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The Number 8 All-Grain Kit

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SKU# U1734

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A Belgian strong dark ale brewed in the Trappist fashion. A very dangerous beer that seems lighter than its (approximately) 9% abv would suggest. High carbonation, peppery alcohol, spicy cloves, rum-raisin and caramelized figs. Simply sublime!

Recommended:2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Stan Hieronymus (author of Brew Like a Monk) and Kristen England (BJCP Continuing Education Director) bring this special kit to your table. A wonderful example of a Belgian strong dark ale that brewed in the Trappist fashion. A very dangerous beer that seems lighter than its (approximately) 9% abv would suggest. High carbonation, peppery alcohol, spicy cloves, rum-raisin and caramelized figs. Simply sublime!

Recommended:2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Note: If you wish to achieve a level of carbonation similar to the commercial examples of this beer, add an additional 1 to 2 oz plain table sugar to the priming solution.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for The Number 8 All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBelgian
Original Gravity1084
Total Time to Make2 months
Reviews
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Bottled and aged for 12-months before drinking. Luscious mouthfeel, essences of dried fruit and malt. Would gladly order again.
April 2, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
The wait
I pitched at too high a temp - 80 and it finished with fusel flavors after a year. It's been 16 months and has cleaned up very nicely - not a hint of fusel alcohol at all. I added the extra bottling sugar but is still a little bit undercarbed and will probably remain that way at this point Would have been ready sooner had I not pitched the yeast so hastily, but to those who make the same mistake, take heart! It will come around. Am grabbing a big bottle to bring to my sister's along with a big turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. As others have said, this is a smooth satisfying beer. Next time, I'm going to make sure the wort is at the right pitching temp, and there will be a next time.
November 27, 2014
wonderful
excellent beer with some kick. Great flavor and an all around good easy drinking and dangerous Belgian dark beer
January 22, 2014
Good Stuff
Been wanting to brew up a Belgian Dark Strong for a long time, but hadn't formulated my recipe yet. I see that NB had this kit, so I figured I'd give it a try. Quality kit.
October 17, 2013
Atheists beware!
A brew like this one could make an atheist join the monastery. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with warming alcohol notes, light Belgian phenolic tastes of banana, and a bready finish. The head leaves a fine white lacework down the glass as it descends into immortality.
January 3, 2013
Great stuff
I made this with 2 lbs of belgian candi syrup(90,45) and wyeast 1388...turned out great. If I could do anything different I would change the 90 syrup to the darker one. Still a great recipe.
December 27, 2012
STRONG good beer
This beer is STRONG, definetly needs to rest in the bottle for at least 2 months before drinking. My original gravity was a little low (1.070), but still a stong beer. Once the beer rests for about 2 months, it has a nice smooth taste with a warm finish. I have placed most of this brew in storage and plan to drink after about 6 months of bottle conditioning. Not sure you can find a stonger beer with a better tase.
February 20, 2012
drink like a monk
The tears of Jesus wouldn't taste as good as this beer. I drank my last bottle last night (it's been 1.5 years since bottling) and it's SO good. When it was first carbed it was a little on the Hot side, but it mellows quickly and at 6 months it's perfection.
May 6, 2011
even better 2 years down the road
I am drinking a couple after 2 years in the bottle, and it is better than ever. Ensure that the beer is cooled down a bit from room temperature because it is highly carbonated and will explode out of the bottle. A lower temp will prevent that.I give this 6 pints, 12 thumbs up, 7 stars, and five aces.
April 3, 2011
Good brew, different yeast maybe though?
I've brewed this twice, first time to the letter (with two Activators), and the second time I added 1.5# of Pils and made a 2L starter on stir plate with 2 Activators, mashed at 152 for 90 min, and oxygenated the wort. Second time was much better IMO. Started at 1.090, finished at 1.013, and there's a very subtle warming feeling. The only thing is that while the description is very accurate, it's not very "Belginey" than a Chimay Grande Reserve, or the like. Next time I make it I'm gonna sub in 1214.
December 30, 2010
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