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Old 01-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default My Belgian Golden Strong tastes awful at 16 weeks.

Hey guys, so I brewed up a Belgian Golden Strong Ale exactly 16 weeks ago. It is a slightly modified version of Northern Brewers BGS which states being ready in 4 months. I brewed the beer on 10/9/12, gave it 7 weeks in the primary (carboy) and then racked to bottles. My OG was 1.078 with a FG of 1.008, making it 9.2% abv. The bottles are pretty much carbed fully its just that it is either very green or just straight up bad. I am wondering if this is normal for the style at this point in the process and what should I expect to happen in the following few months. I was hoping this beer would be ready by now but it seems to be not even close Hoping anyone with insight will chime in, it would be greatly appreciated!

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Belgian Golden Strong Ale (6 gallons)

Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
14 lbs 7.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 82.8 %
4.8 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 2 1.7 %
4.8 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 1.7 %
1.25 oz Saaz [8.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 24.0 IBUs
1.25 oz Saaz [8.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 5 11.9 IBUs
2 lbs 6.4 oz Candi Sugar, Clear [Boil for 10 min](0.5 SRM) Sugar 6 13.8 %
1.0 pkg Belgian Strong Ale (Wyeast Labs #1388) [124.21 ml] Yeast 7 -

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.078
Est Final Gravity: 1.008
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 9.3 %
Bitterness: 35.9 IBUs
Est Color: 4.8 SRM



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Old 01-29-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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Define "awful tasting."



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Fermentation temp?
Did you make a starter?
Did you aerate the wort before pitching?

Recipe looks good.

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I wish I could go back and take better notes on what flavors I was experiencing, I was just bummed and poured it out after like 5 sips. I will say that it definitely tasted "green" with some weird flavors in the foreground that seem like they should fade and allow the beer to become a dry spicy beer. but at the moment the beer is far from dry and spicy. I sort of remember there being an odd grainy-type flavor that didnt seem to belong either but I have never brewed this style before, so what do I know?

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I let the fermentation climb to about 70-72 degrees and I ALWAYS aerate no matter what and make a starter when using liquid yeast. I am drinking a saison right now that I treated very similarly and it is great.

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I let the fermentation climb to about 70-72 degrees and I ALWAYS aerate no matter what and make a starter when using liquid yeast.
Well that sounds about perfect. Huh.
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What temperature should I be bottle-conditioning these bad boys at? I will take a temperature reading in a minute of what my closet is at, but I remember reading that belgian breweries have "warm-rooms" to facilitate better bottle-conditioning. Maybe it isnt warm enough in my room?

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This may sound wierd, but have you had any other brews of this style? Belgians can sometimes have flavors that are much different than other beers. Some people just do not like the flavor. Your recipe does not indicate anything that would make a wierd tasting brew. At this age it should be very drinkable.

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This may sound wierd, but have you had any other brews of this style? Belgians can sometimes have flavors that are much different than other beers. Some people just do not like the flavor. Your recipe does not indicate anything that would make a wierd tasting brew. At this age it should be very drinkable.
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I agree completely, if you have never had one they can certainly be funky and down rite nasty if you don't know what to expect.

Everything you did is in line with a proper recipe and process for sure!
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Thanks for the input guys. I havent really emerged myself into the style yet and probably need to try a few commercial examples, so maybe I dont know what to expect. Should I just go get myself a bottle of Duvel or something and compare?



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