Trappist Single


The keg of Witbier is getting low so I took advantage of a nice, long weekend to brew up the beer that’s going to take its place.  Since the basement is still a little warm with our hot summer, another belgian beer seemed logical.  I wanted something that could be fermented in the mid 70’s and not too strong. I was reading about the single or Enkel that the Trappist breweries produce that are mostly for their own consumption and its sounded pretty delicious.  Russian River makes a beer in this vein, Redemption, but I wasn’t able to track any down before making this beer.  The new style guidelines have a section on Trappist Single, and I stayed pretty much in line with that stylistically, except my version is a touch darker than the guidelines say (8 SRM vs 5 SRM).

OG: 1.050
FG: 1.007
ABV: 5.6%
Mash: 150 (60 min)
Boil: 90 min.

Added: 2g Gypsum & 1.7g CaCl to Mash and 2.2g Gypsum & 1.9g CaCl to Sparge water

Water Profile:

Ca: 63
Mg: 1
Na: 8
So4: 75
Cl: 63
BiCarbonate: 10
Mash pH: 5.3

93.2% Pilsen Malt (Malteries Franco-Belges)
4.0% Melanoidin Malt
2.8% Special B

1.5 oz Hallertau (4.7%) 60 min.
1.5 oz Sterling (4.5%) 10 min.
2.0 oz Sterling (4.5%) 0 min.
2.0 oz Hallertau (4.7%) 0 min.

Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity

Made a 1.5 liter starter, larger than needed but the yeast from the shop was about 4 months old.  Pitched at 78 and brought temp down to 74 via ice bath after about 5 hours. Fermentation took off quickly and seemed mostly down after 2 days.  I’ve used this yeast strain before in a Dubbel, and loved the profile so I’m hoping for something similar in this beer.

Left in primary for 14 days and finished out at 1.007, just a touch drier that I was guessing.  86% attenuation.

Tasting notes – 10.26.14

Appearance: Golden with pretty good clarity and large white head. Retention is really good.

Aroma: Spicy, yeast esters with some herbal hop notes coming through.

Taste: Crisp with biscuit malt notes and spicy hop flavors coming in with classic spicy Belgian esters rounding out the taste. Ester profiles seems a little less intense that before, but that one was a bigger beer. No bitterness.

Medium: Medium – low with medium plus carbonation. Could even handle a bit more co2.

Overall: A really concise Belgian single. There is complexity but is also simple and easy to drink. Its nice to get all the esters but not have to drink a beer that is 7+ % in alcohol. All the aspects of the pint really work well together and this is a really nice change of pace beer to brew when the basement is a bit warmer in summer.

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