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Belgian Strong Ale
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:49:13 AM »
Hello!

What yeast would you recommend for fermenting a Belgian Strong Ale?

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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 10:39:23 AM »
I like WY3787, Trappist High Gravity for the few I have brewed.
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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2015, 10:41:22 AM »
Hello!

What yeast would you recommend for fermenting a Belgian Strong Ale?

You can use any of the following (plus White Labs equivalents):
1214 - Belgian Abbey
1388 - Belgian Strong Ale
1762 - Belgian Abbey II
3522 - Belgian Ardennes
3787 - Trappist High Gravity

You can also cultivate the yeast from a bottle of Westmalle tripel or Westy.

People in Belgium also make beer with dry yeast: s-33, t-58, and the new Safbrew Abbaye.
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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2015, 01:59:01 PM »
I like WY3787, Trappist High Gravity for the few I have brewed.

This is a good suggestion and is thought to be the Westmalle strain. Probably my favorite Belgian yeast strain. It produces a lot of "stone fruit" esters such as plum and cherry.

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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2015, 02:47:23 PM »
So far not too stellar reviews of Safbrew Abbey ale.
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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2015, 03:05:12 PM »
So far not too stellar reviews of Safbrew Abbey ale.

True, I would stay away from all dry yeasts here (caveat: though I'm Belgian I have no personal experience with brewing Belgian strong ales. I just buy them in the supermarket if I want them  :P).
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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2015, 04:41:24 PM »
Wyeast 3864 is my favorite (Canadian/Belgian = Unibroue's yeast). It is a limited-release strain that is only available once every year or two. Coincidentally, it should be out right now.
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Re: Belgian Strong Ale
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2015, 04:45:38 PM »
Hello!

What yeast would you recommend for fermenting a Belgian Strong Ale?

For a golden, I'd use WY1388.  For a dark, WY1762.  Although 3787 would work for either.
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