Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

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Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby rats_eyes » Sat Oct 01, 2016 21:29

I wanted to come up with a sessionable belgian style beer. After re-reading Stan Hieronymous' "brew like a monk" I was intrigued by the description of Westmalle's "extra", brewed twice annually for the monks at the abbey. The beer has a starting gravity of 1.046, is hoppy and highly attenuated according to description in the book. I have never tried this beer, but thought this sounded like a good source of inspiration. Using this info and recipe information for Westmalle beers (including a Dubel clone i brewed a few years back). Here's the recipe I cam up with and brewed today.

4.26 kg Pilsen (Dingemans)
mashed at for 90minutes at 63c. No mashout.

90 minute boil
40.00 g Tettnang [2.20 %] - First Wort 90.0 min 12.3 IBUs
25.00 g Styrian Golding (Savinja Golding) [4.20 %] - First Wort 90.0 min 16.2 IBUs
15.00 g Saaz [2.70 %] - Boil 10.0 min 1.9 IBUs
15.00 g Saaz [2.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min 1.1 IBUs
15.00 g Saaz [2.70 %] - Boil 0.0 min 0.0 IBUs

White Labs #WLP530

Chilled to 17c before pitching yeast, will be fermented at a fairly steady 20c.
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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby robwalker » Sat Oct 01, 2016 21:32

Looks ace. Saaz is a beautiful hop in these kinds of beers.
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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby rlemkin » Sat Oct 01, 2016 21:36

Yas, yas, yas.

Have been contemplating a similar beer to this for a while, but went for a dubbel in the end. I was looking at a Westvleteren 6 clone, only difference was some simple sugar and a higher OG. I quite like some of the recipes here: http://www.candisyrup.com/recipes.html. Although as a candi syrup supplier they all have their products in them.
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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby serum » Sun Oct 02, 2016 04:40

The antwerp ale yeast will be out reasonably soon and that's great for easy drinking hoppy pales.

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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby rats_eyes » Sun Oct 02, 2016 08:13

Is the Answer yeast the one that you used for the pale I tried? That came out really nice.

My plan is to try to get a few generations out of this vial, so I'll be ramping up the abv over the next few brews.
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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby rats_eyes » Sun Oct 02, 2016 08:14

Answer = Antwerp! Predictive bloody text
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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby serum » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:05

Yes that's it. Definitely going to get it again this year and do some more pales with it. I want to make one like that special de ryck we tried at the beer festival.

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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby rats_eyes » Tue Nov 01, 2016 21:30

This one is in the bottle now. The yeast chewed it's way down to 1.004, so it's around 5.1% abv. Hopefully this will be in top condition for Xmas time
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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby Monte Cristo » Thu Mar 23, 2017 00:33

rats_eyes wrote:This one is in the bottle now. The yeast chewed it's way down to 1.004, so it's around 5.1% abv. Hopefully this will be in top condition for Xmas time

How did this turn out sounds an interesting brew? :hat:

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Re: Westmalle Extra inspired belgian pale

Postby rats_eyes » Thu Mar 23, 2017 09:11

It came out quite well. It's not a knockout, more of an everyday beer. I made another similar beer using a slightly different recipe (a mix of pilsner and pale malt with sugar added during the boil) which I think I prefer, though it's a close competition.
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