Belgian yeast in non-Belgain beers
I had a Le Freak from Green Flash recently. It's described as an IIPA brewed like a Tripel. It was very nice and it got me thinking: What other beers would be new/interesting brewed with Belgian yeast.
American Pale Ale (probably my favorite style)?
I always keep a light colored, less hoppy beer on tap for the BMC crowd, so how about Centennial Blonde or a Cream Ale with a Belgian yeast?
When you start messing around there is always the chance of ending up with muddled flavors that don't compliment each other very well. For example, I don't think a Belgian yeast would compliment an ESB.
Has anybody tried this? What do you think?
10 lbs pilsener
1.5 lbs c-20
2 oz liberty @60
2 oz saaz @30
1 oz saaz @5
That's basically Randy Mosher's recipe. I have 2 going right now. Have not tasted it yet, but I think I'm gonna hit it with an oz of cascade hop tea before kegging.
Have you tried Stone's "Cali-Belgique" IPA?
BTW I had the Le Freak in Los Angeles.
I just, hopefully, brewed a Belgian esb. I had:
6lbs northern dark lme
1 lb amber dme
1oz brewers gold hop
Another oz of very low acid hop
1/4 cup maltodextrin
And used .6 crystal 200, .1 choc malt, .4 biscuit grain
And a small splash of almond extract for fun.
Now i used white labs English ale yeast, in hopes of making an esb and had expired abby ale yeast i used as well. My english was chunky so i decided to be bold and try a esb farmhouse.
Anyone think I may be turning out a bad batch?
Back to the OP Belgian stout is a stlye that has emerged over the last two years or so. Also try Satan's Red. Its a Belgian red ale and quite good.
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