I received a free packet of Danstar’s Belle Saison yeast at the 2014 American Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan last year. It has been sitting in the refrigerator because I’ve never been a huge fan of saisons. That changed after I recently brewed a 3 gallon batch just to use the yeast packet (good news: I have one more packet in the fridge).
I tapped the saison two weeks ago, and have served it at several events with lots of compliments. Although the yeast fully fermented and I ended up with a high ABV in the end (8.2% in fact, well outside a normal saison range), this beer is very tasty and makes it easy to go back to the kegerator for another. To be honest, when I first legged it and drew my first taste, the saison spice hit me and I began to think I was in trouble with this one; it didn’t appear to turn out how I had hoped.
After a quarter of a glass I realized I had a winner. It has aged well beyond then. The initial taste is bold and in your face, but once your pallet is primed, it is very drinkable. As you can see in the recipe, it is brewed with some honey (local Virginia honey in my case) and a bit of pepper to add the spice kick.
I’ve been alternating between full mash tun all grain and brew-in-a-bag (BIAB), and did this one as a BIAB.
Even if you are not a big fan of saisons, I would recommend you give this recipe a shot!
Note: mash at 148 for 60 minutes.
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|3 gal||60 min||36.3 IBUs||5.8 SRM||1.063||1.010||7.0 %|
|Pilsner (2 Row) Bel||5.185 lbs||71.68|
|White Wheat Malt||14.06 oz||12.15|
|Oats, Flaked||5.12 oz||4.42|
|Fuggle||0.25 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||4.3|
|Sorachi Ace||0.25 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||13|
|Fuggle||0.25 oz||30 min||Boil||Pellet||4.3|
|Fuggle||0.5 oz||15 min||Boil||Pellet||4.3|
|Black Pepper||0.80 tsp||5 min||Boil||Spice|
|Mash In||148°F||60 min|
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