Chalices are wide, ornate goblets. These glasses are designed to serve Belgian Strong Ale Styles - high in alcohol, complex with spices and fruit, and highly carbonated. Chalices are usually tall yet smaller in volume than a standard pint glass. A large portion of Belgian beers are brewed in monasteries, so the chalice, being a religious icon, is an appropriate design.
Chalices may have nucleation sites on the bottom surface to improve head creation and retention. The most interesting part of a chalice is the decorative nature of them. Articulate engraving, golden rims, and elaborate stems are used to make this type of glassware beautiful. The bold and sacred design of a chalice pairs well with the nature of strong ale it serves.
12 fluid oz (350 mL)
Soda Lime Glass
Wide diameter, slope varies
wide diameter allows for a broad, thick, foamy head when served
wide diameter promotes easy sipping
Wide diameter, short height, sloping outward
short height increases beer surface area, increasing heat transfer from surroundings, increasing aroma release over time
outward slope supports a foamy head
outward slope creates a pretty color gradient - lighter at the bottom and darker at the top
Round shape increases beer surface area, increasing heat transfer from surroundings, increasing aroma release over time
Round shape allows your hand to cup the glass and swirl beer for aroma release
may have nucleation sites on the bottom to improve head creation and retention
stem raises center of gravity for slightly less stability
stem adds elegance/class
Presents decorative printing or engraving
Chalices with thick glass are safe for rough handling, dishwashers, and festive toasts
Thick glass reduces heat transfer from surroundings, keeping beer cold
Chalices with thinner crystal are more delicate
Thin crystal allows heat transfer from surroundings, increasing carbonation and aroma release
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