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Belgian Pale Ale beers got their start during the era of WWII when they were brewed to be mass-produced and compete with Pilsners. Their Belgian Pale Ale was inspired by British Pale Ales, of course with Belgians adding their own twists and flavors. Interestingly, this amber to copper colored beer isn't very pale for being named a pale ale.

Belgian-Style Pale Ales showcase a light, but present Belgian malt flavor, a delicate handling of hops, and flavors of fruit and spice from Belgian yeast. The malt adds toasted flavors of caramel and nuts, while the Belgian hops add spice and a slight bitterness to the finish.

Brewers are experimenting with hoppy Belgian Pale Ales by adding extra hops to entice American hophead consumers. By adding extra hops they become closer to an IPA, but most Belgian beer drinkers prefer their milder version and consider most IPAs to be too hoppy for their liking.

Belgian Pale Ales are with an ABV in the 4.5-7% range, and are best served in a tulip glass, cooled between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. These sessionable Belgian-style beers pair well with crisp salads, grilled fish, lamb chops, and sausages.