Whenever I post photos of beers around the 8% mark, I get comments like, that must be like treacle or it must just taste of alcohol. Well in some cases they are perfectly right but there are some strong beers that taste very nice indeed.
This list will contain both and they will all be over 10%.
I will start at 10% and work my way up to 14%, the strongest I have had to date.
Van Steenberge, Gulden Draak from Belgium
10.5% very dark red in colour with a thin head, lot of fruit in the aroma and the taste is very complex, it was like eating a quarter pound of Midget Gems in one go (this is a UK thing I think), Lyons Midget Gems that is, not Maynards and it is strong, a new favourite for me.
Van Honsebrouck, Kasteel Triple from Belgium
11% gold colour with a good head, the aroma is sweet alcohol and fruitcake, taste is sweet fruits, I like this beer very much but only drink it occasionally, a bit too strong for everyday use.
Rochefort, Trappistes 10 from Belgium
11.3% deep brown colour with a quickly fading head, sweet fruity aroma, fruity caramel malt taste and very strong alcohol mouth feel.
Grolsch, Kanon from Holland
11.6% gold colour with a thin head, grass aroma, sweet malt taste and a very strong alcohol and slightly sticky mouth feel.
Malheur, 12 from Belgium
12% very dark with a good head, sweet malt aroma, very sweet malt, fruit and toffee taste, the high alcohol is not apparent at first but lingers after you swallow.
De Gayant, La Bière Du Démon - 12° de Plaisir Diabolique from France
12% gold colour with practically no head, sweet floral aroma, fizzy sweet alcohol taste, not the best beer in the world but at the time it was the strongest I had at that time.
Dubuisson, Bush Ambrée from Belgium
12.0% amber colour with a good head, nice fruity aroma, fruity caramel taste, not just strong, tasty as well.
Grain d’Orge, Belzebuth from France
13.0% light amber colour with a thin head, sweet malt aroma, taste is sweet and strong.
De Gayant, 13 No Way franc France
13% gold colour with no head, sweet malt aroma, strong alcohol taste, not nice.
John Martin, Gordon Finest Titanium from Belgium
14% deep gold colour with no head, sweet malt aroma, sweet warming alcohol taste. This is the strongest beer I have had to date, it was more like having a whisky than a beer, I will not be buying it again.