Pete Devaris of the Great Northern Brewers of Anchorage, Alaska, took home bronze in the Strong Belgian Ale category at the 2003 National Homebrew Competition with his “Walkin’ with the Man” recipe.
Similar to a Belgian pale ale in color, what sets the strong golden ale apart is it’s high alcohol content, which ranges from subtle, to spicy, to downright obvious. Expect a complex yet delicate ale with a big, billowy white head. The hop and malt characters vary from spicy to fruity, but your hop flavor and aroma will usually remain low and well balanced with a dry finish. You’ll need to wait a bit before sipping on this one, but you know what they say, good beer takes time.
Have a go at this medal winner, along with others, featured in the Winners Circle from the May/June 2004 Zymurgy magazine.
Walkin’ with the Man Strong Belgian Ale | Belgian Golden Strong Ale
- 10.0 lb (4.54 kg) Belgian pale malt
- 1 lb (0.45 kg) clear Belgian candi sugar
- 0.5 lb (.23 kg) Belgian wheat malt
- 1.0 oz (28 g) Northern Brewer whole hops (60 min)
- 1.0 oz (28 g) East Kent Golding whole hops (30 min)
- 2000 mL Saxon Belgian Clone ale yeast
- 2.0 tsp Wyeast yeast nutrient Belgian candi sugar (to prime)
- Original Gravity: 1.070
- Final Gravity: 1.003
- ABV: 8.8%
- SRM: 5
- Boil Time: 90 minutes
Mash grains at 154° F (68° C) for 60 minutes. Use glass for both the primary fermentation lasting 12 days at 68° F (20° C) and the secondary fermentation for 20 days at 68° F (20° C) in glass.
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