La Petite Orange
 Extract Kit w/Specialty Grains

SKU: U0570

A Belgian Dubbel without the deep dark chocolate maltiness, the Orangé is rich with caramel sweetness and a full body that hides the 6.1% ABV very well.

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La Petite Orange

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A Belgian Dubbel without the deep dark chocolate maltiness, the Orange is rich with caramel sweetness and a full body that hides the 6.1% ABV very well. A simple sipper that evokes warm summery memories with every sip, yet fits perfectly into the colder months' standard brewing repertoire.

Wyeast Trappist High Gravity Y3787 is a great alternative yeast for this kit; it ferments a bit drier with a rich ester profile, malty palate, and has a high alcohol tolerance.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1052
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Blanche Review by Drom John
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I brewed the Blanche variation, and am very satisfied. More importantly, since this was SWMBO's choice, SWMBO thinks this a 4.5* and says it is almost as good as Scaldis Amber. (Posted on 9/28/14)
Great summer brew Review by JC
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I made this in June 2014. Initial SG 1.045, final 0.996. I added orange zest as many suggested, but did not add more coriander. Very enjoyable beer, especially in the summer heat. I only gave it 2 weeks in the secondary as I was in a hurry with two empty kegs, but would leave for 4+ weeks next time to allow it to clear more. (Posted on 7/14/14)
Fantastic beer Review by Tim
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This is my favorite NB kit. I make this with 1/2 oz ground coriander and 1/2 oz sweet orange peel added at flame out. I typically go from 1.054 to 1.009 after 3 weeks in the primary, then bottle with 4 oz of corn sugar. The beer carbs in about 2 weeks and is fantastic treat at that point. It gets better with a few more weeks in the bottle, but I have not noticed much improvement with longer aging. This is a really popular beer and I have friends asking me to make them cases all the time. I use this as my regular house beer now. (Posted on 7/1/14)
Great Belgian Review by Schmave72
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This is a great beer. I went with the Wyeast smack pack and had great results. I added ground coriander dried orange peels at flame out and didn't get much of the flavor in the final profile. If I brew this one again I would add more coriander and fresh orange zest to kick it up a little. Overall a great, easy-drinking flavorful Belgian. I would highly recommend. (Posted on 6/22/14)
Incredible Review by Karl
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This was by far the best beer I have made from one these kits.....all my friends said as much and it went fast at the party even though there were several alternatives. Just ordered another kit (Posted on 6/19/14)
Very good beer Review by John
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Pretty straight forward brew. I added the orange zest and Corriander per the instructions. Going to give the all grain version a try at some point. (Posted on 6/17/14)
Great brew Review by Matt
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Still a new brewer with under 10 brews under my belt. All of them extract kits. Found this beer intriguing and bought it. I added the coriander seed to my brew and instead of orange peel,I added tangerine zest and flesh at the end of the boil and let it sit for about ten minutes. 4 weeks primary and about 5 weeks secondary I bottled and tested after 10 days. A lot of yeast sediment, but it tasted great. I can only imagine how great this will taste after some more time in the bottle. I will give this beer another month and taste again, I'm optimistic with the results though! (Posted on 6/5/14)
Damn near perfect Review by Marc
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This is probably the best brew in the NB lineup. I make the blanche version and can't keep it on the shelf. Friends are literally coming over and demanding this brew. It is the best end of day relax brew. Smooth, spritzy, refreshing, with light aroma of coriander and orange zest with out being a fruity beer. (Posted on 5/23/14)
Certainly not subtle Review by Ed
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This was my fifth batch and my second kit from Northern Brewer. It's only been in the bottle about 10 days, so I know this is probably a little premature, but here's my take of the beer at this stage.

There's quite a bit going on in this beer. I added the recommended amounts of orange peel and coriander seed at flameout. Per a suggestion, I let them sit in the wort throughout the cooling process. There is a LOT of flavor in the beer, but I think there is MORE than enough spice. If I made this beer again, I'd cut the coriander amount in 1/2 or at least reduce it. It's a little much for me. Kind of like Shock Top or Blue Moon on steroids.

That being said, the beer has been met with RAVE reviews from my friends - several of which don't like craft beers.

