A dry and nicely hopped fruity pale ale, this Belgian is slightly stronger than its British counterparts.
Specialty malts: Caravienne®
Featured hops: Hersbrucker, Styrian Golding
O.G. = 1.054
F.G. = 1.012
Approximately 5.5% ABV
Approximately 180 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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Very good recipe. Belgian is not my favorite but this came out very tasty. My wife and friends also thought this was good. I would definitely brew this one again.
This turned out to be an excellent beer. Spicy, fruity, refreshing. I wish AHS would bring it back, or at least carry the hops to put the recipe together again.
I brewed this back in October. After two weeks primary, two weeks secondary, four weeks in the bottle, it became a nice beer. I used the dry yeast with the extract kit. I had a nice balance between the spicy and fruity notes. I have just one bottle left. The last bottle I drank was around April 4. It was by far the best of the batch. Give this brew some time and you will be rewarded.
My first brew. Extract, Wyeast Ardennes, 1 week primary, 1 week secondary, 3 weeks in bottle. Higher temperatures (75ish F) during primary fermententation really accentuated spices/ester profile (my brew room smelled like a banana plantation). I am amazed how excellent this turned out. It has a very subtle sourness with a spicy finish. Hop bitterness is well balanced by malt overtones. Beatiful red/brown color and nice soft head. The gentleman below is absolutely correct: don't touch this beer until it has been bottle conditioned for three weeks minimum. By memory, and this may be a stretch, this reminds me of a very young Orval (1 month in bottle) I had that had not really been taken hold of by the bottling Brett. A very complex (but pretty accessible for a Belgian) and elegant beer. Will brew this style many more times. It came with peanuts.
The instructions on this one say to let it condition for 3 weeks after fermentation, and you definitely want to wait that long before drinking, if not 4 weeks. This was the second brew I ever did, and my first one tasted great after only a week or two, so I thought the same would happen here. Not so. It was pretty flat, very unfinished. All that said, once I waited the specified time, it had a nice crisp flavor that was very good for warm weather.