Trappist Christmas (2011 NHC Madison Regional: 1st Place)
Have been brewing this beer as my Christmas Ale every summer since 1995--something always changes year to year: one year it's the hops, next time I adjust the spices, or swap out the yeast... Haven't bothered to convert it to AG, it's just easier to brew as an extract.
1 tsp allspiceAfter 3 days in the Primary:
8oz Belgian Candy Sugar, Dark (boil 2 cups of hot water, melt in candy while warm, cool, pitch)
In the Secondary:
1 tsp clovesDry hop with 1/4 - 1/2oz Saaz for 7 days
Bottle with 3.5oz dextrose and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Condition for 4-6 months.
This beer can mature well for 5+ years, if cellared properly.
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