Posts Tagged ‘belgian pale ale’

Brett Backspin Belgian Pale Ale

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
brett backspin belgian pale ale pot

Boiling Wort

I changed the recipe of the original Backspin Belgian Pale Ale and used Wyeast 5112 Brettanomyces bruxellensis for this brew day. I brewed the beer only because I had this planned and the yeast starter (more to come) started the week before as I had a bad cold. I am hoping that I didn’t contaminate the beer with my disease ridden breath.

For the first time since I started brewing all grain I had my grain crushed by a different grain mill. The crush was much finer than I am used to. The mash tun manifold had no problem with my original gravity benefiting to the tune of almost 80% efficiency. I will continue using the same grain mill for the next few batches to determine if this will be the typical efficiency to expect from the mill.

The yeast starter I made the Sunday before I brewed. The starter was ready by Thursday, three days ahead of time, so I sat on it. Surprisingly it took off quickly, percolating quite nicely the next morning, 12 hours after pitching the starter.


Fermenting Away

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast 5112
Yeast Starter: 2 Liter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.011 (estimate)
IBU: 25.3
Color: 7.0 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation: 30 – 60 days @70*F

Grain Bill:
9.50# Pilsner
1.00# Munich
0.25# Aromatic
0.25# Caramunich

Mash 154*F for 60 minutes.

Hop Bill:
1.50oz Fuggles (4.5%) @ 60 min
0.50oz Fuggles (4.5%) @ 20 min

Outside of being sick, as I mentioned above, the brew day went well. I was very satisfied with the efficiency gained from the new mill crush (I usually double milled the grain with the other mill I was using). Now the hard part will be the wait until I hit my final gravity. Enjoy!

2012-07-28: Time to taste – five months since brew day should round it out nicely(?)

2013-02-22: Last bottle turned out to be better than any other. Really nice beer.

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White Birch Brewing Belgian Style Pale Ale (365 Day 349)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
white birch brewing belgian style pale ale

White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale

I never like to talk about an American craft beer in a negative sense. If you have followed my roller coaster ride of American craft beer over the past year I have always stated this fact as I know how much effort goes into brewing each and every beer. Along comes beer number 349 from White Birch Brewing.

Eighteen months or so ago, I was on a hunting down beers from White Birch. I had heard really good things about the brewery with each of their beers receiving high marks on the usual web beer grading sites.

Belgian Style Pale Ale was one of the bottles that I landed during those hunting days. To my dismay the aroma was average at best (thus the 6) while the pour was one of the lightest beers that I have ever poured (6 might have been gracious). The flavor began the disappointment. There wasn’t much there, what was there wasn’t balanced, and very difficult to even explain. Maybe this beer shouldn’t have been cellared as I noticed on one of those beer ratings sites that people that tried “old” bottles rated much worse than new.

I still have a few more bottles of White Birch in the basement that I will be trying over the next few months. I am hoping that they are similar to my experience with Tripel. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6 (25%), Taste: 2 (25%), Look: 6 (15%), Drinkability: 3 (35%), Overall: 4.0

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Pelican Pub & Brewery Ankle-Buster Ale (365 Day 333)

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
pelican pub & brewery ankle-buster ale

Pelican Ankle-Buster Ale

The more American craft beer I have from Pelican Pub & Brewery the more I want. Ankle-Buster Ale is the third beer I have reviewed from Pelican. I have to say that I like the other two beers from Pelican a bit more, by no means is Ankle-Buster a slouch.

A blend of styles: English pale and Belgian, the beer caries both sides well, complementing. Spices mingle with the sweet malty side. Easy drinking and quite nice. A definite beer to try. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.6

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Two Beer Dudes Get Together with Belgian Theme

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Rich and I had a chance to get together last night but not much site discussion went on. We ate dinner then got down to business: tasting beer. Rich provided the drink and the three bombers that we had were all Belgians. The line-up consisted of (in drinking order):

If you look at the reviews you will notice that only one of us actually free run 3.0 v4 reviewed the beers but we both enjoyed them. I would rank them in the following order:

  1. Matilda (2009)
  2. Salvation
  3. The Lost Abbey – Avant Garde

Matilda (2009) really was a solid beer followed closely by Salvation while the style (Bière de Garde) of The Lost Abbey – Avant Garde might have been the biggest hindrance for me. I would easily suggest the first two to anyone interested in Belgians. Enjoy!