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The Number 8 Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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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 Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBelgian
Original Gravity1084
Total Time to Make2 months
4.6 / 5.0
49 Reviews
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Be Patient
Brewed this one way back in July (it's now February). As others have mentioned, it fermented violently the first few days. After that, it's pretty easy - just let it sit. The instructions say it will be ready 9 weeks after brewing day. After reading some of these reviews, I knew to wait beyond that, so I tried bottles after 4, 5, and 6 months. All had carbed well, but the taste was awful. Tried one 7 months out, and the taste is fantastic - definitely a Trappist ale.My advice on this one: bottle it and forget it. Seriously, brew now, bottle it, and store it with your Christmas decorations or something. The taste is amazing, but it takes a looooong time before it's ready.
March 2, 2013
Great beer, if you are patient
I have to agree with "Aitch" on every point. This brew fermented violently in the first couple of days, clogging the airlock and spaying brown stuff all up the wall next to the fermentor. It was in primary for about 2 weeks and secondary for about 2 months. 3 months after bottling there was no sign of carbonation so I had to open every bottle and add just a small amount of dry yeast to each bottle (I used Safale T-58) and recap. Another 3-4 weeks and it finally carbonated. I am now about a year out on this stuff and the taste is fantastic. Perhaps the best beer I have every had.
January 24, 2012
Perfect Belgian
I used Wyeast 4822 Dutch Castle Yeast to ferment with and this beer turned out to be one of my favorites. I also bumped up the ABV with some extra candy sugar right after krausen break. Will make for a great holiday beer this year and the next.
December 9, 2013
I've brewed this twice now, and will be doing it again very soon! (Distracted right now by the new Northy Quad. :D) It is a wonderful, tasty, complex beer. The taste is not only typical of a Belgian Dark Strong (Raisins, malts, brown sugars, etc), it is a prime example of everything a Belgian DS should be! You'll definitely need to do a yeast starter, and hook up a blow-off tube, because this beer is a big one! It does need time to age (as with most strong beers) but the wait is DEFINITELY worth it! You will not regret it! And, as on all my orders, Northern Brewer's customer service is awesome!
December 9, 2015
Number 8
Best recipe ever!!!!!!!!
October 13, 2015
Christmas 2014 - Naughty AND Nice
After some consultation with the beer-geeks at NB, I used this kit as the basis for a batch of Trappist inspired Barley Wine. Added more DME to up the alcohol and away it went. Made a double batch which has been aging in a 10-gallon oak barrel for the past five months. I've only enjoyed a stolen sip here and there when topping the barrel, and even flat this stuff is exquisite. Dark fruit with no hops to speak of; almost Bourbon-like flavor on the palate. Mildly oaked with just a hint of sweetness ... deliciously dangerous at just under 13% ABV. Cask conditioning speeds up the aging process making this drinkable in well under a year. Will bottle and give as gifts this Christmas season to my closest beer connoisseur friends.
October 15, 2014
Great Quad!
I love Quads but get frustrated with the prices of them, usually a bomber for @ $10.. I decided to give this a try. It now is 17 weeks old, aged in oak cubes soaked in Whiskey for about 5 days. It is now flowing on the tap although needs a bit more time to carbonate. It's simply the best beer I have brewed to date, as good as any Quad I can purchase. I will be keeping this one in the regular rotation to make sure I never run out, its that good.
July 29, 2015
excellent brew.........worthy of #10.will brew again another great kit from N.B.:)
Another great Belgian from NB
First off, you really can't go wrong with an NB kit developed by Stan Hieronymus and Kristen England...seriously.I recommend a really strong yeast starter - the bugs will need to eat a lot of sugar. And be prepared for the volcano! I agree with the other reviewers, don't rush this one, let this one age and you will be rewarded.
January 10, 2014
The Number 8 is a 10!
Good stuff, really good stuff. Two of these beers and you're happy and due for a cab. Let is age, I aged my for about five months, gets better and better. I want to buy another kit but it's currenty sold out. I can see why!
March 14, 2010
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For this brew I intend to make a starter with your fast pitch wort on a stir plate. Should I do 1 liter or 2?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My opinion is that it is immaterial. I've brewed this several times without a fast pitch and it worked out fine because of the long fermenting time - 4 to 6 weeks. If you have your heart set on it, I'd say do 1 liter. No sense diluting it further.
this is an outstanding brew as it is. This past weekend I had a ceramic bottle of it that was about 2 1/2 years old. It was amazing. Like fine Cognac.
Would this kit require bottling in thicker bottles? would this be the case of using the suggested modification for additional carbonation.
D S on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've made it several times following the recommended carbonation and have had no problems with regular bottles. If someone had it over-carbonate then it was likely one of two issues. First, it had not fully fermented out or second they added too much carbonating sugar. I guess it could be both.
I would like to brew this beer but end up with a bit lighter color. Any suggestions? I'm also planning to add oak cubes soaked in bourbon.
Russell S on Mar 14, 2016

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The first thing that comes to mind would be to not use the steeping grains, but this will change the flavor profile. You might be able to lighten the color and keep a fairly similar flavor profile by using something like Briess Caramel 10L. Another thing that comes to mind would be to use clear Candi sugar rather than the Brun Fonce that comes with the kit. I hope that this helps!
What is the ideal fermentation temp range for this beer?
S A on Nov 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The optimum temperature is set by the yeast. The optimum temperature for Wyeast 1762 is 65-75 degrees.
Is it necessary or beneficial to re-pitch yeast before bottling?
A shopper on Oct 16, 2017

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