Ale. This is the first time that I have tried this beer and it is EXCELLENT. I'm told it is very expensive and I now know why. It's super smooth and creamy, has a little bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste but the flavor is very good that you can enjoy tasting minutes after swallowing. We recieved this as a gift during cyclocross season and I just now opened the pint bottle. The alcohol content is 7.2% which is pretty strong so it's not a beer that you can sit down and drink alot of unless you want to go to sleep fairly quick. This is probably one of the the best ales that I have ever had in my opinion.