatable to the masses and showcased the artistry of Belgian brewing.

Visually, Belgian Blond Ales present with a lovely golden hue and a clarity that can range from bright to slightly hazy. A robust, creamy white head sits atop the beer and is typically long-lasting. As for aroma and flavor, these beers are marked by a moderate sweetness and often exhibit fruity notes reminiscent of oranges or apples coupled with subtle spicy phenolics from the yeast. The malt profile offers a soft background with hints of bread or biscuit-like flavors. A gentle hop bitterness provides balance but never overshadows the interplay between malt sweetness and yeast character.

In comparison to other styles, Belgian Blond Ales are less complex than their stronger counterparts like Belgian Tripels or Belgian Golden Strong Ales but share some flavor characteristics due to similar yeast strains used during fermentation. They tend to be lighter in alcohol content, color, and body compared to these stronger styles while maintaining an elegance and depth of flavor that makes them distinct within the realm of Belgian beer offerings.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
6.0 – 7.5 %

In Database
5.5 < 6.5 < 8.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
15 – 30 IBU

In Database
12 < 23 < 35 IBU

Color

Specification
8 – 12 EBC
4 – 6 SRM

In Database
7 < 10 < 13 EBC
3 < 5 < 7 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
15.1 – 18.1 °P
1.062 – 1.075 OG

In Database
12.3 < 15.3 < 18.6 °P
1.050 < 1.063 < 1.077 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 4.6 °P
1.008 – 1.018 FG

In Database
1.2 < 3.6 < 5.2 °P
1.005 < 1.014 < 1.021 FG

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