At 9.5% abv this belgian golden strong will put a smile on your face no matter how long of a day you had at the office or at home.
Belgian pale strong ales are pale to golden in color with relatively light body for a beer of its alcoholic strength. often brewed with light colored belgian "candy" sugar, these beers are well attenuated. the perception of hop bitterness is medium-low to medium -high, with hop flavor and aroma also in this range. these beers are highly attenuated and have a perceptively deceiving high alcoholic character-being light to medium bodied rather than full bodied. the intensity of malt character should be low to medium, often surviving along with a complex fruitiness. very little or no diacetyl is perceived. herbs and spices are sometimes used to delicately flavor these strong ales. low levels of phenolic spiciness from yeast byproducts may also be perceived. chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
The number one reason is craft beer tastes better than the "beer water" that is mass produced and mass marketed by the big beer companies. Craft beer tastes better because craft brewers spend their time focusing the quality of their beer rather than focusing on their marketing campaigns and stock prices.
Oh yeah! Craft beers can pack a punch. Most craft beers range from 5-10% ABV, but some can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% ABV.