La Petite Orange
 Extract Kit w/Specialty Grains

SKU: U0570
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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.

La Petite Orange

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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)

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