Bride Blonde – Belgian style blond ale

One of my first beers I made was our wedding beer, called Bride Blond. A typical Belgian style blond ale. The beer was a big success at our wedding so I decided it was time again to brew the same beer.

I have tried to brew a couple of Tripel and blond style beers in the mean time. However, after I got some comments back from the Danish beer judges (I sent in a beer for the DM i håndbryg competition), it was clear that I needed to change the malt types for the beers. The taste was too much caramel-like, as I used too much biscuit malt in the malt bill.

So that is why I went back to my Bride Blonde beer recipe. The malt bill for this beer is quite simple, only some pilsner malt with some malted oat and a little bit of munich malt as well. On top of this, I also added some light kandis sugar to get the correct alcohol percentage. For the hops, I used a mild bitter hop, Mittelfrüh, which has a nice delicate hop taste.

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On top of the simple malt bill and sugar, I also added some typical spices used in a lot of Belgian style beers: dried orange peel and koriander seeds.

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As usual, I used the Braumeister, my favorite brew system :-).

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I wanted to try 2 yeast types, that is why I brewed around 37-38 liter, so I could split the brew. The two yeast types I used were WLP 510 Bastogne Ale yeast and WLP 570 Belgian Golden Ale yeast. I wanted to see the difference between the two as the WLP 570 is more spicy and fruity while the WLP 510 is more clean in taste with a light acid after taste.

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After filling the wort in two fermentation buckets, I fermented the two different beers at 22 degrees Celsius. The fermentation took two weeks and then the beers matured for another week before bottling.

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The beers were bottled with some added glucose and went into the fermentation cabinet for another 2-3 weeks until it is completely ready. Now it is waiting to be tasted….

 

 

Flanders Tripel

After three months of not-brewing, it was time to dig up my brewing kettles from our work shop to brew a new golden liquid, called beer.
As my last brewing experiments were quite a success, I wanted to brew one of those recipes again: Flanders Tripel. I actually had to rename the former beer to Flanders Blond, but as my smart brother noticed that the beer was more a Belgian Blond style then a Belgian Tripel style. And right he was, as the alcohol level was too low for a Tripel, ‘only’ 6% v/v.

The new beer is brewed with barley malt, wheat malt and rhye flakes, like last time, but with a higher density. This time I used also another yeast: WLP500 TrappistAle yeast instead of WLP570 Belgian Golden Ale yeast. The WLP570 gave a too fruity taste in the former beer.
As hops I used Styrian Golding and Saaz, the classical ones for Belgian style beers.

My husband and me tasted the former batch of Flanders Blond and the beer looks beautiful with a very nice fruity and also a bit flowery taste:
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The beer is not clear, as quite a high ratio of wheat and rhye is used. The foam however is very stable. Very satisfying :-).

The new Flanders Tripel is still under fermentation:
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I am still very happy with my homemade fermentation closet. The temperature is very stable and the beer is fermented at 20 degrees Celsius.
Next step is bottling and refermentation in the bottle. Very exciting, because two-three weeks later we can taste the first new Flanders Tripel :-). Looking forward to that!

The best beers in Europe – according to Ratebeer

Interesting news from Ratebeer that last week released a series of Ratebeers Best 2014.
I was especially interested in the ‘Top 100 beers in the world’ series.
Only 18% of those beers originate from Europe, while 3% comes from Canada and the bulk 79% from USA.
This clearly indicates the predominance of American beers that are liked on Ratebeer. Strange that no Asian or Australian beers make it to the top though.

If we look a little closer to which beers are chosen in Europe as best beers, I am very proud to be a Belgian :-). Yep, 12 out of the 18 beers are Belgian, with Westveleteren 12 (XII) ranked first with the highest rating score. The most intruiging Belgian beers that made it to the top are, however, the series of De Struise Brouwers. Not less than 4 of the 12 Belgian beers are beers from this brewery! And according to the brewer, the brewery would have already gone down if he did not send an example beer to Ølbutikken in Denmark in 2004 to taste the beer. Exactly, that kick-started the succes of the De Struise Brouwers on an international level. Great to know :-), now I am also proud to live in Denmark, that by the way ranks as the second best country when it comes to top beers. 3 of the 18 European Top beers listed, are coming from Denmark, and from only two brewers: Mikkeller and To øl. And that makes sense, those are two of the leading brewers in the Danish brewery scene.

If you are curious who the other ones are, I listed them according to the rating score (weighted average):

 

Top beers in Europe - Ratebeer 2014

http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbeers-world2015.asp