WLP545 Belgian Strong Ale - White Labs Yeast
From the Ardennes region of Belgium, this classic yeast strain produces moderate levels of ester and spicy phenolic character. Typically results in a dry, but balanced finish. This yeast is well suited for Belgian dark strong ales, abbey ales, and Christmas beers.
*NOTE:*During summer months, we include complimentary ice packs will all liquid yeast orders. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will stay frozen given transit times and particularly hot temperatures. For this reason, we recommend ordering dry yeast during summer months.
|Yeast Style||Belgian Ale|
|Min Fermenting Temp||66|
|Max Fermenting Temp||72|
This was a great yeast in both a big chocolate rye stout as well as a more conventional blonde ale. Had a decent amount of lag time in both, but once they got going, they went! The stout aged for three months and exhibited more phenols where the blonde was a faster brew that developed a significant amount of bubblegum esters along with the spicy phenols. Neither were as big as I have experienced in some Belgian beers, but both beers turned out excellently in my opinion! Unfortunately I do not use it often enough, so I will order it again.
This yeast produces big, spicy, phenolics that perfectly compliment the dark fruit, toffee, and chocolate notes of Dark Belgian Beers.It is a powerful fermentor, dropping to terminal gravity in 3-5 days (depending on the OG). It is not too big a top-cropper, and even really big beers don't usually require a blow-off tube if there's a bit of head-space in the fermentor.I've won a number of awards for a Dubbel that I brew with this yeast and I'm convinced it's the spicy phenolics that causes by beer to stand out.