Gyle #11 – Belgian Golden Strong

Being a fan of Belgian beers, I wanted to experiment with some new yeast strains. I’d heard that Wyeast 3522 Ardennes was a good strain for a range of Belgian styles, and was the same strain used by Brasserie d’Achouffe. A simple recipe was needed to showcase the yeast.

Recipe

SG: 1.067
IBU: 29
SRM: 7
FG: 1.015
ABV: 6.8%
Batch size: 21L

6kg Golden Promise
250g Munich Malt
250g Aromatic Malt

20g Nugget 13.2%AA @ 60 mins
10g Nugget 13.2%AA @ 10 mins

Mash @ 66C for 60 mins

Wyeast 3522 Ardennes

This was supposed to be a Belgian pale, rather than strong, and the original recipe called for 5kg of base malt. I managed to screw up the weighing and ended up with an unknown amount, at least 6kg. FG also ended up at 1.010, so the final ABV was 8.3%. It was also a little hot, so better fermentation control would have helped with that.

The flavours were great though, I really rate this yeast. The classic Belgian flavours were there, with some bready notes from the Munich and aromatic malts, and a little orangey flavour. I would like to refine this recipe (and measure the grain better next time) and get it spot on. It matured really well, and after 6 months the flavour had peaked. 2 months later and it had started to lose some of the character that made it so good at first.

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