Belgian Specialty Ale Beer Recipes

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Chess with Checkers

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This beer recipe is featured in the January/February 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Erich Purcell, 2019 GABF Pro-Am Competition, with Ross Koenigs of New Belgium Brewing Co.

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Summer Cloud Belgian IPA

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Tom Beach of Rocky River, OH, member of the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #17: Specialty IPA with a Belgian IPA during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Beach’s Specialty IPA was chosen as the best among 475 entries in the category. Read More

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Chimay Dorée Clone

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This recipe is featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Check out all the benefits our members enjoy.

This Belgian-style recipe is courtesy of Amahl Turczyn with a variation by Kurt Elia. If you've never had the chance to try the Chimay Dorée Trappist Ale brewed by Belgium's Scoutmount Abbey, this is your opportunity to bring it home!

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Belgian and French Ale

Ozark Beer Co. Belgian Golden Ale

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Ozark Beer Co. brews this traditional Belgian-style golden ale with pilsen malt and noble hops that lend aromas of apples and pears. The perfectly timed hop additions makes it a light, dry and very refreshing homebrew.

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Belgian and French Ale

Ladyface Ale Companie La Grisette

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Ladyface Ale Companie brews their award-winning Belgian, French and American ales in the Agoura Hills of California. La Grisette is a thirst-quenching Belgian farmhouse ale akin to saison, which took silver in the 2018 Las Angeles International Beer Competition.

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Fossil Cove Brewing La Brea Brown

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Fossil Cove Brewing Co. in Fayetteville, Ark. is named after a fossil-laden cove nestled on the shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains. Here’s their recipe for a Belgian-style brown ale brewed with coriander.

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Ommegang Abbey Clone

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A deliciously complex dark Belgian ale, Ommegang Abbey bursts with dark fruit and malt aromas, gingerbread spice, a pineapple fruitiness, and a subtle but powerful alcohol warmth. Culturing the house yeast strain will give you the most authentic results, especially at the temperature specified, but a pure culture strain also works well. The caramel red malt, Special B, Belgian chocolate, and dark candi sugar all conspire to produce the deep reddish tint and velvety beige head of this luxurious ale. It takes several weeks of conditioning to attain the proper level of carbonation and dryness in the beer, so be patient—it is well worth it. This recipe was originally featured in the July/August 2008 Zymurgy written by Amahl Turczyn. Read More

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Harvest Ale Saison

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Vince Turley and father and son duo Bill and Gill Gould of Team Beer Treader took home first place in the 2008 Iron Mash Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, with their Harvest Ale Saison recipe brewed with bitter orange and yarrow. This recipe can be found in the January/February 2009 Zymurgy.

Their team name was inspired from C.S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and their goal was to set out on a quest to find a new and exciting beer recipe. It's safe to say their quest was a great success! They gambled on the Dupont Saison yeast from White Labs (WLP-565) in this competition, partly because of a Zymurgy article they read focusing on Saisons, and partly because of their will to just go for it.

The beer has a noticeable orange/citrusy aroma that's nicely balanced with some peppery notes, probably both from the yeast as well as the late hop addition. The beer is crisp, clean and effervescent, with a dry, almost tart finish. Give this saison recipe a shot!

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Stairway to Heaven Belgian Specialty Ale

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Ever wish you could taste your homebrew recipe on tap at your favorite pub, but aren't quite ready to give up your day job for a pair of rubber boots and a malt shovel? Well, a little less than a decade ago, a few lucky homebrewers in the Puget Sound participated in a Pro-Am competition, otherwise known as a collaborative competition between amateur and pro brewers.

In this recipe, homebrewers Rodney Clark and Colin Lenfesty teamed up with Big Horn Brewery in Kent, Wash. to create a delicious Belgian specialty ale with a spicy nose accented by coriander, grains of paradise, and a touch of ginger.

This recipe was originally featured in "Homebrew-Gone-Pro: Puget Sound Pro-am" by Gary Glass in the January/February 2008 issue of Zymurgy

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Kalyke Blonde

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An award-winning blonde ale with its easy-drinking, slightly malty, and clean qualities, the Kalyke Blonde is a recipe by Scott Strain and Bobby Kros that was created for the Sower's Cup competition in 2015. The two gentlemen took home Best of Show with this simple, yet complex ale. The addition of rye grains gives this beer crisp and spicy aspects, while the customary Belgian yeast showcases the traditional, yeast-forward characteristics of Belgian ale.

The name Kalyke comes from a retrograde irregular satellite of Jupiter. This Belgian specialty ale certainly lives up to its name, representing itself at the Sower's Cup as a beer that is truly out of this world. The Kalyke blonde ale was featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Zymurgy .

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Spencer Brewery Trappist Ale

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The name of the game when brewing this Trappist-style ale from Spencer Brewery is balance. Brewed in Spencer, Mass., this beer is so perfectly put together that the final product is layered, complex, and keeps you wanting more. Focus on quality and precision when brewing this recipe and you won’t be disappointed!

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