Belgian Pale is a fairly broad category, which captures a vast range of beers. Possibly the most famous member of the group is Orval, which really has no peers. The group can also include beers such as Westvleteren Blonde, Palm Speciale and St Bernardus Extra 4.
In such a broad category the beer is open to the interpretation of the brewer, and the Brew By Numbers team attribute their inspiration to De La Senne’s Taras Boulba. We had this beer way back in May 2014. It is a very crisp, dry and bitter pale ale.
As with all the BBNo’s beers, the version of this particular style is second number, and this beer uses Crystal (think Rogue Brutal Bitter) and Tettnang (German aroma hops).
The body is light, with a crisp grainy malt backbone supporting grassy and floral hop bitterness. Belgian yeast characteristics blend in nicely, to add banana and citrus with a peppery spice and slight funk. The beer finishes really dry with a pleasant lingering hop and spice bite.