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Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA Extract Kit


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When Belgian Tripel meets IPA, the result is an elegant and pale strong abbey ale carpet-bombed with American and continental hops.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Once upon a time a poor homebrewer was lamenting the lack of time that the modern world allowed him for his hobby. He had the ingredients for a batch of Tripel and a batch of IPA, but the demands of home and work life were such that he had no opportunity to brew them, and so he cried himself to sleep. While he slept, a collective of Ardennes Forest Beer Gnomes (Houblonmonstres, in Flemish) came into his house and took pity on the poor homebrewer. They decided they'd brew his beer for him. Unfortunately, the Gnomes were already three sheets when they broke into his home, and so they combined the ingredients for the two batches. This recipe is the result of their drunken meddling: an elegant and pale strong abbey ale carpet-bombed with American and continental hops. You're going to have to do the brewing yourself, though.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBelgian
Original Gravity1082
Total Time to Make2 months
4.8 / 5.0
57 Reviews
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As advertised
Brew day on this was 3 months ago plus a week. I was grateful for the reviews warning me to use a blow off assembly. Sixteen days primary and 33 days in secondary at 66 degrees. I followed the directions with two variations: adding Irish moss near the end of boil and increasing sugar at bottling time up to 5 1/2 oz. instead of 5. At 4 weeks from bottling it is nicely carbonated. Fermentation temps were mid to upper 60's F. The Belgian yeast character is a little understated, but the first bottle tastes great. I will cellar this until June and expect it to be a prize in November. It is clear and beautiful.
February 22, 2018
4 months ago
Awesome Belgian Tripel
It took a really long time for it to ferment in sit in the secondary but it's a seriously good Belgian Tripel. And I say that because it is advertised as a Belgian Tripel IPA. I don't get any hoppy flavors to it. I'm not complaining but it is not what I expected especially since I smelled it when bottling and it smelled like an IPA. Great beer for those who like Belgian Tripels. Will brew again.
August 24, 2017
11 months ago
Magical brew1
This is houblonmonstre magic... enjoy it, but be very careful!
June 27, 2017
11 months ago
This is a regular at my house.. 2 things.. Wait about 3-4 months, it's so worth it.. 2 - I use 1 lb corn sugar at end to bring down the abv .. It's just so drinkable that at 9%, it's too much in my opinion. This beer is so easy to make, just tapped one and also brewing another today. I usually cry when the keg kicks ... Probably my favorite northern brewer kit even though I am partial to IPAs
April 21, 2017
1 year ago
Great beer and versatile
I love this beer, its my favorite. This spring I decided to make this beer but try to lower the ABV. I added only one pound of sugar at the end (instead of 2) and made 5.5 gallons.Perfect summer belgian pale ale.. I do think the key to this beer is to wait 4 months. At 2 months its good for sure, but wait 4 and its phenominal.
August 3, 2016
More Tripel than IPA with a KICK!
This is a good beer. It is more tripel than IPA, so I think the Houblonmonstres misplaced some of the bitter hops. I would have liked a little more bitterness on the balance scale, but it is a good sipper & it definitely has a kick!
June 17, 2016
Belgian Tripel IPA
After the long wait, it was worth it. Came in at 7.8%, tastes of pear/apple with the distinct belgian yeast flavors. Brought it to a bottle share and got good reviews.
May 4, 2016
Follow up to previous review
This beer is absurdly good. Like I said earlier, I made it twice last year and first one was rushed. Just kicked the 2nd keg and can't wait to make again and sad I don't have one waiting. My good friend also brews and brewed this once and it wasn't his favorite (but he rushes everything).. He was over the other day for the end of the keg and was shocked. We were heading to a brewery for a couple beers but I had a hard time getting him to leave the house. Even people who don't like Belgians seem to like this one. It is strong though, wondering about a batch with only 1 lb of sugar at the end to bring the ABV down a touch.
January 8, 2016
Great Beer... but have some patience.
I made this beer twice this year. The first time I tapped it at 8 weeks and it was pretty good, but a little harsh. At about 16 weeks it got really good, but then the kegged kicked. I made it again and didn't tap until week 18 and wow, what a difference. Its very tasty and smooth, all harshness gone. Will certainly be a regular on the kegerator.
December 4, 2015
I just bottled this beer and all I can say is wow! I hope it carbonates well because this will become my favorite beer. I used a yeast starter, dry hopped with Amarillo and a couple of other tweaks and so far so good! I brewed this beer to celebrate my daughters birth at the end of September and can't wait to share. If it is as good as it is now, this will become a regular. Thanks northern brewer!
September 2, 2015
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What is the ideal fermentation temperature for the Houblonmonstre?
Steven D on Nov 9, 2017
I never worried about finding the ideal temperature. I can tell you that my basement that averaged about 66 degrees and fermentation worked out fine. Houblonmonstre is a great brew. I hope this helps.
I am 3 weeks post Brew day. My Houblonmostre has gone from a gold color to reddish-brown. I understand the color will be darker since I used the extract kit, but is this normal?
A shopper on May 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is certainly darker in color than the picture from my experience. I wouldn't worry.. Personally, this is my favorite beer from NB, however, I tweak it a bit to make it lower in ABV and more drinkable for summer months. I put in only about 3/4 of the extract and only one pound of sugar (instead of two).. Either way, its a great beer.
What BJCP category is this? It came out great and want to enter it into a competition. Thanks!
A shopper on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would think this falls into a Belgian IPA category if that exists. I believe it was a clone of Houblon Chouffe. All that being said, I would put your own spin on it before entering it in any competiton because it would be NB's recipe. Good luck
What is the consensus on the best yeast to use for the beer?
A shopper on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used the liquid yeast recommended by NBA. Most of the time I use dry yeast but Belgians really need an authentic strain. I don't recall the exact strain.
I will use dry BE-256 yeast, so how many grams should I use for best result? ( I will not add a yeast starter).
A shopper on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You would probably use the whole packet for a 5 gallon batch. It would be hard to over yeast a Belgian ale. Fermentation of this ale tends to slow down fast at the end. You might want to save some yeast and add some yeast and candy sugar at the end to insure complete fermentation. Also give this beer plenty of time to bottle condition as it gets better with age. I have brewed this Tripel 3 times and it is one of my favorites.

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