From my brew log
, Maudite clone v2 and v3 are very close to the real thing. The recipe is still too complex IMVHO; most advanced brewers to who I have discussed this with said that I definitely should think simple to clone Unibroue beers. I received very good comments when I present v2 to my HBC. One, a BJCP judge I think, said he would have score high this beer.
The yeast define the profile. You need WY 3864-PC. WY "support" said that the next closest yeast to 3864 is Belgian Witbier (WY 3944?). I tend to doubt but I haven't tried yet. I have divided my last two versions in two (40 L batches into ~20L carboys) to try other Belgian yeasts for comparison. I have founded WY 3522 to be far from 3864 profile but very interesting for "dark" Belgians. Fermentis S-23 was very boring. Maybe this one could be "good" for pale Belgians; Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Blond, maybe Tripel and Golden Strong too... 3864 is very spicy and can be a bit too phenolic at first (weeks). I have founded that 8 to 12 weeks aging does the trick. Pitch rate is also "critical" like with other Belgian yeast where you want to narrow down a specific signature.
Also, I have sampled the original thing for FG and it is ~1.016-18. I seriously question the specifications on the web site
; SRM=18 & IBU=22 doesn't sound right to me.
Yes, they use the same yeast, I was told so, but they use fresh yeast for bottling... obviously.
Thanks to this thread, I got started on this project to clone La Maudite!