Clone All Grain Belgian Recipe Kit
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L'Abbaye de Notre Dame de Scourmont. Chimay, Belgium.
Makes 5 US gallons
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Brewed this 6 days ago, didn't hit OG. Only got 1.077 out of the grain and sugar. I have a HERMS and should have gotten more, but after 5 days in the primary, it's down to 1.022 and I racked to a secondary last night. The Color is spot on and the. Very small taste I took lends me to believe this is gonna come out amazing.
I brewed this for my wife and friend that both love Grande Reserve. We were a little impatient and tasted at 2,3,4 and then 6 months.Aging to 6 months finished the beer. I am ordering another kit now in preparation for the fall.
Best beer I've ever made.
Thought I would try my first mini-mash with the Chimay Grand Reserve since it is one of my favorites. This kit was fool proof. I fermented for 7 days and then put into a secondary for 8 days. Final gravity reading was what it should have been. It came out to be 8.5% ABV without using the alcohol boost. I couldn't wait, so I tried one after just 7 days conditioning. Of course it was not done yet and so it didn't have much head but it was carbonated and tasted great. My wife and I bought a Store Chimay Grand Reserve and did a taste test. I would say that even after just 7 days I would give it a score of 9.5 out of 10 for tasting like the "real thing." I'll be doing this one again. Thanks AHB!
So after my 11/21 comment: This has turned out to be all that the aroma promised... despite the fact that I kegged it at 15 days; about a week too early. Even though I kegged it too early and have the ever so slight yeast bite because of it... it is one of the best clones I have ever brewed... this comes VERY close to Chimay. Either you like Chimay or you don't. If you like Chimay you will really like this recipe. It is VERY high in %. My wife and her friends absolutley love the taste. If you like Chimay try this recipe... just be VERY patient about letting it finish in the Secondary... probably wouldn't hurt to Rack into a 3rd just to clear up a little more. Will definatley do this one again and again... ENJOY!