The King's Reserve Belgian Pale Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0190

The King's Reserve is copper colored with a rocky white stand of froth and, at 5% abv, it's engagingly drinkable. Lucid levels of bright malt supported by kettle additions of nothing but Saaz hops and overlaid with yeast-derived complexity. Fruity with spicy overtones, hopped to balance, finishing malty but dry with a hint of toast and hop bitterness, entirely accessible but packed with intriguing layers of flavor. This everyday ale is just enough like other styles you've had to make it seem a little familiar, but at the same time it's like nothing else, either. This is a beer you could get lost in.

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The King's Reserve Belgian Pale Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Somewhere stylistically and geographically between English pale ale and German Altbier you will find a russet-colored, standard gravity, top-fermented beer: Belgian pale ale, the standard lunchtime tipple in the cafes and pubs of Antwerp. The King's Reserve is copper colored with a rocky white stand of froth and, at 5% abv, it's engagingly drinkable. Lucid levels of bright malt supported by kettle additions of nothing but Saaz hops and overlaid with yeast-derived complexity. Fruity with spicy overtones, hopped to balance, finishing malty but dry with a hint of toast and hop bitterness, entirely accessible but packed with intriguing layers of flavor. This everyday ale is just enough like other styles you've had to make it seem a little familiar, but at the same time it's like nothing else, either. This is a beer you could get lost in. Serve at cellar temp in a stemmed goblet and pair with freshwater fish, shellfish, or sausages.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1048
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Is this the world's best pale ale? Review by Scooter
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Just remarkable. I gave a bottle to an English buddy of mine and he said it was the best beer he's ever had. A perfectly balanced pale ale with ton of flavor and nice dry finish. What blew his mind was the all out Belgian character of the yeast. I agree. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this one is likely to be it. Looks, smells, and tastes, great. Goes well with most any food. Please NB keep it coming. (Posted on 6/28/13)
Great! Review by AJ
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Was really glad I got this kit. Really good BPA! I didn't add anything extra but I don't think it needed anything else. It has great belgian flavor and a little bit of spice with a nice mellow hop profile. Thanks N. Brewer! (Posted on 6/27/13)
best of both worlds? Review by Dan
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There are so few reviews on this kit, I was initially nervous when buying it. This was my first venture into liquid yeast with the smackpack. This beer was the first that I would say smelled amazing while it was on the stove top. This was my 6th brew, and was part of a double brew weekend.

This was also my first attempt at dry hopping as well. I took into consideration both the previous review and the style write up in BYO's 30 great styles that both said it could use a little more hop character. I split the batch into two 2.5 gallon batches, one being dry hopped on 1 oz. of whole leaf Saaz for 13 days, and one that was left alone.

I will be bottling this weekend on Memorial Day, so I will write an updated review with a rating when it is all carbed up.

I can't wait! (Posted on 5/22/13)
Awesome kit Review by Quick
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I brewed this per the instructions, and it turned out awesome. I will make this kit again when it is in stock. I may dry hop as suggested in other review, but it is great the way it is. (Posted on 5/7/13)
crisp Belgian fruitiness Review by Brent
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Fermented down to 1010, resulting in a very crisp beer with lots of Belgian fruitiness and spice esters. Was in the secondary for 2 weeks, which was shorter than the recipe. Excellent head and carbonation from 3/4 cup of corn sugar. (Posted on 1/20/12)
oh yeah Review by Santoka
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had a home brew pal over to try this one an he loved it. I did modify - I dry hopped Saaz for 7 days, made this one a very, very nice brew. Finished with a low FG ~ 1011 so nice, crisp beer with full body and (with the added Saaz) nice hops - drink this one in a wide top glass to get the full flavor / body. (Posted on 4/11/10)
good Review by Kevin
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I added bitter orange peel, lemon peel, and coriander to this batch and it came out to be similar to a hoegarden. needs to age a little but its a good beer. (Posted on 3/29/10)