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trappist weisse

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

as I sat in the lineup at el porto last week, I came to the realization that the impending summer months meant BBQ season was rapidly approaching.

  • a quick mental tally of my kegged beverage stockpile (IPA, stout, funky saison, wild patersbier, cider, mead) led me to realize that I was sorely lacking in approachable session beers.
  • since (unfortunately?) many guests of overcarbed’s HQ prefer something more “standard” (read: not funky, sour, hoppy, or dark) with their pulled pork, I had to come up with a quick solution.
  • after considering my prerequisites (kegged and ready to drink within a month, simple recipe, ingredients already on hand, light and sessionable), I kept coming back to EdWort’s elegantly simple bavarian hef recipe.  I stepped up the recipe to 11 gallons, adjusted for my efficiency, subbed in american wheat for german, and swapped out the wyeast 3068 for my patersbier slurry of WLP500:
    • 1.00 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 4.76 %
      13.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 61.90 %
      7.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 33.33 %
      1.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (45 min) Hops 9.5 IBU
      0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (15 min) Hops 1.7 IBU
      1 Pkgs Trappist Ale (White Labs #WLP500) Yeast-Ale
  • I dubbed this beer a “trappist weisse,” as a belgian strain was used, but no gruit-based spices were added, and the hops/malt are in line with a bavarian weisse.
  • a sprained knee during cleanup sidelined my brewday, so oxygenation and gravity calculations took a backseat to elevation and icing and AP helped clean up, move the fermenter, and pitch the slurry.  in two weeks the beer will be racked to kegs, and in two more this summer session wheat will be ready to go!

westvleteren blonde, 8, and 12

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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So a little over a year ago “a friend of mine” scored a hat trick while visiting Brussels on a honeymoon stop.  He rolled into one of the many bottle shops there and, in a crate tucked under a beer rack, uncovered a mixed case of westvleteren blonde, 8, and 12 bottles.  Anxious to try these fabled beers, he scooped them up and stuffed them in his wife’s suitcase, but upon reaching home he had a change of heart and donated his entire stash to me.  He wishes to remain anonymous for fear of monk retribution, as sale of these beers outside of the monastery is frowned upon.  A year later, I dug these guys out and cracked em open.

  • For those out of the loop, the Westvleteren story is an interesting one, the hotlink is definitely worth a quick read.
  • FYI, these beers, although surprisingly somewhat difficult to find in belgium, were spotted in several bottle shops in amsterdam, so if you are ever out there, it might be worth your while to go on a hunt.
  • the westvleteren blonde was great – a flavorful yet easily drinkable blonde without the spiciness i personally dislike from many belgian blondes.
  • the westvleteren 8 was a big surprise and my favorite of the bunch – big cola flavor that i love in quads, but this is a dubbel!  it reminded me of a smaller, super-drinkable rochefort 10.
  • the westvleteren 12 was awesome too – great complexity and unreal drinkability.  a great beer? yes.  one of my favorite quads? yeah, I guess.  worth the hype? maybe, but not at the prices these are going for on ebay.

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