Oatmeal Belgian Pale Ale

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Bill Schneller thinks the best approach to brewing Belgian beers is to not be a slave to the guidelines. Most Belgian-style beers are yeast driven, with malt and hops playing supporting roles. Schneller says adding fully fermentable sugar to the boil is essential to making a high-gravity beer that’s still dry and crisp. This recipe is a great example of how experimenting with malts and hops can still produce a beer that fits loosely into the Belgian guidelines. Flaked oats give it a smooth finish, while noble hops and yeast bring out the Belgian characteristics.

This recipe was originally featured in “Belgian-style Brews: Tricks of the Trade” by Bill Schneller in the January/February 2005 issue of Zymurgy. 

Oatmeal Belgian Pale Ale | Belgian Pale Ale


  • For 5 gallons (19 L)
    • 9.0 lb. (4.09 kg) Pilsener malt
    • 2.0 lb. (0.9 kg) Vienna malt
    • 1.0 lb. (0.45 kg) flaked oats
    • 0.75 lb. (340 g) corn sugar (added to kettle)
    • 1.0 oz. (28 g) Hallertauer hops, 4.5% a.a. (60 min.)
    • 1.0 oz. (28 g) Saaz hops, 3.5% a.a. (30 min.)
    • 0.5 oz. (14 g) Saaz hops, 3.5% a.a. (10 min.)
    • Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity yeast


    • Original Gravity: 1.067
    • Final Gravity: 1.013
    • ABV: 7.1%
    • IBU: 30
    • SRM: 4
    • Boil Time: 90 minutes


    Mash at 150°F (66°C) for one hour. Mash out at 168°F (76°C). Sparge with 168°F (76°C) water to collect 7 gallons (26.5 liters). Boil 90 minutes. Cool to 70°F (21°C) and pitch yeast (in a starter).