Belgian Strong Golden Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1230

Strong, light in color, and dangerously drinkable. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Patterned after some of Belgium's most unique and famous ales, our kit yields a beer that looks innocent in the glass but packs a delicious wallop. The secret is a high percentage of candi sugar, an easily fermentable sugar that ratchets up the beer's strength while keeping the body light and easy to drink. Smooth mouthfeel, sweet, floral maltinesss, and rich spiciness from hops and yeast. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1081
Total Time to Make 4 months

Customer Reviews

Time is your friend Review by Jerry
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I brewed this for new years, started on 5/17/13. Bottled on 8/9/13. My O.G, ready for this, 1.14!! My F.G was 1.012!! Ya do the math, that's 12%. Very alcoholey after a month. Like taking a shot of everclear. By new years it mellowed but still lots of alcohol. Now it's February and it's absolutely deli-sh, but packs a wallop. Always give this brew 3 months at least in the bottle and you'll never be disappointed. (Posted on 3/5/14)
Has become a tradition Review by Jeff
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Really like this beer. We brew it on Thanksgiving Day. I give it a solid month in the primary, but let it sit a month longer than recommended in the secondary, and at least a month in the bottles before drinking. I like the dryness...and the punch. It's hard to let it sit for 6 months but worth the wait. (Posted on 11/18/13)
Best beer I ever made Review by Jim
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Being an extract kit, the color of this beer was quite a bit darker than is proper for this beer--more of an amber than a golden--but everything else was right on the money, particularly the strong note of leather in its flavor--something I've always found intriguing when I drink a strong golden ale such as Duvel. I've only brewed this once, and it takes patience--1 month in the primary, 4 in the secondary--but don't hurry to crack a bottle either; in my experience, it didn't hit its prime until it had been in the bottles for 6 weeks. I mean, it carbonated fine after a single week (I always have to try a few at various points during the conditioning process) but the flavor didn't start developing its full potential until 4 weeks had passed. At six, though, it was pretty much there. And it ages very well. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Worth Waiting For Review by Tom
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I brewed this in January, intending to drink it around July 4 holidays with family. The results are fantastic, as others have stated. A few brewing notes:

I brewed this one according to the directions, adding Wyeast Brewer's Choice Nutrient Blend to the end of the boil. I used the recommended liquid yeast increased to a 1000ml starter size. Primary 1 month, Secondary 3 months. I bottled at the beginning of June, adding a simple starter of Nottingham Ale yeast at that time.

Carbonation was good to go in three weeks. Careful, it's as strong as everyone says it is and it's deceptively easy to drink.

Yield: About 44 12 oz bottles. This kit turns more wort into yeast than I expected, so there was less drinkable ale as a result. I suppose one could add extra water, but I was very happy with the results as they were. (Posted on 7/25/13)
strong, smooth, really delicious Review by Tim
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This is a great b. ale that needs to sit for the minimum 4 months. I generally leave my beer alone a month more than the suggested time (this one I think 6 months). I made the strong ale a year ago, now it is long gone. However, I remember that it was so smooth even though the alcohol was quite high. I have another strong ale in the secondary right now. This is not a hoppy beer. I don't know if I prefer the tripple or the strong ale. They are both really good. (Posted on 7/19/13)
Excellent beer. Hard to wait. Review by Chet
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I finally got to try this beer after waiting the recommended four-months. The beer came out great! My beer was much darker than the picture shows. Very malty with caramel overtones, and boozy. I estimated mine to be about 9% ABV. You can sip on one of these slowly and it is a pleasure. I recommend this beer, but you need a big yeast starter, blow off tube, and proper refrigeration for a long period of time. Enjoy! (Posted on 7/17/13)
Excellent beer Review by Samo
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I brewed this one last fall. I used the recommended Wyeast 1388 as well as the long secondary fermentation. I will brew this again some day and stick with this. Mine was slow to carbonate, probably due to such a long secondary fermentation. If bottling, I'd recommend adding some yeast prior to bottling. I don't recall if this was part of the instructions, but I think it's a good idea to do so. I now use T-58 for this purpose.

Without re-yeasting, mine took about 2.5 months to carbonate. Prior to that, I starting to get a little worried since I've had 2 big beers not carbonate well over the years. Fortunately, I was very patient and only tested 2-3 bottles before it was fully ready.

I breathed a deep sigh of relief when I heard the right sound I opened the first bottle when it was fully carbonated. The NB kit tastes appropriate to style.

The extract kit will naturally be a few SRM darker than an all grain.

The aroma was delightfully Belgian. It tickles the nose with some hop aroma, plenty of zest, and maybe a little peppery spice. The complexity gets your attention and invites you in for further investigation.

The flavor is big and Belgian. The hops and malty flavors are nicely balanced. For such a strong beer, the flavor isn't too boozey. There is a lot of bite to this one. The high attenuation of 1388 gives the beer a remarkable dry finish. I like Belgian strong golden beers for the bite and dry finish, which this kit delivers.

