Originally Posted by GIusedtoBe
Okay I'm sure this has been talked to death but what available yeast is closest to the one New Belgium uses. To me it tastes way more neutral than any Belgian strain I've ever tasted. To me NB taste like it is fermented with a slightly fruity british ale yeast fermented on the cold side to reduce yeast flavor.
Yea, it's definitely not a Belgian strain, which is one of the reasons I am not too fond of their beers. My guess is it's probably a mutation of 1056.
Incidentally, years ago when we couldn't get Fat Tire here in Illinois, I found a clone recipe and brewed it up. I used abbey ale yeast. Turned out great! A very nice Belgian pale ale. When I did finally taste the real Fat Tire I was very disappointed and remember thinking "my version is way better".