Fireside Belgian Strong Amber Ale - 1 Gallon Extract

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Fireside Belgian Strong Amber Ale - 1 Gallon Extract

Postby robwalker » Tue Sep 30, 2014 15:39

Another beer for those requiring a small amount of a strong, special beer. See my Imperial Black Saison topic for how to brew this using a 10L stockpot;

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This is a bottling day pic, but I already know it's a great beer so thought I would post. They're in storage until December.

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OG: 1.086
4.5L Batch

Dry Malt Extract - Light 1.0 kg 90 %
Sucrose (Table Sugar) 0.1 kg 10 %

Archer (UK) 20.0 g 40 min Boil Leaf 4.7%

Mangrove Jack's Belgian Ale Yeast M27

Predicted Stats

1.086 OG
1.007 FG
29 IBU
10.3% ABV
5 SRM
0.34 IBU/OG


Use any bittering hops you like, but lower alphas are better for low volumes. I only boiled for 40 minutes and it fell clear as a bell in no time at all. If I were to brew this again, I'd probably swap out some DME for white sugar because it's very full bodied and you probably want a drier finish on this one. Because of the small boil volume and large amount of DME, the wort caramelizes as it boils, so although you start pale, it'll probably take on a deeper amber by the time you're finished.

Put it away in cool storage for a few months before drinking.
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Re: Fireside Belgian Strong Amber Ale - 1 Gallon Extract

Postby robwalker » Sun Oct 05, 2014 18:16

(can someone move this to european ales please)
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Re: Fireside Belgian Strong Amber Ale - 1 Gallon Extract

Postby robwalker » Sun Oct 26, 2014 14:24

I cracked one open to test carbonation this weekend so it's probably had adequate time to see how it tastes.

It's too sweet. It has the body of a bloody big barleywine to the point of syrup sweetness, so if you do brew this recipe, use more sugar and less DME to dry it out. The hop flavour is also low, which is to style, but for something this sweet I would have preferred a 20 minute stage with some spicy or noble hops. I suppose the amount of malliard effect going on doesn't help either!

The fruit esters are wonderful. It's absolutely packed with plummy flavours and I've yet to be disappointed by M27 yeast, I would (and will) use it again for a big belgian. It still has some hot alcohol which should relax a bit by January or so.

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Re: Fireside Belgian Strong Amber Ale - 1 Gallon Extract

Postby mark1964 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 16:27

maybe if you leave it a while the sweetness will go. It did with our Belgian blond beers

ITS TIME 4 ANOTHER BEER
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Re: Fireside Belgian Strong Amber Ale - 1 Gallon Extract

Postby robwalker » Sun Feb 07, 2016 20:59

found one of these in the garage so cracked it open.

wow it's still quite sweet. no doubt maillard effect, but with quite a dry finish too. very fruity and full of caramel. interesting beer.
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