I doubt I'd get it again, but this beer - like most - should only get better with time. I'm glad I brewed it - it was a fun beer to do - lots of ingredients. I let it sit in primary for 2 weeks and secondary for three. I'm curious to see what this beer tastes like a month from now. (Posted on 4/21/14)
Great beer Review by Frank
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Easy to brew. This beer benefits from some time in a secondary, it needs some time to clear up. This was the first batch that I kegged. It is delicious, definitely a Belgian with a note of cloves. I will definitely brew again. (Posted on 4/15/14)
1st shot at brewing beer and have nothing but great reviews Review by Phil
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Been making wine on and off since 1985 but this is my 1st time brewing beer. Followed the instructions and added the 1 oz of coriander and the zest of 2 oranges at flame out. All the neighbors
want to come over for more. Shit I don,t have enough. Hope they like my next, Caribou Slobber. Will be in my rotation for sure. Need to keep the neighbors happy



(Posted on 4/12/14)
Brew this! Review by Sticks
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I write reviews roughly never. This beer, however, makes it hard to not share my experience. We added the zest of three oranges and a tsp of coriander at flameout. The beer turned out amazing! Every single person that has tried it absolutely loves it. People have even commented that they can't believe we actually made it. We will order this again for sure! It's probably going to be the go to beer for us in the future.
Thanks NB for this and for being so awesome in general.
(Posted on 4/11/14)
Took two tries Review by Michael
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First time I brewer this I made a bunch of mistakes: didn't aerate the wort after pitching, used an inferior zester with 2 holes, and didn't smack the yeast packet hard enough to release the nutrients (which resulted in a 60 hour wait for fermentation to begin).
People said they liked the beer but I had my doubts so I ordered another kit. This time I aerated properly and successfully smacked the yeast packet and even made a yeast starter. Fermentation began within 6 hours! I also bought a Microplane Classic Zester and I highly recommend it for any zesting. It produced about 3x the amount of zest I got using that cheap model.
After the fermentation began, I got a great orange smell for the next few days. Opened the first bottle day and friends all agrreed it was far superior to my first batch.
I probably put too much strain on the yeast on my first batch------and it showed. Live and learn. (Posted on 3/28/14)
It's worth waiting for! Review by Paula
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Resist the temptation to drink it immediately. I'd wait at least four months before trying this one. Go ahead and get some coriander and orange peel to add to the beer at flame-out. I used the peel from oranges I grew in my own backyard. If you use Wyeast in the smackpack, be forewarned that the yeast is slow to get going. I got around that by making a starter a few days ahead of time. The fermentation was vigorous but well-mannered. Finally, once it's time to drink, hide some bottles because once family and friends get their mitts on this batch, it's gone. (Posted on 3/25/14)
Great Expectations Review by Del
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I like Belgian style brews and brewed this one according to the directions. However my basement was too cool (58F) and the fermentation was extremely slow, so after four days I moved it upstairs to a location that stayed around 65F. Active fermentation the next day. Racked to secondary after 7 additional days and bottled 17 days later. OG= 1.058, FG=1.011, ABV=6.17%. Stored at 65F for 2 weeks and refrigerated half of it. Stored the other half another week and a half at 65F. Tried the first bottle. Good flavor and aroma and quite spritzy, but lost the head rather quickly. Could be due to my lower fermentation temp. I think a brew heater is in order. Will definitively try again and probably add the coriander and orange peel for more complexity in the flavor.

The bottles that I stored longer had better flavor, so be patient with this one!

(Posted on 3/16/14)
Just Delicious. Review by Shane
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I added the orange and coriander 5 minutes before flameout. Orange taste is real strong and I enjoy it. Better yet though that I finally found something my girlfriend likes! Will recommend to anybody.

I heard that without the added orange there isn't any orange flavor at all. I don't know if it's true or not because I added orange peel the only time I brewed it.

