Belgian dark strong ale
Booze factor: 8-12%
How's it taste: In most cases, these are big, bold, and intense, with spices (cloves and pepper) and dried fruit (like figs, cherries, and plums) blending to create a balance of sweetness, malt, and alcohol.
What you should know about it: If you were wondering where "Trappist quadruple" was on this list, you've found it! This is a difficult-to-define category that boasts some of the most sought-after beers in the world (especially the Trappist ones like "Westy" 12). This is sometimes the style you're also dealing with if you see a label sporting "Abbey ale."
What you should eat with it: Think big: pungent Stilton blue or washed-rind cheeses, grilled meats, hefty stews, or rich chocolate desserts all work well here. Perfect for Philly cheesesteaks with onions and mushrooms.
Prime examples: Westvleteren 12, AleSmith Grand Cru, Allagash Avance, Boulevard The Sixth Glass