De Belge Farmhouse IPA is unlike any Belgian ale you’ve had before - aggressively bitter, roundly Belgian, brilliantly aromatic. Reminiscent of Orval (pick up some Brett. B to add that special character) before they scrubbed the calcium deposits off the coppers. Built on a base of Belgian pils with a small percentage of torrefied wheat to fill out the body and add a suggestion of creaminess, then hopped to high levels with European gems (Brewer's Gold and Hallertau, anyone?) and rippling with rich yeast fruitiness. Back before the world caught on to the brilliance of Wallonian saison, brewers were wont to over-hop as their hearts dictated. Here we attempt to capture their joie de houblon, and bring full circle the versatility of "old" hop varieties.
|Beer Kit Yield||5 Gallons|
|Recipe and Instructions||Click Here!|
|Total Time to Make||4 weeks|
- Great kit! Review by Beau
I nailed the 1.060 OG and still ended up with an extra gallon, so I put that in a separate jug and pitched the dregs of a Seizoen Bretta. Can't wait to taste that one!
This one attenuated all the way down to 1.002! It's delicious. I will most definitely be brewing this kit again. (Posted on 9/18/13)
- Nice Review by Andy
- Needs help to make an IPA (IMO) Review by DanS
Please note that I scaled this to 5.5 gallons, so all measurements are relative to that change.
The first thing I did was to dial back the IBUs. 80 IBUs just seemed way too high for a beer with no real malt flavor to balance it. So I put in 1oz of the Brewers Gold at 60 mins and 2.5oz of the Hallertau at 20 mins. This brought IBUs down to ~50. I really wanted to put in the rest of the hops as a flavoring addition, but since this was my first belgian, I didn't have the guts.
Well, sure enough, out of the primary it was all yeast esters and hop bitterness, but no hop flavor or aroma (what's an IPA if you can't taste/smell the hops?). So I dry hopped into the keg, with the extra 1/2 oz of hallertau, plus 1 oz of cascade and 3/4 oz of amarillo, to add as some spice/citrus overtones, especially since the 3952 yeast is really strong on bubblegum flavors and much less on fruit flavors.
After 4 days of dry-hop (in the keg), the beer is great. Still a really strong belgian pils/wheat base, with lots of orange and grapefruit on top. And now it really does taste like an IPA. If I were to do it again, I would add an ounce of hallertau and an ounce of cascade at flameout, and then pull the hallertau out of the dry hop.
(Posted on 5/10/13)
- Fantastic! Review by Malin
- Very, very good Review by Jason
- absolutely superb Review by celticssoxguy