That being said, I will try one without any orange peel. If there is no orange taste then I will use this beer as my flavors beer. I will try strawberry,raspberry,apple,peach,etc. (Posted on 1/28/14)
Wow! Review by Rob
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All I can say is WOW! I did make a slight change however. I did not add the spices but did add 3-lbs of orange blossom honey at flame out. It has a hint of orange and real smooth mouth feel. Will definitely be doing this one again. (Posted on 1/10/14)
Impressive Review by Andrew
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This was better than commercial Belgian beers I have had. I had a very vigorous fermentation with this one. I actually had two blowoffs and was worried that it might have been ruined because I was not home for 8-10 hours on both occasions. That clearly was not the case. I added orange peel, coriander, and paradise seed. Style wise, I prefer IPA's, but I will definitely brew this again. (Posted on 1/7/14)
Love this one! Review by Hatcher
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This was one of my first beers. I have to say when I pulled my wife one from the keg and here words "OMG, honey this is great!" made my head swell. I hope NB never discontinues it. I made a partial mash version of it just to see have the mouth feel changed. It is one excellent beer (Posted on 1/2/14)
Holiday Hit Review by Tom
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I brewed up a batch of this ale to have it ready over Christmas and New Year's. I figured that since half of my family isn't really in to beer, let alone Belgian beers, it would last through both Holidays and leave me with some to spare.

So much for that plan... We nearly kicked it on Christmas Eve. Everybody loved it. I'm already getting requests for another batch. With how easy it is to brew, I have no problem whipping some more up.

I recommend adding the orange zest like the recipe suggests. I also went with liquid yeast over the dry yeast. Primary for 8 days, Secondary for 14 days, force carbonated in keg at 30psi for 48 hours. Came out perfect. (Posted on 12/31/13)
Don't Fear the Abbey Review by David
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This was my third batch and my introduction to Belgian yeast. After using dry yeast in my first two batches, I was a little leery about using the 1214 Abbey yeast in the smack pack. It arrived on a warm Florida afternoon. The yeast was warm, and the packing ice melted. I put it immediately into the fridge. About a week later I pitched the yeast into a starter. The smack pack did not inflate right away. After a day, it had only partially inflated. I read that the yeast is a notoriously slow starter so I did not completely panic. I added the partially inflated smack pack to the 1200 ml starter wort of light DME. The yeast did not really do anything! I had even oxygenated it the starter and hand-swirled it, but there was no really noticeable activity (little foaming). Before pitching it I check the gravity, and it had indeed fermented the DME in the starter. I pitched the yeast into the batch. OG was 1.050. (I still don't understand how NB can claim the the ABV is over 6, but then I have a lot to learn.) First bubble appeared in fermentation lock after only 1 hour. By 12 hours it was going well (1 bubble/sec). After 2 days it had slowed to 1 bubble/2 sec. where it stayed for another day. I did not need a blowoff tube for the 6.5 gallon plastic carboy. The fermentation temp rose quickly over 78 deg during the first day. And although the yeast never made a huge head, it was definitely active in the beer. Ambient temperature for fermentation was 74 deg. By the third day the beer temperature had dropped below 78. (In hindsight, I would have held the temperature down a bit to reduce the amount esters in the final beer.) FG was 1.010. The beer did not taste that great after two weeks in the bottle. It was kind of gassy and very tart. But after a month in the bottle it is finally tasting very good. Like I said, it is still a little on the "fruity" side, but the finish of the beer is much smoother, and I don't notice the rough aroma that I detected in the first week. I have now brewed 6 batches and continue to be amazed at how differently each yeast responds to basically the same conditions. (Posted on 12/21/13)
Great Beer Review by Coneman
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This is going to be one of my new favorites. A nice aroma with orange and nice belgian dubble type beer. (Posted on 12/16/13)
East and Flavorful! Review by Newbie Brewbie
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Gave this a try for only my 2nd batch ever brewing. it turned out perfect. It did need a little more time to carbonate, but was well worth the wait. I couldn't keep it in my fridge it was so good, and friends are asking when I'm brewing it again. Can't wait to try the all grain version! (Posted on 12/5/13)
great start Review by Justin
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Brewed this 4 weeks ago the flavor of the wort was like orange candy. I added 2lbs of orange blossom honey at flame out my og was 1.076. (Posted on 11/23/13)
giddy as a school girl. Review by Don
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i rated this kit 5 stars, because i am really excited to try it. i used the Belgian Abby yeast and smacked the pack in the morning and started brewing that afternoon. the yeast pack did not inflate by the time i was ready to pitch the yeast. i live in the middle of nowhere and have no other options so i pitched the yeast. it took about 36 hours before active fermentation. at flame out, i added zest from two oranges and 1/2 tsp ground coriander (only kind available in my area). i can't wait to try it! (Posted on 11/20/13)
Didn't realize I liked Belgian ales... until now! Review by Cason
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As usual with beer kits from Northern Brewer this beer was great. There are so many flavors I don't even know where to begin. Make this beer, you won't be sorry. All of my friends that have tried it are continually asking for it. I'm looking forward to letting this one age a little more but at the rate it is being drank now, I will just have to make some more. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Superb Review by Kyle
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Awesome. Better than Belgians you can get in the store. I followed the recipe note by adding some fresh orange peel. I was a chicken regarding the coriander--will add full amount next time instead of 1/3 of what was called for. I want a bit more of that flavor next time. Very citrusy--in a good way. (Posted on 11/12/13)
My first try at adding flavors Review by Kevin
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This was my fourth brew and first attempting to add some flavoring. Taking things relatively easy I only went with an addition of orange zest and left out the coriander (hey, there's always next time!). For the orange I decided to go a little exotic and went blood orange to be a little different. Brew day went smoothly, next time I'll be buying an extra bag for the steeping grains as there was a good amount.

