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Old 07-01-2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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So I am planning to brew up a stout tomorrow and was thinking about adding a Belgian twist. I searched around, but stout doesn't look to be a Belgian thing.

What is the closest Belgian style to a stout?

I am not looking to brew a heavy beer but want to keep it at or under 6% ABV.

My plan was to do a stout recipe with some special B, Styrian Hops and a belgian yeast.

Any thoughts?

I'll post my recipe later, but I worked all night and better go get some sleep.

Thanks for any input or expertise.

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I can't think of anything that would be like a Belgian Stout. There are some that have the color (Rochfort is the first to mind) but there isn't that roasty/ toastiness I associate with a Stout. I imagine it would be good. If you have a good stout recipe, you could start by just brewing that with a Belgian yeast strain, and make adjustments from there.
As always with Belgians try starting the temps out low (60ish˚F) for a couple days and then let them start climbing.

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These might give you some ideas/inspiration:

http://ratebeer.com/Beer/van-den-bos...n-stout/22788/
http://ratebeer.com/Beer/new-belgium...-stout)/62155/
http://ratebeer.com/Beer/alvinne-pod...l-stout/47219/
http://ratebeer.com/Beer/heartland-b...y-stout/58017/
http://ratebeer.com/Beer/jolly-pumpk...obscura/54349/
http://ratebeer.com/beer/de-dolle-ex...t-stout/31936/

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These three are the only ones made in belgium. and if you read the decriptions, they taste nothing like other stouts.

i'd leave it up to the belgians to make wonderful brews like dark strong ales. if you want to add a "belgian twist", up the alcohol like they would.

of course, that would be a russian imperial stout
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I have an Abbey Imperial Stout that will be going into bottles in a couple of weeks. When I racked it to secondary it showed some promise.

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You could try a schwarzbier with Belgain yeast.

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These three are the only ones made in belgium. and if you read the decriptions, they taste nothing like other stouts.

i'd leave it up to the belgians to make wonderful brews like dark strong ales. if you want to add a "belgian twist", up the alcohol like they would.

of course, that would be a russian imperial stout
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Well, I posted the recipe I plan to do. Rounding up the grain...
Rye, wheat and oats for character...
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Oops, didn't have any rye. Thought I had 10 pounds of it, but that was cara-pils I bought. Silly me...

I significantly changed my recipe and it now reflects what I actually brewed. It is in the final stages of the boil now...

Very dark and smells awesome...

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rye, chocolate, wheat, oats, cinnamon & orange peel? Woah..."kitchen sink stout" might be a worthy title! Sounds interesting.

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