Fermentis | SafAle™ BE-256 Belgian Ale | Dry Beer Yeast

Fermentis | SafAle™ BE-256 Belgian Ale | Dry Beer Yeast

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  • BE-256 is recommended for a range of Belgian type beers such as abbey style known for its fruitiness and high alcohol content
  • Formerly known as "Abbaye", this strain ferments very fast with a very high attenuation percentage
  • Fermentis active dry yeast offers reliability, ease-of-use, and consistency to home and professional beverage makers across the world

Abbey style beers are known for their high alcohol content and mild estery flavors, and brewing them is best done with a suitable yeast strain. Safale BE-256 (formerly called Abbaye) ferments fast with very high attenuation, contributing subtle, well-balanced aromas. In high-gravity brews, it can produce beers with up to 11% ABV. Or used for lower-alcohol styles, it gives a dry, crisp finish that makes for refreshing session beers or other light styles.

This yeast can be pitched directly, but if you prefer to rehydrate, the instructions are below.

Sprinkle the yeast in a minimum of 10 times its weight of sterile water or wort (we suggest 4 oz) at 70°F to 77°F (21 to 25 °C). Do not stir. Leave to rest 15 to 30 minutes. Gently stir for 30 minutes, and pitch the resultant cream into the fermentation vessel.

  • Attenuation: 82-86%
  • Sedimentation Time: Fast
  • Alcohol Tolerance: 9-11% ABV
  • Optimum Fermentation Temp: 64-78°F

*See the technical data sheet below for more information on rehydration, usage and storage.



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Love the Belgian ales!
Edward V on Nov 24, 2022
For my first Belgian blond
andrew on Jun 27, 2022
Love the Belgian ales!
Edward V on Nov 24, 2022
Brewing a Tripel
Richard Schmittdiel on Oct 11, 2022
For my first Belgian blond
andrew on Jun 27, 2022
Playing with yeast
Kevin F on May 10, 2022
Robert R on Mar 31, 2022
For fermentation
Robert R on Mar 15, 2022
for second batch
Kyle J on Feb 16, 2022
dry yeast is convenient
Ryan H on Dec 20, 2021
Preferred yeast for a Belgian Tripel.
Edward V on Nov 11, 2021
Convenient to by from morebeer
Valued C on Oct 30, 2021
Making a Lefse and my yeast expired during Covid.
Steven M on May 7, 2021
Wanted this as a backup
William C on May 5, 2021
using for a belgian strong golden ale
R G on Mar 25, 2021
New use
VE-0930509, Rina R on Mar 23, 2021
Daniel D on Mar 16, 2020
Belgian Brewing
James on Feb 29, 2020
Chimay White Homage (split batch)
Peter W on Dec 30, 2019
Making a Belgian Quad
Byron C on Sep 19, 2019
Looking for a different Belgium style yeast
Charlie on Jul 24, 2019
Looking for a dry yeast for summer shipping
Michael M on Jul 20, 2019
I plan to mix t-58 with be-256
Gregory Turley on Jun 8, 2019
Get yo woman
Wesley H on Sep 11, 2018
Trappist Single
Jonathan Lizenby on Aug 11, 2018
higher gravity , flavors
Donn Martin on Jun 26, 2018
I heard good things about it.
Cormac L on Jun 26, 2018
Wanted to try a Trappist-Style dry yeast.
Dan on Apr 17, 2018
Brewing a Tripel
Richard Schmittdiel on Oct 11, 2022
Playing with yeast
Kevin F on May 10, 2022
Does anyone know where this strain comes from? It doesn't show up in any of the cross-references I can find. It is an extremely aggressive fermenter, ripping through a 1.050 witte in about 24 hours. Reminds me a bit of 3711.
Peter Blauvelt on Sep 3, 2022
BEST ANSWER: I don't know, but if you want to spend some time searching the AHA forum, D.M. Taylor has done extensive research on yeast genetics and has a spreadsheet on the subject he's posted - if you can find it, it should answer your question.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Aggressive Yeast!
Brewed a Belgian Tripel with BE-256. 3787 is my usual choice - lower attenuation. More residual sugar for the spiced apple flavor. However, Colorado in August does not favor liquid yeast shipments from CA or PA. ... so BE-256.

Pitched 160ml of ~75% slurry from a 5-gallon starter batch. Cleared on day 24. Original gravity 1.089, Final 1.004. Yeah, 11.5% ABV - rocket fuel. Hints of apple and spice, but mostly d-d-dry. (Did I mention "hints of rocket fuel?")

Five stars because BE-256 is advertised as "highly attenuating." Cannot fault the yeast for doing their job. Future summer batches will adjust the starting gravity downward.
October 12, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fermentis Dry Yeast - Safale BE-256 Abbaye
Used this in our Hard Cider, as recommended.
June 8, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great dry yeast for Belgian style ales.
Write your review here. It must be at least 20 characters long. Consider whether yGreat dry yeast for Belgian style ales.ou would recommend this product and what you like or dislike about it.
April 12, 2022
over 3 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Works well, but takes time
I am using this yeast for the third time in a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, and while I think that it has a great flavor after several months have passed, it takes that long before it doesn't taste green.
December 3, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great product, shipped on time and received asap
This is my first time buying Yeast from Morebeer.
It was delivered on time. I haven't used it yet, but I'll write my comments when I do so.
November 26, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
It definitely works fast, make sure you allow PLENTY of headspace. I did two batches of an Imperial Rye India Black ale, one with BE-256 and the other with US-05 and had similar attenuation with both yeasts, the 256 took half the time that the 05 required though. I can't overemphasize the need for headspace, 6 gallons of wort in a 7.9 gallon fermenter blew off more than 2 gallons before fermentation slowed down.
December 18, 2018
over 5 years ago