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Storm the Bastille Imperial Farmhouse Ale


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A rebellion against the traditional farmhouse ale, Storm the Bastille is an imperial brew for the ages. French Aramis hops make their debut with a siege of spicy, fresh-cut herbals, bolstering a heavier hop profile than the standard saison beer kit.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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A rebellion against the traditional farmhouse ale, Storm the Bastille is an imperial brew for the ages. French Aramis hops make their debut with a siege of spicy, fresh-cut herbals, bolstering a heavier hop profile than the standard saison beer kit.

Each sip reveals riotous layers of citrus and yeasty, earthy funk. Storm the Bastille makes its mark as one of our highest-ABV kits in history—unexpected for such a crisp, refreshing pint.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Storm the Bastille Imperial Farmhouse Ale Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBelgian
Original Gravity1094
Total Time to MakeNo
4.7 / 5.0
21 Reviews
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Whoa, caution required!
The beer was a delight to brew and taste very good. It's dry and fairly light in body. WATCH OUT. This is a sledgehammer. Do not drink this beer and expect to drive, swim, mow the lawn, operate heavy machinery, or even walk or talk in a coordinated fashion. This is chair beer. It's guaranteed to make your next family reunion far more standable, particularly if you drink it yourself.
April 20, 2015
Overwhelming when young, delicious with age
Re: @Matt in NapaThis is a huge recipe, and a wonderful beer that requires a bit of patience. Let it age a bit.If you drink this fresh, its an overwhelming experience, and the booze and hops are foremost. The flavors start to really balance at about 3-4 months in the bottle, and the beer is absolutely phenomenal at about 6-9 months old. I just had the first one of these in a while and was blown away by everything: aroma, appearance, head retention, and flavor. I really, really like this beer!
January 20, 2016
This beer is just that, WOW. wanted to save some for a while, but I kegged it by mistake......and it was gone, no one could keep their grubby hands off of it. going to brew again and again, but bottlling next time to let it sit and mature
September 1, 2016
In a word - delicious!
This is my 12th brew and I have to say it could be my favorite one yet. I opted for a Wyeast 3711 French Saison starter and the fermentation was extremely vigorous for the first 2 days (needed blowoff). The FG got down to 1.006 (pretty dry and crisp) and resulted in a 11.2% brew that is very smooth with a definite kick at the end. After two of these you are very buzzed. After three, you are drunk. Haven't had an occasion where anyone has drank more than three yet! The dry hops really help to balance out the strong alcohol finish, and that is smoothing out more and more as the bottles age. I added the full 5 oz of bottling sugar as well as a re-hydrated US-05 at bottling time because of the alcohol and 6 week secondary and every bottle was carbed beautifully after only a week at about 75-80 F. Anyway, this one is great and I recommend you do it!
July 28, 2015
What a kit!
I brewed this kit at the end of March 2016 in preparation for Christmas. The brewing process was easy to follow, but this is a big beer and you must take great care when going through the process. Made a 2L starter to make sure the yeast is healthy and plentiful. The yeast (French Saison yeast) is a BEAST. It took the FG down to 1.009 from 1.085. After bottling, I let it sit until August until I cracked one (I was concerned about carbonation...no need to worry). It was good, but definitely needed more time age. By the time Thanksgiving hit (couldn't wait) it was even better. By Christmas, this was the best beer I have ever had. The flavors blended well, it did not taste overly boozy, and it was smooth. Nice white head and aromatic. Everyone that had one wanted more. Will brew again...Christmas 2017.
January 10, 2017
Storm the Bastille Farmhouse Ale
Completely unique brew. Spectacular texture, and if you get the ABV up high you will not be put off by the alcohol notes, they are hardly noticeable between all of the complex flavors put forward by the hops and yeast. Before dry hopping, this Belgian style has a lot of fruit character, and an outstanding nose. I might bottle my next batch without the dry hops. With the dry hops the texture and power of a Belgian is all there, with a medium hoppy finish that falls right into place with Americans that obsess over IPAs and hop forward beers. Good head, amazing color, if you don't love the taste of this powerful ale you might just enjoy staring at it for a while in the glass and it will all have been worth it just for that.

