Belgian Dubbel Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU# U1200

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Trappist-style ale with a russet color, dense off-white head, and a host of flavors and aromas - spices, flowers, dried fruit, plums, raisins, rum, and toffee - arising from the interaction of grains, sugar, and yeast. A medium-full bodied, complex beer that pairs with everything from cheese to stew to dessert.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Dating back to monastic breweries in the middle ages, Dubbels are still produced at abbeys and monasteries in Belgium. This kit yields an authentic Trappist-style ale with a russet color, dense off-white head, and a host of flavors and aromas - spices, flowers, dried fruit, plums, raisins, rum, and toffee - arising from the interaction of grains, sugar, and yeast. A medium-full bodied, complex beer that pairs with everything from cheese to stew to dessert.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Belgian Dubbel Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBelgian
Original Gravity1062
Total Time to Make2 months
Reviews
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Excellent
The Dubbel is just as promised: an excellent copy of a Belgian dubbel. I measured the abv at 7.2%, but it seems even higher when I drink it.
May 2, 2012
Holiday Sleighwrecker
This beer is a wonderful representation of a Belgian Trappist ale. I've brewed it several times, most recently for the Holiday 2012 season, only this time adding Mulling Spices with 15 minutes left in the boil. Wow! What unique combination of spices and Belgian Goodness!
November 10, 2012
Excellent
This Belgian is full of complex taste with a clean crisp dry finish. Definitely a favorite of mine as well as my friends. Its hard to share this one!
April 27, 2012
Really easy recipe!
This brew is easy to make and works well with a yeast starter. I normally get a crazy reaction from my yeast. With this batch, the yeast seemed to work slowly but continuously for over a week. I was worried, so I took a sample and tested the gravity. It was right on and smelled wonderful. I can't wait to try it!!
January 14, 2014
Staple
This is a staple in our household. Go and purchase yourself a trappist ale. If you like it, order this kit. I should note that this is not a session beer :)
July 19, 2010
Excellent
This is a truly excellent recipe. I brewed it in December of 07, put it away in the beer shed, and promptly forgot about it. Just came across it within the last week or two and decided to try it with the Fall weather. MAN OH MAN! This is an absolutely fantastic Belgian Dubbel, very similar to the Ommegang Dubbel, except possibly cleaner and less fruity (perhaps since it aged longer than usual). I don't really remember the OG and FG, but I calculated the ABV at 7.1%. This is probably at the low end of beers to cellar, but it seems to have worked well. This was good enough that I'll order it again so I'll have something to drink in 2011. If you like Belgians, then you should get this one. Cheers!
October 18, 2009
Unbelieveable beer!
This is the first Trappist style beer that I have brewed. I am absolutely blown away. I'll be keeping this one all to myself. This will definately be a regular on the brew schedule. Can't wait to brew the All-grain version. Thanks NB!
January 29, 2011
Complex, yet smooth
This was my third home brew. The other reviews are correct: the complex blend of flavors mellows and reveals delicious subtleties with age. It's hard to wait, but it's worth it.
April 11, 2011
Clovey and creamy like a fine cigar
Yum, this beer is like none you can buy in stores. It has the bite, the spice, and the smoothe after-taste one craves in a specialty beer. This is a belgian beer that I will always have on hand.
February 2, 2011
Smells awesome
The wort fermented great and it has put off some great aromas. I haven't bottled but I'm excited to drink this one.
January 10, 2016
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Description recommends a yeast starter, however the product comes with a yeast activation pack and the faq says you don't need to do a starter with this product, can you please clarify? Thank you
S T on Jan 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Robert,

The smack pack contains a nutrient packet that helps get the yeast in good health, so in that sense a starter is not required. However, the instructions recommend a starter for this particular recipe since the OG is a bit high, and you'd like to have a larger yeast population. So, I'd recommend a starter, in hopes of building up a larger population for the extra sugar. When it comes to starters, health is definitely always more important than numbers, but it can be good to get your numbers up too with higher OG beers.

Here are two good resources on starters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEQBPeHfXD0

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/1235/MAzym07_YeastStarter.pdf

Hope that helps!

Cheers,

Charles
I have my Abbey dubbel sitting in secondary for a month and about halfway through, I started noticing small white spots on the top of my beer. Is this yeast that was still active in secondary? Do I need to wait for it to fall? Or strain it before bottling?
A M on Jul 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are probably just yeast rafts and probably will not fall. The siphon should avoid and leave them behind so it should be fine as it ages and just keep an eye on them to see if they start to grow. Otheriwse, they are just yeast and protein hanging out.

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