WLP500 Monastery - White Labs Yeast

WLP500 Monastery - White Labs Yeast

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From one of the six Trappist breweries remaining in the world, this yeast produces the distinctive fruitiness and plum characteristics. An excellent yeast for high gravity beers, Belgian ales, dubbels and trippels. If you're trying to clone Chimay this is the yeast you want to go with.

Pitch at 66-68F and let it rise up 1-2 degrees per day and hold it at 72-75F for 7-14 days. This yeast can dry out a beer no problem. With a starting gravity beer of 1.080 SG we recommend using 8g Fermaid K (AD345) in conjunction with this yeast during the first 24-48 hours after pitch.

Attenuation: 73-78%
Flocculation: Medium to low.
Fermentation Temperature: 65-74F
Wyeast Equivalent: 3787 Trappist

For best results we always recommend ordering an ice pack with your liquid yeast.

Please Note: When choosing an ice pack option beware that the liquid yeast will not arrive cold even when shipped together. Ice packs and insulated mailing options are designed to keep the yeast colder for longer during shipment, but they will not ensure that your yeast arrives cold. We will not replace liquid yeast that arrives warm. During warmer months we strongly recommend you choose dry yeast.


Item # WLP500
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.14 LBS
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Why did you choose this?
MoreFlavor Store
Not available from any of my local home brew shops
Jeff R on Jan 19, 2023
Brewing beer
Robert H on Nov 24, 2022
Not available from any of my local home brew shops
Jeff R on Jan 19, 2023
Never used and curious
Derek L on Jan 7, 2023
Brewing beer
Robert H on Nov 24, 2022
Ester, warm temp, higher Abv. For distilling
David R on Aug 25, 2022
Because I love monk beer
Alex A on Jul 23, 2022
I really enjoyed their other belgian abbey strain, figured id give this a try.
Enzo L on Jan 25, 2022
Planning on brewing a Maibock, Brew in Winter, drink in summer
Dean B on Dec 29, 2021
Used it before
Robert G on Nov 5, 2021
Hmm. Toss up. I always use White Lab though. Never fails.
James E on Sep 23, 2021
recommended by recipe
DAN J E on Jul 16, 2021
White lab good
jeanne w on Jun 30, 2021
To make a strong ale
MIKE W on May 19, 2021
to ferment a Tripel
Dakota A Chamberlain on Apr 24, 2021
I like it.
Alberto P. on Feb 16, 2021
Hoping for authentic Belgian tang.
SHELDON B on Feb 13, 2021
need it
Donald L on Jan 11, 2021
esters some more
ryan d on Nov 20, 2020
I need it for my recipe.
Brian P on Oct 8, 2020
I’ve had great success with White Labs yeasts
Karl F on Sep 1, 2020
belgian tripel
zachary C on Jul 7, 2020
Recipe ingredients
Kristen R on May 28, 2020
Never tried
Nathan C on May 12, 2020
Best price
Omar R on May 3, 2020
Don't want too much plumb
Kale A on Apr 10, 2020
First listed. No experience with any of these.
James C on Mar 26, 2020
Makes a great Belgian tripel
Ryan H on Mar 26, 2020
ya had me at plum
Stephen M on Mar 11, 2020
Loran K on Feb 13, 2020
My go to for Belgian styles, this time for a Pumpkin Dubbel
Justin Vincent on Feb 6, 2020
belgian style beer
Dragos N on Jan 11, 2020
Jim S on Sep 27, 2019
John Teasley on Sep 21, 2019
Making a Belgian-style tripel ale
Andrew B on May 29, 2019
the same
Otto B on May 20, 2019
Like White Labs Yeast . It’s all I use
Walter L.Doughty on May 20, 2019
Rebrew award winning beer.
Craig C on May 4, 2019
you told me this was the yeast to use
Brad F on Feb 22, 2019
Recommended on recipe sheet for Belgian Tripel
Derek P on Feb 13, 2019
Moses M on Jan 18, 2019
I've been to their tasting room and it was cool
Biff C on Jan 16, 2019
Good fruity esters.
CBR rider on Aug 9, 2018
Group project
James Rea on May 2, 2018
DENNIS G on Apr 21, 2018
Proper yeast for proper beer.
Michael B on Mar 27, 2018
To brew an awesome beer that we made and loved last year.
Cronk on Feb 28, 2018
Fantastic if you want a complex, dark, fruity style to your beer.
Asher Lucas on Feb 28, 2018
Leonard C on Jan 24, 2018
The write up in the catalog and the reviews recommended.
Jerem S on Jan 22, 2018
Never used and curious
Derek L on Jan 7, 2023
Ester, warm temp, higher Abv. For distilling
David R on Aug 25, 2022
Does this take longer than usual to get started? How long?
AJ T on Mar 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We used it for a 1 bbl batch at the brewery. It was ferm before we left for the day. It was a great yeast, but we prefer 550 which is the Chouffe yeast.