I've gotten my wife into drinking the home brew with my previous Belgian choice, Patersbier and Petite Orange has been very similar for her. This is a wonderful beer young, the orange is faint but there to add that hint of flavor. This is only going to get better with age! (Posted on 11/7/13)
Patience Grasshopper Review by Eric
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Like all the other reviewers I love this beer. Very wonderful complex flavor. I highly advise a minimum of 2 months in the secondary followed by another 2 in the bottle. Flavor absolutely comes alive with time. It's an amazingly good going the minimum wait but waiting longer gives exponential benefits in taste. (Posted on 10/23/13)
My Best Yet Review by Brian
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Just made my second bath of this at the weekend, the first one lasted all of 1 week. I did the 1/2 Oz of crushed coriander and zest of 2 oranges. This time I have doubled to 4 oranges so I'll see how that goes. I'm probably gonna brew this one every 3rd kit or so (Posted on 10/21/13)
A good tasting Belgian Review by Raymond
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This is a great kit that is a bit more fun to brew as compared to typical extract kits. As the instructions state, there is a significant lag time in the fermentation. My kit was shipped during one of the hottest times of the summer and I was afraid that the Yeast did not survive since the smack pack did not inflate. I was ready to re-pitch the yeast when it actually started more than 40 hours after pitching. I did not use the coriander or orange zest in this batch but after one week in the primary, two weeks in the secondary, and two weeks of bottle conditioning, it came out very smooth with a good mouth feel (ABV=6.2%). It reminds me of the various Belgian Trapist ales I've had. I've purchased another kit and will be brewing with the coriander and orange zest this time. (Posted on 10/18/13)
well worth your time but........... Review by jim
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Brewing this delicious selection for the second time and will likely brew it again this spring. Takes a bit longer for the yeast to activate so don't worry, it'll turn out just fine. Do not bottle it in bombers, your friends will finish it in a night. (Posted on 10/15/13)
Awesome flavor, easy brew! Review by Paul
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I'm just a couple days from kegging. This stuff was delicious from the start. Tasted a sample after primary fermentation and I've been dreaming about it ever since. Wonderful aroma and not as sweet as one would think given the sugar content in the recipe. (Posted on 10/4/13)
Good stuff Review by Bryan
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I just tapped the keg a few days ago and boy was I happy I did. I added the zest of 2 oranges and a bit of coriander like some others suggested and let them sit during fermentation. Very glad I did. I'd have to agree with what the other customers said about aging time. I don't think mine is quite there and it's been 2 weeks. Going to try and hold off another week or so before I dive in again. (Posted on 9/21/13)
Great Brew Review by Dave
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My brew has only been in the bottles for 2 weeks, but I could not resist trying it and can report it is great even before it conditions thoroughly. The temperature was a little high during fermentation and the Wyeast Belgian Abby yeast has a strong banana aroma. I think it may mellow a bit in another couple of weeks. Never the less, a great beer. Next time I will use more orange. I added only a little (gratings from 1 fresh orange) at end of boil. (Posted on 9/16/13)
Very Smooth Belgian Review by Feral Fish Brewery
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I followed the instructions very closely and added fresh orange zest from 2 oranges (I decided to leave out the coriander). The orange zest was a little strong when I tested it after 2 weeks in the bottle. After 1 month it was awesome! Very smooth with about a 6.25% ABV and a great aroma! (Posted on 9/13/13)
Great Brew, A Little High on Carbonation Review by Victor
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This was a very good kit, straightforward and fun to brew. Brewed on July 14 with the orange zest and coriander addition. Tasted September 1st - great flavor, very citrus-y. Used the recommended 2/3 cup of priming sugar, but came out a little too carbonated in my opinion. Will use less next time. Great overall! (Posted on 9/4/13)
Not a fan Review by Brad
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I was intriqued by the prospect of brewing with orange peel and coriander, so I purchased this kit. It produces a light tasting, bubbly (almost fizzy) beer with a huge white head. (Think of a glass 1/4 full of liquid and the rest is foam.) I've decided I'm not a fan of Belgium brews and I'm having a hard time finishing up the batch. I'm in my 50's and many of my friends don't take to this beer, either. My kids (in their mid to late 20's) and their friends like this beer much more. One of my friends just happened to brew a similar Belgium, but added orange peel, coriander and ginger to his. I thought the ginger was a very good addition. I used the peel from 2 medium oranges (about 1 oz) and 2 Tbsp (1/2 oz) of coriander. Couldn't really make out the coriander in the finished product. I used a starter with Wyeast 1214 Belgium Abbey (2 days). 10 days in primary and over a month in the secondary. After the first 10 days in secondary, I moved it to a cooler room (50F). 6.6% ABV. (Posted on 9/3/13)
Crowd favorite Review by Tj
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Made this especially for an annual family gathering. I've been bringing home brew for a couple of years. This keg was empty before the first of us left (5 gallon in less than 4 hours).