Pitched 3 x Danstar Belle Saison dry yeast, rehydrated. ABV 10.84%. Big, bold and chewy.
Pitched 3 x Danstar Belle Saison dry yeast, rehydrated. ABV 10.84%. Big, bold and chewy.
March 10, 2017
8 months ago
Great Beer......and boooozy!
This was recommended by a co-worker who brews on a much larger scale than my 5-6 gallon batches. Was looking for something to imitate my favorite Saison which is only offered once a year at my local brewpub and this comes really close to it. Definitely boozy, my ABV came out to 11.03% and as others mentioned if you have 2-3 of these, you'll be feeling quite nice. This was also my first beer that I kegged and I'm very happy with the results. If you are going to keg I'd suggest getting one of the Stainless Steel filters to go over the bottom of your dip tube or you'll clog your dip tube or poppet with hop pieces (especially if you didn't dry hop in a bag). All around great beer, nice head on it, and will definitely brew it again.
August 6, 2015
Awesome Beer!
Had to add yeast after bottling, would not carbonate due to high alcohol content and extended time in secondary, vacation in Cancun! Opened every bottle and added measured amout of rehydrated Sa-05. After 2 weeks carbed up nicely. Now after 4 weeks in bottle beer is phenomenal! Belgian with a wonderful sweet flavor and a wicked buzz from 10% ABV. Nice Belgian nose with bananas and cloves. Head is thin but maintains until the last sip. This beer is a sipper, as it warms the flavors open up to reveal Carmel and nutty malts. This beer requires patients but it is well worth the effort. Add yeast at bottling to ensure carbonation and you will be rewarded with a truly unique beer.Prost!Tom
Amazing Beer!...With BRETT
I can't comment on how this beer is with the recommended yeast, but I can say that it made an amazing beer with brett. My local brew store (CO Brew) started selling Inland Island yeast and I picked up a culture of the CO Brew exclusive Brett Blend. I fermented the full 5 gallons pitching a rehydrated pack of Danstar Belle Saison along with the CO Brew Brett Blend, then I split the batch into two 3 gallon carboys, one I just left alone for a month, the other I pitched a pack of Bootleg Biology Sour Weapon and raised the temp up to 77F. Nothing happened in that one for a month then a nice bubbly pellicle began to form and I have not touched it yet. The other half I bottled and it is one of the most amazing brett beers I have had, mildly funky, and very fruity! Aftertaste tastes like strawberries. Smells very fruity and a little barnyardy, but the high abv is masked very well. I bought a second kit and I am going to do the full 5 gallons the same. Unfortunately, unless you are in Denver, you won't be able to replicate this because of the local blend of Brett I used, and they don't disclose what strains are in it! Ha!
April 8, 2017
7 months ago
Great Beer!
Ended up being 10.24% ABV. I bottled and it def gets better with time. I am very critical of my beer and I am pretty pleased with this one (very rare occurrence). Very drinkable and not harsh for the alcohol percentage. Visually it looks like dirt water. very cloudy dirt brown but it tastes very good. Everyone I have shared it with has said this is the best beer I have done. I would def recommend this to anyone.
January 28, 2017
1 year ago
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how is the us-05 yeast added before bottling? And how does this not cause the bottle to explode
Ray W on May 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi there! The yeast needs to be added to the wort, after it has cooled from the boil, in your sanitized primary fermentation vessel. Yeast should NOT be added directly to the bottles for fermentation as this would likely create the bottles to explode.

Fermentation will take approximately 1-2 weeks to complete in your primary vessel. After fermentation is complete, you can then safely bottle or transfer to a sanitized secondary fermenter such as a carboy few more weeks.

