Our Belgian Specialty Ale recipe is a very drinkable beer made with a Belgian yeast strain, with hints of spice thanks to the coriander seed in the mix, and comes in at a 6.5% ABV. This recipe is our salute to the long-time tradition of brewing diversity in Belgium. Prost!
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Belgian Specialty Ale - Extract Recipe Instructions
The origins of Belgian Specialty Ales can be traced back to the imaginative local brewing community of Belgium. These are Belgian-style beers that don't really fit into a defined existing category of beer styles, and oftentimes make use of a variety of spices and/or wild yeast and bacteria for fermentation.
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150 degrees
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.058 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.009 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
- Bitterness: 25.0 IBUs
- Est. Color: 6.1 SRM
- Ferment at 66-72 Degrees
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Pilsen Light Liquid Malt Extract
- Aromatic Kiln
- Caramel 20L
- Whole Coriander Seed
- Cardamom Pod
- Czech Saaz Hop Pellets
This is the third or fourth kit I've brewed from HBS. My past experiences have turned out pretty well and I've definitely improved with each batch. This kit is nicely prepared, but the instructions are definitely lacking. In this kit there are two spice additions to the boil. However, no specific volume is given for the amount of one spice (cardamom pods, I believe) in the kit: it just says "one unit". They provide one ounce of this spice, which is perhaps what a "unit" refers to, but it seems like this is far too much for this beer. They also provide an ounce other spice (coriander), but the instructions say to add only a teaspoon! As you can see this can lead to some confusion regarding the quantity of spices added, which could lead to a poor batch of beer if too much spice is added... Winter Warmer anyone?
This is another great kit from Home Brew! Easy to brew and can't wait to taste the first bottle.
Note: Recipe said Cardamom Pod was extra and not included in the order. However I was able to find them easy enough. I also added to the recipe dry hopping for a week in my secondary.
Overall this is a good drinkable beer with a rich amber color. There are definitively spicy notes that hits the nose and tongue as you drink it, but not so strong that you would not want to drink several in a row. One could easily pull back quiet a few of these with easy. To gauge it's progress I started drinking after the first week and now going into the second week. The flavors are already starting to mellow and round out quite nicely now, so I look forward to drinking this as it ages. Personally I can see myself brewing this again and recommend it to others who are interested in Belgian ales.