Really well balances and a great summer beer refreshing, light, flavorful. Great for a picnic or just hanging around the pool.

Already requested for next year too, will defiantly make my summmer repertoire. (Posted on 9/1/13)
Good Beer Review by Kurt
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This was my fourth beer. I made a few mistakes on brew day, but after 2-3 weeks in the bottles, it tasted good and only improved from there.

There was a heat wave when it arrived, and the package sat on my porch for a few hours in the sun. By the time I got home from work, the ice packs had melted and the liquid yeast was warm. The smack pack took a long time to activate, and never inflated very far. Even then, the beer still turned out tasty. (Posted on 8/28/13)
The girls love it Review by Mike
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I like it so much that I ordered a 2nd brew kit. Added some sweet orange peel & switch to high gravity belgian yeast to give it a twist. A great tasting beer (Posted on 8/23/13)
Great taste so far. Review by Tim
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Just bottled it, but tasted great initially. Looking forward to the end product. Nice color. (Posted on 8/22/13)
Needs time Review by Gary
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After 3 weeks in bottles - still not ready.
I am going to go with other folks here and hope it improves in a month. (Posted on 8/18/13)
i liked it Review by leo
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It,s better with age. a drank some at week 3 because I needed the bottles. I think the orange and cor. adds would have worked great maybe better than blue mxxn. If I order again I,ll try that for sure (Posted on 8/15/13)
A++ Review by James
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Added zest from two oranges, and two TSB of Coriander at Flame out. Primary 8 days, secondary 11 days. Tried it one week after bottling. Coriander was a little strong. 2.5 weeks after bottling.... PERFECT!! Love this beer (Posted on 8/9/13)
Easy to Brew; Can't Wait to Taste Review by Justin
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I know it's a little early for a review, but I thought I'd post part 1. I went off-recipe a little bit: bought the White Labs WLP500 Trappist yeast; added the zest of 2 oranges (per the blanche instructions), but substituted the 1/2 oz. crushed coriander with two 1/2 oz. additions of dried elderflower mixed with 10-12 dashes of coriander (at 5 and 0 minutes).

