I’m also brewing this for a co-worker of mine. He’s big on big beers, so of course he requested this hefty Belgian ale. The one in particular is also inspired from a local brew-pub. It has a relatively clean yeast profile with subdued “Belgian esters”. I’m starting off with a 1 gallon test batch and going from there.
It also has a fruity nose reminiscent of apples and pears, which is what lead me to my somewhat off-style aroma hop choice in this Belgian tripel recipe.
For this brew day I also made a little video recording the process, which you can watch below.
Belgian Tripel Recipe
97% – Belgian Pilsner Malt
3% – Special B (for a touch of color)
0.2 oz / gal – Wilamette @ 60 minutes
0.2 oz / gal – Wilamette @ 20 minutes
0.2 oz / gal – Calypso @ 0 minutes
Wyeast 1762 Belgian Abbey II
SG / FG / ABV
1.078 / 1.011 / 8.8%
I love the smell of fermenting beer. It’s still at high krausen, and I’ll be taking the first gravity reading at 2 weeks.
Gravity check came in at 1.012, or a healthy 8.6% ABV. Smells like CO2 and bready malt. I’m also pretty stuffed up with allergies, so I’ll have a better judgment when it’s all done. I’ll bottle it at 2.5 weeks, and condition it from there.
This is bottled and conditioning now. The final gravity came in at 1.011, so it’s at 8.8% ABV. The flavor of the un-carbed wort was a subdued “Belgian” character, and a fruity kick from the late hop addition. It’s pretty close to how I imagined it, so I’m happy so far. I’ll update in a week with tasting notes and a picture.
Tasting notes: This had a bit of cidery character to it. In the original recipe, I included ~5% sugar to help dry the beer out, but I don’t think it’s called for, and I’ve removed it from the Belgian Tripel recipe. I think that is part of the issue. It’s got a nice alcoholic note, as it should for almost 9% ABV.
It’s Belgian yeast character is very subdued, almost a bit too much, so I’ll be changing up the yeast selection in round 2. Perhaps Trappist high gravity.
The calypso hops did a marvelous job at providing a fruity, earthy pear aroma. So I feel that was the right choice for sure.
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