Wyeast 3739 Flanders Golden Ale

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wineguy96

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This is one of the current limited release offerings. I just used it on a strong golden ale recipe, OG was 1.076, after 18 days I am down to a SG of 1.006 and the sample tastes great. A little fruity but with great richness and depth. Anyone else tried this out? and any idea where the yeast originated from?

I am pretty excited by the outcome so far and plan to pick up some more before it cycles out, either that or I have to learn how to harvest it!

Steve.
 

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It is purported to be the Gulden Drak strain. One of my favorite strains! Really chews through wort, my last BDSA got down to around 1.006 also to come in at 10% alcohol. The previous BDSA I did with it came in at 13%! Really a wonderful strain, though I have never tried it in a pale beer. As with most belgians age the beers for a while and they get even better.
 
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Never tried Gulden Drak but will be on the lookout for it now, I can see why this is one of your favorite strains. Next time I will try it in a BDSA. Thanks, Steve.
 

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Hrmm... I have a couple of bottles of Gulden Drak at the house that I haven't drank in a while... Curious if I could step them up from the dregs.
 

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Unfortunately IIRC this is one specific beer where the brewery has said they use a "bottling" strain on purpose. From what I have read they are very secretive about the yeast they use, and that they use several different strains as apparently Piraat uses a different strain then Gulden Drak.
 

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I just used this yeast in a belgian stout and I planned for 76% attenuation.... not even close! It dropped from 1.076 to 1.018 in a day, now a week later its still chugging down past 1.012. The neat thing I have found is that the lower it goes it gets a little sweeter and fuller, go figure.
 

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I have noticed that as well. With some aging even though my BSDAs finish pretty dry with this strain they start to round out very nicely. The one I made that got to 13% ended at 1.004 and is quite malty and rich now after 2 years in the bottle. Wonderful strain.
 
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Finally tracked down some bottles of Gulden Draak, got the regular ale and the 9000 quad. Sipping on the ale right now, claims to be a trippel but colorwise ls a medium brown, a touch sweet but very full bodied and fruity. My golden ale was good but not this good, back to the drawing board.
 

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did anyone experience any banana esters coming out of fermentation on this? I just did a quad and its smelling like a dang banana bomb. I hope it doesn't turn out like that! :(

Currently I have it fermenting in the low 60's
 

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I did notice that this one was an isoamyl acetate bomb. Trust me it won't last, just let it condition properly and you'll be fine.
 
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