I made a yeast starter and within 4 hours of pitching I had a 3/8" krausen and 2-3 bubbles through my blowoff per second.

The krausen fell and the bubble rate dropped to 1 per 10 seconds about 24 hours after that. There are still some signs of active fermentation now (on day 5).

I think I'm more excited to try this kit than I was anxiously awaiting the first taste of my first home brew.

More to come in about 2.5 weeks. (Posted on 8/8/13)
Simply Great Review by William
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Brewed two batches, one per instruction except I did a full 5 gal boil, the other with 2 lbs. of Wild Flower Honey. The first came out at 6.4%, the other w/honey came out at 8.1%.

Both are fantastic. Grab some fresh raspberries or blackberries and a glass of this with some good cheese and it is a great snack.

I do agree with Robert however, it gets better with age. I've a case of each batch in my cellar for next summer. (Posted on 8/3/13)
Amazing with Wyeast 1214 Review by Stephen
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I forgot to add the candi sugar, and what I had turned out a bit lighter and very sessionable. Great kit, especially when fermented with 1214. (Posted on 7/27/13)
great flavor- long wait Review by Robert
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This beer is excellent. The taste is light and refreshing for a summer day, and the Belgian yeast gives it that awesome crisp feel. My only problem is that it matures and mellows slower than advertised. I brewed this more than 3 months ago, and I try it about every other week. It continues to get better every time. Next time, I will let it sit a minimum of 6 months before I pop one open. (Posted on 7/19/13)
Great kit Review by Dylan
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This kit is not only quite simple to put together, but very rewarding to drink and to share. Coloration is beautiful, and the carbonation provided by the Belgian yeast is crisp and appropriate. I definitely recommend! (Posted on 7/12/13)
Excellent brew! Review by Henry T
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This is a fabulous experience! I just ordered a 2nd batch to brew another. My keg is draining fast. If it possible to acquire all year long, this will be a standard offering in my household. This is a top-notch brew! (Posted on 7/12/13)
excellent Review by dean
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We though this would taste like blue moon but it really doesnt. Not too sweet and very smooth. A really good beer on the lighter side. Will buy this one again. (Posted on 5/20/13)
All I Can Say Is 'WOW!' Review by Doc Blue
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I love all great beers, regardless of style. And, this is a great beer.
10 days primary, 2 weeks secondary, as of now only 10 days bottle condidtioned. Ordered and used the sweet orange peel and coriander and I'm glad I did.
Followed the directions to the 'T' and I got a 1.053 OG and a 1.010 FG.
If you are a fan of La Fin Du Monde, you will love this simple to make beer. Citrus, spice, great mouthfeel and a clean lingering finish make it one I will definitely brew again.
I know another 2 weeks in bottle and this beer will be even better. Good job NB!

(Posted on 5/10/13)
Wow! Review by Paul
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I couldn't believe my ears when my wife came up to me and said-- "Where is the rest of the 'La Petite'?" My wife is not a big beer drinker, yet she managed to drink most of the first batch.

Now I'm in the dog house because I had none in bottles or in fermentation. So naturally I just ordered 2 more kits, one of which will be for her and her friends!

Thanks NB for a great kit that everyone has fallen in love with! (Posted on 5/9/13)
Very nice refreshing fruity flavor. Review by Mark
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My fourth brew. This was a nice change from the Stout and Slobber brews. Kept in primary two weeks, then bottle conditioned 2 weeks, chilled 1 week. Guys at office said best brew yet. Client and his wife loved it. Not too fruity, goes down very smooth. Rich golden color with suprisingly good carbonation at 3 weeks in bottle. (Posted on 4/19/13)
Wish I bought an extra kit! Review by pkrath84
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This brew is absolutely delicious and full of flavor. Not too sweet and a definite orange and lychee flavor right up front. The aroma is a bit banana like, I'm assuming for the yeast.

OG: 1.052 and FG: 1.008 for ABV: 5.78% which you can hardly detect.

