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Belgian Ale - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
KIT255
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Description

(Makes 5 gallons) Belgian ales are really about creating a simple yet elegant malt base upon which the unique Belgian yeast strains can create their wonderful, complex flavors. This Belgian Ale is their equivalent of our pale ale in alcoholic strength and body. The difference is that the hops are very subdued and only complimentary where as in many American beers hops can create a majority of the flavor profile. One is not better than the other just different, and we love diversity in beer.

Terms used to describe Belgian Ales include phenolic, fruity, with the occasional clove, plum, and banana flavors coming through. Sometimes you just have to try one to understand. In the Dubble and Triple you will have some higher alcohol flavors coming through. This version is less alcoholic and highly drinkable.

Any of the four Belgian yeast strains that we carry from Whitelabs could be used in any of the Belgian recipes. They are all excellent in their own right. The malt extract for this kit is made entirely from our German Pilsner Malt, giving it authentic European flavor. We use turbinado sugar to help up the alcohol and dry out the beer during fermentation.

The extract version of this kit does NOT include grains. Most of the flavor from this beer is derived from the yeast and fermentation.

Estimated Original Gravity: 1.049-53
SRM (Color Range):4 
IBU's: 31-34
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

WLP500 - White Labs Monastery
WLP530 - White Labs Abbey Ale
WY1214 - Wyeast Belgian Abbey
WY3787 - Wyeast Trappist High Gravity
IYB48 - Imperial Triple Double
IYB63 - Imperial Monastic
 

Item # KIT255
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 12LBS
ABV %5
IBU21
SRM4
Beer StyleBelgian
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
Pre-MilledY
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I love Belgian and German beer.
Michael B on Mar 27, 2018
Loved it the first time.
klaypigeon on Mar 20, 2018
I love Belgian and German beer.
Michael B on Mar 27, 2018
I like to have multiple varieties so my friends have choices
Thomas K on Mar 20, 2018
Loved it the first time.
klaypigeon on Mar 20, 2018
I like to have multiple varieties so my friends have choices
Thomas K on Mar 20, 2018
Reviews

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First batch of Belgian Ale
I rated this kit with 4 stars simply because it is not yet bottled. It might rate 5 stars if the small taste I had from the hydrometer vial is any indication of the final taste. It appears to have yielded an alcohol content of 5.5%. the safale s-33 yeast worked very hard for about 2 days then slowed dramatically. Total fermentation stopped in 4.5 days. Yeast was very forgiving to temperature variations. I could not get the wort temp down to lower than 68 to 72 but it seems it didn't hurt it. Will be bottling this week and I'll bottle age it for 2 weeks before a taste test. I'll know then if it rates 5 stars.
May 21, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Good Stuff!!!!
I've made and bottled this a few times. Have enjoyed it each time and others have asked for it when visiting. Decided to try to keg it (just learned how to keg). It came out great. Will do this again. Great Beer!!!!!
January 23, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
This one was popular
Had planned to enjoy this one on my own, but when there was a problem with another keg, I took this one to a party instead. Guys, this one was a hit on a hot summer afternoon. Easy drinking, lower alcohol - just the thing for a backyard party. Even the guy that brought his own case of Bud Light was won over. We didn't kick the whole keg, but not for lack of trying. Pro tip: serve this with small cups, or it will go too quickly...
September 1, 2015
True to type.
When I brewed this kit I did not realize the the LME, German Pils, included a portion of Carapils malt. Thus, I added 1 pound of Carafoam malt and steeped it for 30 minutes. I was afraid this would result in too much body and foam, but it turned out OK. Wyeast 1214 was used, as called for, and a starter was made. The yeast produced an ale that was a little overly "fruity," and the brew was a little too sweet for us, and we are Belgium ale fans. I may brew this again, but will use less German Pils, add a pound or two of 2-row base malt and steep for 45 minutes or an hour, do a full 5-gallon boil, and use a yeast producing fewer fruity compounds, Right now I don't know which yeast would give that.
May 28, 2014
Great Beer Kit!
One of the first brews I made. I jumped the gun and bottles it too early (didn't take gravity readings...big mistake). Anyhow, left it in the bottles for a while and still turned out great!
May 22, 2014
Very nice - just what I was looking for
I was looking to brew a nice basic Belgian Ale, not a dubbel or a tripel or a saison, just a basic ale in the Belgian style. This fit the bill exactly. I combined this kit with Wyeast Belgian Trappist yeast and it came out very nice indeed. Fruity aromatics, nice malty flavor, a bit of hops, nice and smooth. I'll likely use this in future as the basis for some variants with grains, possibly even a raspberry ale.
January 14, 2014
I will brew again - very drinkable yet complex
I prefer beers that are less hoppy then some so I chose this Belgium, I was impressed by the amount of flavor/complexity in the beer without too much bitterness. Very drinkable on a summer day,there was a small hint of fruit that comes through perfectly. The final color was more amber then what was pictured above for a great look in the glass. This is not your beer if you like a hoppy IPA...I will brew this beer again.
May 13, 2013