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Belgian Red Is The New Red

38672130982_e96aa84430_cAfter the Zoiglhaus beer, I had Belgian yeast to use and not a single idea what to do with it. So let’s go for a red ale!

There’s some roast coming up in the nose, which is offset by a some yeasty-sweetness. It makes for a more interesting start than I would’ve thought.

The beer finishes really spicy, almost like ginger. The midrange has a banana-like sweetness that is reined in by the malt and the yeast spice. It’s a pretty interesting beer and a solid one to have. There’s some nice complexities here that I could see going wrong in another beer-too much banana, the spiciness overwhelming things-but it’s working here. I’ll take it.

Brew date: 9/16/17

Steeping malts
5 lb Munich
1 lb Belgian biscuit
1 lb Special B
1 lb C40

Fermentables: 7 lb LME

1.5 oz Czech Saaz, 1 oz German Hallertau @60
.5 oz Czech Saaz, 1oz German Hallertau @7

Imperial Monastic (2nd use)

OG: 1.08

FG: 1.012

Secondary: 10/19

ABV: 9.2%

Finally, I’d just like to announce that I’m going to take the holidays off. It’ll give me some time to get some blog posts ready, try some cool beer, and otherwise just rest. Happy holidays everyone! Next post: January 3, 2018.

The Experiment part 5

The best part; the tasting.

belgain pialeThe Belgian pale has come out pretty nice. Pleasantly attenuated too; sugars eaten leaving me with a dryness at the end. The sweeter raisin flavors of the Golding hops come through the nose and there’s no hop aftertaste at all. The bubbly effect is similar to champagne, tiny perpetual bubbles that end up residing in the middle of my tongue, right where it crests when I press it against the bottom teeth and the upper corners of my mouth.

irish paleThe Irish pale is a different animal. The yeast aspect makes a tremendous difference; the effervescence is mellower, the head thin and what’s left of the nose doesn’t give me any scent at all, despite adding hops to secondary. Instead, I get sweetness much like the liquid malt I added initially so what I’m learning is that without some serious hops added to secondary or some encouraged bubbly, Golding hops added to secondary really don’t enhance the experience of drinking the beer. It’s also has a little harsher mouthfeel; the finish just isn’t quite as clean as the previous beer, is a little slicker and I’m just not sure that the malts added to this beer were conductive to improving the drinking experience.

If I was to learn anything from this, I’d say that something about your beer needs to be interesting; hops, malt or yeast, or an adjunct that affects flavors in an interesting way. It’s entirely possible that one could build a beer that is more than the sum of its parts, where the contributions of all the elements of a beer make it better than it would be but remove one of those parts and it collapses.