I made 3 batches, one per day for three days and after tasting my most recent hydrometer samples I'm kicking myself in the rear that I'll be giving it all away! Ordering another as soon as I wrap up this review. I'll probably step it up to all grain this time though. I'm excited to see how much more developed the flavors will be! (Posted on 4/16/13)
Friends and Family Make This Brew Disappear Review by Matthew
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I've always liked the flavor of Belgian beers with a citrus influence. I think that's why I was drawn to this kit. I'm brewing it for a second time, my first batch disappeared. The first time I skipped the orange zest and coriander...I won't this time.

Two alterations were made, I used White Labs WLP530. I had it on hand and it is designed for high gravity Belgian ales, Dubbels and Trippels. The second was adding two pounds of wildflower honey. It upped the OG to a surprising 1.091! I like my session brews with some kick, so this was an incredible surprise.

My second batch will be brewed tomorrow. I'm keeping the recommended Wyeast 1214. I've had it in a starter for two days and know I'll need the extra yeast for the high OG. I'm still adding honey, but this time it will be two pounds of orange blossom honey. Orange zest and coriander will also be added.

**Note** I wouldn't recommend trying to add sugars to raise your OG if you don't have the means to make a yeast starter. The higher gravity will simply kill your yeast, specifically the Wyeast 1214 that comes in this kit. (Posted on 3/19/13)
Favorite so far Review by Kyle
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Only the third batch I've made so far and it is the best one for me so far. One recommendation for this one is patience. Followed directions on timeframes for fermentation (1 week prim, 2 weeks secondary), but needs to sit in the bottle minimum 3 weeks to carbonate properly. Kept in bottle now for 5 weeks and is tasting perfect! (Posted on 2/24/13)
Very good beer Review by Jeremy
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Great color, very clean pretty beer. Tastes heavier than actually is, my wife thought it was gonna knock her out. Would definitely brew again. (Posted on 2/23/13)
First place winner Review by Melody
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I entered this brew in my home brew clubs competition and took first place with it. One of my favorite beer kits. (Posted on 2/13/13)
Super tasty Review by Jacqueline
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I just had my first bottle from this kit. It is great! Malty and fruity. The Belgian yeast come right through to the top. The carbonation is very nice, almost like Champagne, light and effervescent. (Posted on 1/20/13)
Great reviews Review by Daniel
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This kit gave me so many compliments from my uncle who has been brewing for years to my co-workers who didn't care if they drank a craft beer or a Bud Lite. Truly great beer with good color. Good for beginners because of the darker colors and strong yeast. I couldn't recommend this more. Do try. (Posted on 12/5/12)
Awesome beer! Review by Fermented brain!
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I have been brewing for about 1 full year now and we have brewed about 25 batches of 10+ recipes. This is my favorite by far. Orange zest and corriander are a must for me. (Posted on 12/1/12)
Very smooth Review by Adam J
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I added the orange zest and coriander. This has such a nice smooth Belgian taste. I can't wait to enjoy some with my Thanksgiving dinner. (Posted on 10/27/11)
Great beer Review by Sneekysneeky
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I added orange zest, but left out the coriander. Very crisp beer and the zest gave it a pop. (Posted on 10/24/11)
Delicious and Worth It Review by McHaven
I let this sit in primary for 3 weeks, secondary for 3 weeks and bottle conditioned for 3 weeks so far. I had my fist bottle of it today. It has an incredible crisp and dry finish, with a strong forward spice note. It is a very delicious and very potent beer. I wish I hadn't gone 50/50 on this brew with a friend so I would still have more to drink. I'll be brewing this again for sure. (Posted on 9/21/11)
This beer makes me want to only drink beer I've brewed myself for the rest of my life. Review by Steve
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This was such a tasty beer. I did not add the orange zest and coriander as the previous reviewer, but my friends and family found this beer to be very enticing. I offered my wife a sip of the first bottle I opened, and she stole the entire glass. I want to make more of this! By far the best beer I've ever brewed. (Posted on 9/17/11)
Tasty Review by B
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I just tried this beer last night and it was good. I did a full 6.5 gallon boil and added the orange zest and coriander like the brewers note stated. The employees at NB's St. Paul store were disappointed I chose a Milwaukee kit but either way its another fine product from NB and is definitely worth trying. (Posted on 8/16/11)

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