PSA: This is a Belgian STRONG golden ale. Drink wisely. It goes down smooth and can sneak up on ya. (Posted on 5/4/13)
Brilliant Belgian Review by Zach
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This kit is brilliant. As mentioned in all the reviews, this takes TIME. Brewed in March of 2012 and let it sit in the fermenter for 4 months, and then bottle conditioned for 2 more. Results were spectacular. This is an outstanding kit! It's deceptive, as it is sweet, flavorful and top shelf ABV. I've received nothing but massive compliments on this beer. If you're patient, you cannot go wrong with this beer. (Posted on 3/13/13)
New Years Bliss Review by Jerry
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Brewed this kit in June, 2 weeks primary and 4 months in secondary. ABV was around 9.5%. Was hard to let sit but I totally enjoyed tasting the transformation. When I served the last case on New Years it was soo good. All my friends thoroughly enjoyed it and ya it does pack a punch. Would highly recommend this kit, very smooth with a nice sweet malty aftertaste. The key is time, let this bottle condition for at least 2 months and you will be amazed. Followed the kit instruction to a T. (Posted on 2/19/13)
Best Belgian Review by Steve
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I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, and this one is by far the best. Like previously stated, when tried the first taste had an "oh my God this is an excellent beer" moment. Very highly recommended. (Posted on 1/13/13)
Great High Gravity Belgian Review by E Fresh
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I let this one sit a little longer, a month in the primary, 3 months in secondary and at least a month on bottles. At 10.5% it is surprisingly smooth and complex at the same time. This beer will impress both your beer snob friends and occasional drinkers. Highly recommended. (Posted on 8/4/12)
Totally agree with John (above) Review by Michael
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I brewed this a couple years ago and it is still the most requested/reminisced beer I have made to date. I find most of my dreams have been replaced by fantasies of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale...and that is not a complaint. I will order this one again soon. (Posted on 7/25/12)
Delicious even before carbonation Review by Tiny Manatee Brewing
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My sister and I brew and we decided to pick a long fermenting one for our one year brewing anniversary. We thought this sounded good that even if we screwed it up, the high abv would at least get us drunk, and gave it a shot. Well, it's definitely going to put hair on your chest. Ours clocked in at 11.7%! We bottled last night and it was delicious even before the carbonation. My wife who is hard to please said that she is very excited for this to be ready to go and I am too! (Posted on 7/3/12)
Amazing Review by Isoscelesjones
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Decided to brew this for the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race. Poured a glass, sat down to watch the race, took a sip - and promptly had an "OMG this is amazing beer" moment.

I'll brewing this one again - very soon. (Posted on 4/18/12)
One of my favorites! Review by Drayke the beer baron
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...Throw in a can of Oregon blackberry's, some sweet orange peel, and an extra pound of Belgian candi sugar- it'll pack a wicked wollop.

Sweet finish the first month or so out of the secondary fermentation, 6 months later in the bottle it fully matured and tasted comparable to a chimay white. (Posted on 2/27/12)
Escellent Review by Mike
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This was one of my best brewing efforts to date and everyone who tries it absolutely loved it. The worst thing about this beer is having to share it, but the sacrifice will be repaid in spades with the appreciation of the recipients. The other posters in this review section are spot on, so I won't go through describing the beer all over again, I will just add my five stars and encourage you to try this beer! (Posted on 12/23/11)
Fantastic! Review by John
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This is an excellent brew, with a couple of caveats. First, if you bottle it in 22oz bottles, it takes much longer to bottle condition. I ended up with a 9.2% alcohol content, which is great. Even when bottling in 12oz bottles, this took a couple of months to fully carbonate, and it's getting even better with age. You definitely won't be drinking these at the 6 week mark. Feedback across the board has been great, but it's hot! (Posted on 12/7/11)
Wow my lips are numb! Review by Blanddragon
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As many others have said here, this is a excellent beer. Schnocked is what my friends call it. It is THE best beer I have made for a kit! Too smooth. I bottle in 22 oz bottles and give it as gifts. I've been making it since 2008 and still love it to this day. You will not be disappointed! (Posted on 8/23/11)
An all timer Review by Greg
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I've gotten rave reviews from friends before, but this was an eye-popping, back slapping kudos to the brewer reaction I'd never had before. Yes, I took about six months from (extract) boil to keg, but it was definitely worth it. Mine finished about 10% and quaffing 2 pints will have you feeling pretty happy. You can't detect the ABV in the taste either. Yum! (Posted on 7/20/11)
One of my favorites Review by Harrison
I have been brewing for almost 40 years and this is one I like to keep on hand. It needs a long time to develop full flavor and carbonization but is worth the wait. I try to have several different batches at different points in the brewing cycle so waiting is not a problem. Carboys, bottles and caps are inexpensive if you have the space for this approach. (Posted on 10/3/10)
Good stuff! Review by Sneekysneeky
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Another awesome Belgian beer. 2 weeks in primary, 3 months in secondary and a month in the bottle. Still has a bit a bite to it that i expect to mellow a bit more with age. Can't wait for this to mature a little more. Carbonated after 2 weeks with 5 oz of corn sugar. Finished around 9%. (Posted on 9/22/10)
Strong, tasty - but beware the bottling instructions Review by Vid
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The brew takes some time to evolve in the bottle. I bottled using the Coopers Carbonation Drops and the beer still remains a little flat today after 6 weeks in the bottle. The instructions recommend 2-4 weeks before drinking but mine took at least four weeks before it lost the harshness and developed at least some carbonation. Today the flavor has really mellowed and it is a very enjoyable brew that will continue improving with more bottle aging. (Posted on 9/1/10)
Powerful Review by Johnathan
Just one of these beers is enough for me. The added sugar really cranks up the ETOH, and in the setting of its mild/mod hop flavor I think this is one of their better kits. Only issue was that secondary fermentation takes a very long time due to the high alcohol content, but it did provide a very nice mild/moderate carbonated beer with fine bubbles, and rich head. Good things for those who wait.
I will definetely brew it again. (Posted on 8/21/10)
Badass Belgian Review by John
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I made this beer about 2 years ago and my friends still talk about it. (Posted on 5/4/10)

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