4.9 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Yeast
Love the easiness of prepping for yeast starters and has great flavor profile for beer.
September 27, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Yeast
This was for a Chimay Premiere clone that turned out pretty good. I was leery of having too many esters, so fermented at about 68 deg. I should have ramped it higher as those special Belgian flavors were somewhat muted. Still delicious!
December 21, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Classic Chimay strain for dark Belgian beers
Crazy good Chimay style yeast i used in a Dubbel. Would excel in any dark Belgian style. Classic plum taste, very Belgian, excellent yeast. Took almost 48 hours to get going, then was fine of course, but you might want to use a starter for peace of mind.
August 15, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
One of my favorites
I use this in my Belgium Tripels and Dark Strong Ales. If you love Belgian beer this is the stuff.
April 28, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Chimay in a pouch!
Fantastic Belgian yeast with all the characteristic flair. Made a Belgian Dubbel from a MoreBeer all-grain kit, pitched one pack straight into the fermenter. Took almost 48 hours to get going but then fermented nicely, not too vigorously for me, and turned out just perfect. The Chimay really comes through!
April 10, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent in the Belgian Pale Ale kit
Yes, this is the recommended yeast for the Belgian Pale Ale extract kit for good reason. This yeast is the Chimay yeast and with this recipe the beer had some fruity (melon?) light floral esters and caramel aromas. The phenolic "spiceyness" to me tastes more like a musty oak flavor which I like combined with the caramel and almost raisin-like malt flavor. A velvety yet clean finish. This yeast and recipe opens up all the complexities of the malt, hops and yeast in equal parts. Fantastic. I did find that waiting almost 3 weeks to ferment was best for all the flavors to come together. It's more fruity
which hides the other subtle flavors when drank earlier than that time.

As a side note - I did an A/B test with the WLP500 Monastery and the WLP530 Abbey. Split a 10 gallon batch.

OG 1.053
Pitched in the mid 70's F (I know, its recommended to pitch at 68, but did my best as an amateur)
After 12 days the WLP530 was at 1.010, WLP500 was at 1.014. So I kegged and drank the 530 first
After 19 days WLP500 was at 1.010. kegged and drank. These two yeasts are pretty similar but I like this WLP500 better - maybe because it sat for one more week. So not the best A/B test I guess. However I did enjoy all 10 gallons, so it was a successful test in that regard.
April 4, 2019
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your extremely detailed feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. We're very happy that you are satisfied with the yeast. Cheers!
April 5, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
Insane fermentation
This yeast is one of my preferred Belgian strains because it keeps the phenols lower than most, avoiding any overpowering sharpness that may make the beer seem one-note. This makes it a great contender to use in uncommon styles, like hoppier belgian/IPA mashups, or stouts and the like. It ferments like an animal, so remember to keep a large amount of headspace.
May 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
Belgian Dubbel
Currently working on the perfect Dubbel with my son. This yeast starts slow, ferments slowly and smells wonderful. Be sure to use a starter and stir with O2 after pitching. I am comparing this yeast with 4 others on the same receipt for best flavor in what we personally like. More later...
May 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice and Easy, Tasty and Strong
This yeast grows well in the starter and was fully engaged after 24hrs in the carboy. It gives a clean-tasting malty belgian taste with solid attenuation. It tolerates high OG very well.
May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Great yeast!
I love this for my Trappist style ales. Ferments strong and hot, so pitch cold and let it do its thing. Highly recommend using a starter, otherwise you will get unwanted flavors and aromas from stressing the yeast.
May 29, 2013