Living in Belgium in the Catholic Hemisphere, I plan on brewing a low alcohol beer for a communion party - obviously for the parents - so they don't get whacked on Duvel after half an hour. Now most of them only like traditional Belgian beers, so hop-forward or roasty beers are out of the question. Some possibilities to brew are:
- Dortmunder with Mandarina Bavaria. They will probably like that but I already brewed that so yawn?
- Enkel. Basically a low alcohol version of the Westmalle Tripel (apparently there's five different hops in it!). I've never drunk the Westmalle Extra, maybe I'll have to make an excursion to the brewery first...
- Klein Kabouterke (Little Gnome). A low alcohol version of Chouffe (Pilsner, Amber Candi Sugar, Styrian, Saaz, Coriander, Belgian Ardennes). No idea whether that will be good.
- Kolsch - which I have never tried making. Not even sure what it tastes like. There's a recipe in the current BYO. Question: does it need to be lagered for a month or is there a turbo method like with lagers?