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Batch Size (gallons)5.5
Efficiency74%
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style18A. Belgian Blond Ale
Original Gravity1.068
Final Gravity1.010
ABV7.61% (basic)   /   7.63% (advanced)       [what's this?]
IBU30.4
Color5.9 SRM
Boil Time90 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP530 (Abbey Ale)

Fermentables
NameAmtPctSRM
Pilsner (2 Row) Belgian11 lbs81.9%2
Munich Malt1 lb 1 oz7.9%9
Table Sugar (Sucrose) 12 oz5.6%1
Biscuit Malt 6 oz2.8%23
Melanoiden Malt 4 oz1.9%20

Hops
NameAmtTimeAlphaIBU
Styrian Goldings (Boil)1.55 oz605.4%23.4
Saaz (Boil).81 oz304%6.9

DirectionsMash @ 158 degrees F for 60 minutes.

Fermentation
notes
Ferment @ 66 degrees F.  Leave in primary for 3-4 weeks, then bottle.

Tasting
notes
This beer is supposed to be a clone/version of the commercial Leffe Blonde ale, and it hits extremely close to the mark.

The flavor has a pleasant graininess to it, with some nice - but not overstated - fruitiness, along with some peppery spiciness.  Body is surprisingly light for the mash temperature.  Each sip starts off fairly sweet before giving way to a moderately dry finish.

This is a wonderful "compromise" beer - non craft beer drinkers won't be overwhelmed by powerful "dark" flavors, but even a refines beer palate will be able to enjoy the complex flavor of this beer.

The author states that this beer lends itself very well to fruiting (particularly to strawberries or peaches), but quite honestly, this is an outstanding beer as is. 

This is another of my personal "house" beers - it should always be kept on hand.

CreditsThis is the very popular Revvy's Belgian Blonde (Leffe clone) recipe, by Revvy of homebrewtalk.  The only changes are scaling to my batch size and brewhouse efficiency, as well as some minor rounding. 

I can unequivocally state that this is an amazing beer.






This all grain Belgian Blond Ale homebrew recipe was submitted by homebrewdad.