When you are ready to bottle, you will need priming sugar to "feed" the yeast still suspended in the beer to carbonate in the bottle. Directions for use of the priming sugar can be found on the package. You should be able to enjoy your beer approximately 2 weeks after bottling!

Hope this helps - cheers!
Very new to brewing, so bear with me if this doesn't make sense... I am planning on using rehydrated Danstar Belle Saison Dry Yeast for this brew. I have been trying to research proper pitch rates for a beer with such a high OG (I have come up low on my OGs and high on my FGs with my two previous batches), and I'm coming up with anywhere between 350-470 billion cells for a 5-5.5 gallon wort. My question is this: Is it as simple as just using two (or more) packets of this yeast to get the gravity readings where they need to be?
S X on Jan 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used a yeast starter and two packs of the dry Belgian yeast in my kit, which I brewed last week. Its still in the fermenter-will take a FG reading next Monday before I transfer to secondary. I'm hoping that with that much yeast involved---that I will hit the abv projected. I'm still new to all this as well--but having fun with the experimenting. We still get to drink our mistakes! Cheers!
Can you add more wyeast 3711 yeast in secondary does it make a difference with taste or does it increase alcohol content?
A shopper on Jan 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I got more complements from craft beer lovers and non craft beer lovers alike with this kit than I got from anything else I have ever made. I followed the directions exactly. Ended at 9.3% with a very unique and enjoyable flavor. Two 22oz bottles and you are feeling really good. Worth the $$.
I brewed this beer and let it go through an extensive primary and secondary. I bottled with about 3.75 oz of corn sugar (your website suggested amount), and waited about 4 weeks to taste. The beer is very flat, and tastes like the draw in my secondary after fermentation. I uncapped a few bottles and tried using your "fizz drops" then recapped the bottles. I waited a little over a month and no change in taste or carb. What can I do to save this almost $60 beer kit? Should I pop the tops and add a small amount of dry yeast to each bottle? If so, how much? I usually have Safale-05 on hand from you guys, would this be ok to use in a high abv beer if that's the solution?

Matthew P on Dec 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When it comes to bottle carbing, there are a lot of factors in play. It can be hard to nail down exactly what's going on! It could be as simple as a bad seal on the caps. Mainly though it's about the yeast, and giving the yeast a good environment to work in--warmer is better. But serving conditions also play a role as well (serving colder is better)

Usually, the first solution people try is to simply give the bottles more time to sit. It can be a good idea to swirl the bottles a bit to get the yeast off the bottom and back into suspension. It can also be a good idea to move the bottles to a warmer place--this will make the yeast more active. In a week or two, in a warmer place, you might see some serious improvement.

To avoid this in the future, it is a good idea to ensure your bottles are capped securely. Good aeration on brew day ensures healthy yeast, which can help with carbonating later on.

For this, I'd wait a week or two to see if that improves it, maybe even move them somewhere warmer, and get the beer is pretty cold before serving. I'm not sure that I'd bother with adding yeast to the bottles; it would be so hard to measure such a small amount. Instead, we do have a kit replacement guarantee, if you can't get it carbed, I can simply mail out a replacement.


First off I`ve had some farmhouse ales in the past and I`ve really enjoyed them. I looked up the hops list and see that the first hops you add is 1 oz. Nelson Sauvin at 60 min. That has an acid % of 10+. So the question is, is this a very bitter tasting beer?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: no the malt and hops work well balances
I received this kit as a gift and it came with the dry yeast pack. I read that high OG beers (this will be my first high OG beer) you will need a yeast starter, but dry packed yeasts don't work well in a yeast starter. So my question is am I ok with just pitching the dry yeast or should i buy a second pack?
Gregory C on Dec 25, 2015

The easiest fix would be to pitch extra yeast. If you would like more info on a yeast starter (and the reason against starting dry yeast), here's a good resource:



What is the approximate ABV when this is done?
A N on Jul 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The ABV on that beer will be around 10-11%.

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