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Jean Claude Van Darn | Belgian Golden Ale

Jean Claud Van Darn

Belgian Golden Ale – 5.5 Gal - OG 1.060 – FG 1.012 – ABV 6.2% - IBU 18 – SRM 4

Like all good recipes, this one started with a name, and recipe was built from there. This might seem like a backasswards way to create an official beer recipe – but we like to think of it like a writing prompt. The name gives us direction on where to take a new recipe. As we all know, Jean Claude is the famous Belgian kickboxer with the strong jawline and action hero chops from the 90s. He also does the splits really well. To commemorate such athletic prowess, we thought we’d brew a traditional Belgian style golden strong ale.

And boy oh boy did we ever brew a darn good strong golden ale. Dangerously smooth with great bready malt notes, balanced by the addition of noble hops and the Belgian style yeast from Escarpment labs. Classic Belgian flavours of banana, spice and bread make this complex, but also refreshing. Kumite!

In terms of production, this is an easy recipe to brew. The yeast – Wild Thing, is an easy-going yeast that can ferment safely between 18-25C, and despite its name it is NOT a sour/funk yeast.

Full Description and Instructions

Ingredients

Grains
  • Pilsner Malt x 7.0lbs
  • Wheat Malt x 3.0lbs
  • Flaked Wheat x 2.0lbs
  • Chit Malt x 1lb
  • Acidulated x 0.1lbs
Hops 
  • Hallertau - 0.5 oz @ 60 minutes 
  • Hallertau - 0.5 oz @ 30 minutes 
  • Styrian Golding - 1.0 oz @ 15 minutes
Yeast
  • Wild Thing (Escarpment Labs)
Extras (Must be purchased separately)
  • Irish Moss - 1 tsp w/15 minutes left in the boil
  • DME/Dextrose - 170g at bottling for priming
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