Beer Style: Strong Ale Family

Big Horse Brewing Company’s McStallion Scotch Export Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I’m hoping to convince my husband to brew something other than the super bitter beers he likes. I normally just drink big red wines. This winter we were touring waterfalls


Belgian Dubbel

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by the numbers OG:1.062–1.075 (15.2–18.2 °P) FG:1.008–1.018 (2.0–4.6 °P) SRM: 10–17 IBU:15–25 ABV:6–7.6% I fondly remember my very first trip to Belgium. I was already passionate about homebrewing and great beer, and


Belgian Dark Strong Ale

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by the numbers OG:1.075–1.110 (18.2–25.9 °P) FG:1.010–1.024 (2.6–6.1 °P) SRM:12–22 IBU:20–35 ABV8–11% I used to hate judging the Belgian strong category in competitions. Long ago, so many of the beers were syrupy


Glacier BrewHouse’s Imperial Blonde Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I will be retiring as a Boeing 777 captain for a major package delivery company soon, and one fine establishment that was a regular stop for me was Glacier BrewHouse


Cooking With Tripel

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The Trappist tripel ale is a beautiful beverage. My first experience with a tripel was back in 1993 when I had generally been consuming mostly what could be found in the grocery


Brewing Belgian-Style Tripels

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Tripel is pale to golden in color, and strong (the BJCP guidelines list it as OG 1.075–1.085, and 7.5–9.5% ABV). However, three things keep it from seeming like a big beer — it’s


Pitching Enough Yeast

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“I used the packet of yeast that came with the kit.” “How old was that?” “A couple of years I think. It seemed to work okay.” The above exchange was part of


Brewing Strong Ales

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If you ask 10 different brewers to define “strong ale,” you will likely get 11 different answers. Brewers around the world have always made bigger, stronger ales for special occasions, for blending


Scotch Strong Ale

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Over the ages, the country of Scotland has been known for many things: proud clans, powerful warriors and some of the best malt beverages ever created. Skullsplitter is the model for this


Belgian Tripel

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OG = 1.065 to 1.095; FG = 1.013 to 1.020; IBU = 20 to 35; SRM = 3.5 to 6  Belgian tripel is a pale to deep gold beer with good clarity.


Chimay Cinq Cents clone

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Deep copper to light brown, fruity and rich, there just isn’t a better beer in the world than this Belgian Trappist ale. This is essentially an all-grain recipe, although there are some sugar adjuncts for higher alcohol content. The yeast is essential. I carefully saved the dregs from an entire six-pack of the White Label and a 22-oz. bottle of the Cinq Cents (which Michael Jackson says are the same thing) and built up to a half-gallon starter. Golden syrup is an English sweetener (increasingly easy to find here; check your gourmet bakery shop if your homebrew supplier isn’t carrying it yet), which is essentially invert sugar.


McZainasheff’s Wee

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Jamil Zainasheff provides BYO readers with a recipe for a smooth, easy-drinking, albeit heavy-hitting wee heavy. Buckle up!


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