Belgian Dark Strong Ale Recipe - 3 Phils

Recipe Info

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3 Phils

by on
All Grain + Extract
5.5 Gallon(s)
7 Gallon(s)
75 min
75%
It's dark beer, a Quadrupel, called the Three Philosophers. Ommegang's website says the following "Cynics can't believe it, Epicures hail it a sensation, and Pythagoreans just can't add up what makes this luscious blend of rich malty ale and cherry lambic so delightful. It might be the flavor of dark chocolate and cherry cordials; it could be the way it acquires wisdom and grace in the cellar. Maybe it's a conundrum. What's your theory? The essence of wonder is a unique and masterful blend of strong malty ale and authentic Belgian Kriek. Our philosophers deduce that this powerful marriage of cherries, roasted malts, and dark chocolate will only achieve more wisdom and coherence as it broods in the dark recesses of your cellar.

Fermentables

48% - Liquid Malt Extract - Light - US
6.6
35
4
Extract
24% - Liquid Malt Extract - Munich - US
3.3
35
8
Extract
7% - Flaked Wheat - US
1
35
2
Steep
7% - CaraMunich - BE
1
34
56
Mash
2% - Chocolate Malt - US
0.33
34
350
Mash
11% - Corn Sugar (Dextrose) - US
1.5
46
0
Late

Hops

Northern Brewer
1
Pellet
Boil
75 min(s)
9
23.7

Yeast

Fermentis Safbrew Abbaye
82%

Other Stuff

Yeast Nutrient
1.5
tsp
Boil
Whirlfloc Tablet (Crushed)
1
each
Boil

Mash Steps

No mash steps in this recipe

Special Instructions

1.
Heat 5 quarts of water to 160 degrees
2.
Place specialty crushed specialty grains in bag and steep for 30 minutes. Remove grain bag and let drain into wort.
3.
Add enough water to make 7 gallons and begin to heat.
4.
Thoroughly stir in liquid malt extracts, making sure they do not rest on bottom and caramelize.
5.
Bring to boil. Add hops in hop bag. Boil for 60 minutes.
6.
At 60 minutes into boil, stir in dextrose, yeast nutrient and crushed whirfloc tablet. Boil for 15 minutes. (75 minutes total)
7.
Remove from heat, whirlpool, chill to 68 degrees and transfer to fermenter. (5.5 gallons)
8.
Pitch yeast. Ferment at 65-68 degrees for 2 weeks.
9.
Move to sanitized secondary (at least 6 gallons in size).
10.
Add 1 bottle (750 ml) Lindeman Kriek lambic beer. (Cherry flavoring may be substituted for Kriek but will not have the same wild lambic taste profile)
11.
Secondary ferment at least 2 weeks at 65-68 degrees.
12.
Mix 5 oz priming sugar with 2 cups water. Boil gently for 15 minutes. Add to sanitized bottling bucket.
13.
Siphon beer onto/into sugar solution in bottling bucket. Do not pour to avoid introducing oxygen.
14.
Bottle in sanitized bottles - Cork and cage is best as beer is high gravity.
15.
Age several weeks to months.

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Recipe Facts

3 Phils
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • 5.50 Gallons Liters Batch Size
  • 7.00 Gallons Liters Boil Size
  • 75  min Boil Time
  • 1.085 OG
  • 1.015 FG
  • 23.7 IBU (tinseth) Bitterness
  • 0.28 BG:GU
  • 19.4° SRM Color
  • 75% Efficiency
  • 9.0% ABV Alcohol
  • 292 per 12oz Calories
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