After a few weeks in the RG Bottle Jaccuzzi, I decided to give my Honey Leffe test batch a taste. Here's what I brewed for a 5.5 g batch:
SG 1.072 (overshot target of 1.067)
Mash Temp 158
75 min boil
Grain Bill (anticipated efficiency was 65%):
9.75 lb Pilsner Bel
1.5 lb Honey Malt
1 lb Munich
4.8 oz Biscuit
4.0 oz Melanoiden
12 oz Turbinado
1 lb Honey - from mixed flowers. Added at flame out.
2.0 oz Styrian Goldings 3.8% Alpha... FWH. (boggle, unintentional inexplicable deviation)
.71 oz Sterling 7% Alpha 30min (Substitution for Saaz)
WLP530, 1.5L starter from stir plate. Fermented at 68-72
A - Color is a deep honey tone, certainly much darker than Leffe. Dropping the Turbinado which wasn't supposed to be there in the first place might help some, but not sure how else to lighten without impacting the flavor.
S - The honey really held on to its smell. The wife sampled and picked up the honey without knowing what she was drinking.
T - A pleasant honey malt sweetness without being overbearing. The FWH misadventure seems to have had no impact. The alcohol heat had relaxed a lot since being bottled but this one could probably use another month+ to mellow out. I'm not sure if my ferm temps were too low but the yeast esters are pretty subtle.
M - Similar to RLC.
To be continued!