Elixir of Antwerp Belgian Pale Ale All Grain Recipe Kit

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Modeled after the famous pale ale brewed in the East Flanders region of Belgium, Elixir of Antwerp will alleviate your craving for a delicious Belgian-style ale without the high alcohol content of some styles. Grainy, slightly sweet Pils malt, rich caramel, and prominent biscuit flavors coalesce with spicy, floral hop character and is bolstered by a unique Belgian yeast strain to create a cure-all of a beer that will surely satisfy.

Brewing Notes:

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • Fermentation Range: 67-70°F
  • Original Gravity: 1.050
  • SRM: 9
  • IBU: 25
  • ABV: 5.0%

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Firm malt aroma with undertones of sweet caramel and biscuit. Low to moderate spicy and floral hop notes with prominent yeast-driven esters and low phenols.
  • Appearance: Vivid amber color topped with a slightly off-white dense foam head.
  • Flavor: Bready malt base with nuances of sweet caramel and toasty biscuits. Moderate bitterness with a soft floral hop flavor. Moderate yeast derived esters with low phenolics. No sweet alcohol notes.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth character, no alcohol warming. Medium carbonation with a pleasant finish.

 

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SKU

B11793 - Unmilled
B11794 - Crushed

Original Gravity

1.050

Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style Belgian
Alcohol Content Medium
Beer Style Belgian Ale, Belgian Pale Ale
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions
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Notes from Brad, Northern Brewer Head Brewer:

“What is otherwise a fairly straightforward pale ale recipe gains a big flavor twist from a unique Belgian yeast strain. Thought to originate from a brewery in Antwerp, Belgium famous for their benchmark Belgian Pale Ale, this yeast strain brings complex but gentle esters and just a hint of phenolic character. These traits make it easily identifiable as a Belgian yeast strain, just on a more subtle level. To capture all the glory of this yeast strain, I highly recommend opting for the Omega Belgian Ale DK yeast. While you will still get good results with the dry yeast option, the flavor profile of this recipe is really driven by the specific liquid yeast strain. Try to keep the temperature pretty tightly regulated with this yeast, as it produces its classic flavors in a pretty narrow temperature range of 67 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t worry if you are a few degrees off, it will still produce a fantastic beer.

As far as the grain bill and hop additions go, it is a pretty typical looking pale ale, but with European influences. Belgian pilsner malt (for the all-grain version) lends a great grainy and slightly sweet and bready character, while the Caramunich II and dash of Biscuit malt create layers of flavor from deep caramel and slight raisin to, well, um, biscuit. Utilizing noble hops in this recipe really helps to round out the classic flavor profile with notes of earthy spiciness and subtle floral tones. Perhaps the flameout addition is a little large and possibly a bit out of style, but the floral and spicy flavors it creates complements the yeast character fantastically. The flavor of Antwerp is at your fingertips!”

Customer Reviews

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Not sure what happened

It could be me but this is the only batch I've ever made that I had to dump. I think I should have used two packets of yeast. It came out sweet and was tough to carb up like it didn't ferment all the way after 18 days and with no gravity change for a couple days. I put the specs in my brewing app afterwards and it calls for 2 packets of yeast or I could have rehydrated the single packet to reach the cells needed for the batch. Or it could be something I did.

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scott m.
Antwerp Belgian Pale Ale

The recipe is good although it didn't impress. I'm still hopeful it will mature in a few weeks. I was not able to maintain strict temperature control of the fermentation so that might be why it's not great.

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Steve K.
Perfect recipe for a Belgian!

I'm a big fan of Belgian beer, so much so that I went to Belgium. This kit is very true to the style and quite drinkable. The yeast makes the difference. I added a pound of sugar to kick up the ABV (that's just what I do) and am really enjoying this.

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Tim M.
Just as advertised.

This made a really good beer. Easy to make, easy to drink. I’ll be making this one again.

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Elixir of Antwerp Belgian Pale Ale All Grain Recipe Kit

Elixir of Antwerp Belgian Pale Ale All Grain Recipe Kit

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
50%
(2)
25%
(1)
25%
(1)
0%
(0)
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D
DDub
Not sure what happened

It could be me but this is the only batch I've ever made that I had to dump. I think I should have used two packets of yeast. It came out sweet and was tough to carb up like it didn't ferment all the way after 18 days and with no gravity change for a couple days. I put the specs in my brewing app afterwards and it calls for 2 packets of yeast or I could have rehydrated the single packet to reach the cells needed for the batch. Or it could be something I did.

s
scott m.
Antwerp Belgian Pale Ale

The recipe is good although it didn't impress. I'm still hopeful it will mature in a few weeks. I was not able to maintain strict temperature control of the fermentation so that might be why it's not great.

S
Steve K.
Perfect recipe for a Belgian!

I'm a big fan of Belgian beer, so much so that I went to Belgium. This kit is very true to the style and quite drinkable. The yeast makes the difference. I added a pound of sugar to kick up the ABV (that's just what I do) and am really enjoying this.

T
Tim M.
Just as advertised.

This made a really good beer. Easy to make, easy to drink. I’ll be making this one again.