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Title: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: jamminbrew on February 02, 2014, 07:25:28 PM
I recently kegged my most recent variation of a golden strong ale.  Pulled a sample today, and despite a low carbonation (still has a little time to set under pressure) it tasted pretty good. Banana and pear esters, with a low floral/herbal hop presence. A touch of peppery phenols. Taste is the same, fruity and peppery, with a very low hop flavor, and a sweet malty background, that reminds me of uncooked bread dough. Medium mouthfeel.
My thinking is to dryhop with an ounce or two of Nelson Sauvin... Think that would pair well with the very forward banana and pear flavor/aroma?
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: erockrph on February 02, 2014, 07:47:32 PM
I'm normally a huge proponent of dry-hopping with Nelson, especially if you want to tweak a style that isn't normally dry-hopped. But I'm picturing a big clash in a BGS. Nelson is potent, and I'd be afraid that the grapefruit and white wine character wouldn't be such a good fit. But I've never tried it, so if you use a light hand it may turn out fantastic for all I know.

I love Caliente in dark Belgians. The plum note pairs amazingly with Special B, D-180, WY1762, etc. For a lighter Belgian I'd be tempted to use Meridian, which is more on the peach/apricot side of stone fruit with less citrus than Caliente. Safe choices would be noble hops like Hallertau, Tettnang, Styrian Goldings. Sterling is another noble-type hop that has a bit more fruit as well.

Whatever you decide to go with, please report back with your results!
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 02, 2014, 07:56:06 PM
+1.  As much as I love Nelson in Saison or IPA, I don't totally see it in this style. That doesn't mean a little couldn't work though. Aside from the obvious true noble hops, +1 to Sterling - sort of a fruitier Saaz.
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: jamminbrew on February 03, 2014, 02:24:13 PM
Thanks, guys. Nelson Sauvin is one hop I'm not familiar with yet, so I appreciate your input. Think I'll save it for the pale ale I have planned...
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: erockrph on February 03, 2014, 06:14:06 PM
Thanks, guys. Nelson Sauvin is one hop I'm not familiar with yet, so I appreciate your input. Think I'll save it for the pale ale I have planned...

You won't go wrong there!
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: theoman on February 05, 2014, 01:19:32 PM
I think it depends on how sweet, malty and phenolic it is. I'm picturing a Duvel dry hopped with Nelson and I'm diggin' in.
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on February 05, 2014, 07:35:18 PM
I think it depends on how sweet, malty and phenolic it is. I'm picturing a Duvel dry hopped with Nelson and I'm diggin' in.

Duvel recently produced a version dry-hopped with Styrian, Saaz, and Hallertau (IIRC) - it was sublime.
Title: Re: Thoughts on a Belgian strong ale...
Post by: erockrph on February 06, 2014, 01:50:08 AM
I think it depends on how sweet, malty and phenolic it is. I'm picturing a Duvel dry hopped with Nelson and I'm diggin' in.

Duvel recently produced a version dry-hopped with Styrian, Saaz, and Hallertau (IIRC) - it was sublime.

Tripel hop is a fantastic beer. Original version was Saaz, Styrian Goldings, and Amarillo, then dry hopped with more Styrian. Last year they started featuring a new hop each year. 2012 was Citra and 2013 was Sorachi. Never got around to trying the Citra. The Sorachi was pretty nice, though.