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Once upon a time a poor homebrewer was lamenting the lack of time that the modern world allowed him for his hobby. He had the ingredients for a batch of Tripel and a batch of IPA, but the demands of home and work life were such that he had no opportunity to brew them, and so he cried himself to sleep. While he slept, a collective of Ardennes Forest Beer Gnomes (Houblonmonstres, in Flemish) came into his house and took pity on the poor homebrewer. They decided they'd brew his beer for him. Unfortunately, the Gnomes were already three sheets when they broke into his home, and so they combined the ingredients for the two batches. This recipe is the result of their drunken meddling: an elegant and pale strong abbey ale carpet-bombed with American and continental hops. You're going to have to do the brewing yourself, though.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style Belgian Original Gravity 1082 Total Time to Make 2 months
4.9 / 5.055 ReviewsAwesome beer - now part of the rotationAfter dabbling in a few Belgian Tripels at a local brew festival, I thought I'd give this a try and see if I could come close to some of my favorites from the tasting. After a week in the keg, I gave it a sample and really didn't care too much for the taste (what I'm a going to do with a full keg of beer I don't like?). But after another week, the flavors conditioned together nicely and that great Belgium yeast flavor started to pull the Hops and alcohol content together. Three weeks Keg conditioning and "WOW!" this was one of the best tasting beers to date. Family members who generally don't drink beer were coming back for more and more and the 5 gallon batch quickly ran dry. I have since made the leap to all grain brewing and have another batch of this in the primary. As others have stated, the initial fermentation is very active, and even in a 6 gallon carboy I find myself having to use a blow off tube. I also added some Irish moss during the boil hoping that this batch gets a tad clearer. This time I plan to Primary for three weeks, and secondary for at least a month. I also may try dry hopping this one in the keg, although I haven't settled on which type of hops to use.If you like hoppy beer with a kick, give this one a try.August 6, 2013Well worth the effortBalanced is the adjective that comes to mind when I drink one of these. Malt/hop character hides the high abv. Try substituting 10 ounces of a nice varietal honey for each pound of sugar at the end of boil for a slightly more floral nose. I'll make it again.April 5, 2011Follow up to previous reviewThis beer is absurdly good. Like I said earlier, I made it twice last year and first one was rushed. Just kicked the 2nd keg and can't wait to make again and sad I don't have one waiting. My good friend also brews and brewed this once and it wasn't his favorite (but he rushes everything).. He was over the other day for the end of the keg and was shocked. We were heading to a brewery for a couple beers but I had a hard time getting him to leave the house. Even people who don't like Belgians seem to like this one. It is strong though, wondering about a batch with only 1 lb of sugar at the end to bring the ABV down a touch.January 8, 2016Wow!I just bottled this beer and all I can say is wow! I hope it carbonates well because this will become my favorite beer. I used a yeast starter, dry hopped with Amarillo and a couple of other tweaks and so far so good! I brewed this beer to celebrate my daughters birth at the end of September and can't wait to share. If it is as good as it is now, this will become a regular. Thanks northern brewer!September 2, 2015Great Beer... but have some patience.I made this beer twice this year. The first time I tapped it at 8 weeks and it was pretty good, but a little harsh. At about 16 weeks it got really good, but then the kegged kicked. I made it again and didn't tap until week 18 and wow, what a difference. Its very tasty and smooth, all harshness gone. Will certainly be a regular on the kegerator.December 4, 2015Magical brew1This is houblonmonstre magic... enjoy it, but be very careful!June 27, 2017Purchased
3 months agoHuge personality+1 on the blow off tube. Yeast vs. Sugar were fighting WWIII in there. I racked to secondary last night and poured a glass and it was amazing already...young, warm, funky, and delicious! Can't wait til this one is ready.January 27, 2011Hate to wait!Big, beautiful brew. I wish I'd had the patience to wait for more aging, but...oh well you know how that goes. I'll do this again but I'm going to throw in an ounce of Perle at 10 minutes.January 29, 2011three months in secondaryBottled last night and it was golden, creamy and malty. The alcohol flavor had smoothed out in the three months that this sat in a glass secondary in my limestone basement. I can't wait to taste it!August 23, 2011excellent, but be patientBrewed this back close to 3 months ago, a week or two in primary, well over a month in secondary, and 3 weeks in bottles to date. Took a while for the carbonation to really get going, but it's a big beer, so that's normal. Have only cracked the 12oz bottles, have a few bombers and 16oz bottles but I'm going to give them more time to bottle condition. The hops could actually be a little stronger I think. For me, they're more of a subtle compliment to a good Belgian than being "carpet bombed." But it is very drinkable, especially for the alcohol content. This was one of my last extract batches, and I am looking forward to doing this in all-grain and tweaking it a bit with some more hops. To sum it up, great Belgian flavor with a little more hops than you would normally get in a Belgian.April 13, 2013
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 7 answersI am 3 weeks post Brew day. My Houblonmostre has gone from a gold color to reddish-brown. I understand the color will be darker since I used the extract kit, but is this normal?BEST ANSWER: It is certainly darker in color than the picture from my experience. I wouldn't worry.. Personally, this is my favorite beer from NB, however, I tweak it a bit to make it lower in ABV and more drinkable for summer months. I put in only about 3/4 of the extract and only one pound of sugar (instead of two).. Either way, its a great beer.What BJCP category is this? It came out great and want to enter it into a competition. Thanks!BEST ANSWER: I would think this falls into a Belgian IPA category if that exists. I believe it was a clone of Houblon Chouffe. All that being said, I would put your own spin on it before entering it in any competiton because it would be NB's recipe. Good luckWhat is the consensus on the best yeast to use for the beer?BEST ANSWER: I used the liquid yeast recommended by NBA. Most of the time I use dry yeast but Belgians really need an authentic strain. I don't recall the exact strain.