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Old 01-19-2007, 01:49 AM   #1
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Does anyone know what the taste is or what contributes to the taste of certain Belgian Style beers like "Merry Monk Ale" from Weyerbacher or Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic

Its a sour tangy flavor that I don't mind in small doses - the Merry Monks is ok if temp and carb level is right (I mix them up a little)


I recently had a Corsendonk Christman Ale that has very little or none of this flavor?
I want to brew some Belgian style ales soon and would like to minimize that flavor either with yeast selection, the ommision of sour components etc.

Conversely I would like spicy and complex - does a higher temp contribute to a more complex profile or just more fruity?

Has anyone done non-airlocked fermentations? ie cheese cloth on a bucket?

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Old 01-19-2007, 02:18 AM   #2
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The yeast and bacteria used affect the flavor profile. Fermentation temps also affect the flavor profile. I would suggest reading Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow and the article on Belgian beers in the Jan/Feb issue of BYO.

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Old 01-19-2007, 02:25 AM   #3
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The yeast and bacteria used affect the flavor profile. Fermentation temps also affect the flavor profile. I would suggest reading Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow and the article on Belgian beers in the Jan/Feb issue of BYO.

Yeah, the Belgians often use old wooden casks to ferment their beers, resulting in various off-tastes getting into the beer.
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