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Undrinkable Trappist Ale

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Undrinkable Trappist Ale

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Beer Style: Belgian Golden Strong Ale  (18D)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Belgian Golden Strong Ale


I used the ingredients listed below to make a trappist ale. The recipe I followed was based on one in "Winner's Circle". Unfortunately, two months after bottling, the ale has an incredibly strong alcoholic kick to it, and is undrinkable. I realize the recipe calls for quite a bit of extract and honey, but shouldn't the ale be at least drinkable by now? Should I continue to let it age? Will the alcoholic content decrease with time? Any suggestions?


  • 6.6 lbs M&F Old Ale Hopped Malt Extract
  • 3.3 lbs M&F Light Malt Extract
  • 1 lb Clover Honey
  • 1 oz Hallertauer Hops (for finish)
  • 1 oz Wyeast Belgian Abbey Ale Yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar

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Boiled 2 gallons of water, extract, and honey for one hour. Finished with hops. Fermented in plastic at 70 degrees F for nine days. Bottled using corn sugar.