VinePair is ringing in the Holiday Cheers with a spotlight on the bottles we’re gifting (and hoping to receive) and a look inside some of our favorite holiday traditions and recipes — from elevated eggnog to all things bubbly. Plus, we’ll be reflecting on the past year in the beverage industry and shifting our focus to the drinks trends we expect to see in 2022. 

Welcome to Ale Academy (and Lagers Too)! In this Introduction to Beer Styles course taught by the illustrious (fictional) Dr. Janine D. Clerk, each comic-ale lesson will introduce a type of beer and its aromas, flavors, and exemplary bottles to look for, with splashes of humor and history along the way. Dr. Clerk is the newest head of academic learning at the academy. She’s also a distant relative of the famous Belgian brewing scientist Jean De Clerck.

In this lesson, we’ll explore Belgian Strong Dark Ale and Belgian Quadrupel.

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This comic explains the history of Belgian strong dark and quad ale

Missed the last class? Check it out here: American Barleywine.