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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.

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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
22 Reviews
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Awesome beer
Fermentation was completed in the Vessi. I did not complete the recipe 100% (didn’t dry hop) and it was still very good. I did a very rough abv conversion and it was 9.8% That being said, I’d recommend handing over your keys if you decide to have more than one.
November 26, 2017
7 months ago
Great flavor and delicious
Very heavy ale that tastes light but full. The flavors are much stronger earlier and will mellow out as it ages. Two weeks after bottling will taste very different (stronger) than 3 months.
April 12, 2017
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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
1 year 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
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
Good beer
Great kit. Fun to brew and very strong.vjust don't drink to much
January 5, 2017
1 year ago
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
Explosion beer
This dam thing exploded in my closet and I thought I was gonna throw it away. Well, BM told me to keep it. Said "It looks like I had a fermentation explosion. HELLO!!! I had to clean shit up. I have a long wait. It's only 1 week old.
July 23, 2016
Have yet to brew!
If it turns out as good as northy12 and mutts nutts porter it will be another fine product
June 17, 2016
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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!
I brewed this yesterday, and I’m planning ahead. Do I need different bottles (e.g.,350 ml or 750ml bottles)? Should I cork and bale? I do plan on letting it bottle condition for quite a while.
A shopper on Jan 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I bottled it in regular 12 oz bottles with caps and let it sit for about 2 months before having the first one and it worked out great. I'm still conditioning some in the bottles and after about 9 months and they are still as delicious as ever
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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