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"This changes everything!"

It's a bold claim, I know.  But I feel I must quote the tin foil hat wearing, defender of humanity, who shot at what he thought must be extraterrestrial recon agents in his back yard.  I feel the need to jump online and proclaim the details of my life altering experience to the world, just like he did.  There comes a time in every mans life when he must step up to the plate and do something that will change the course of his existence.  Fore some, it is opening fire on shadowy figures emerging from the woods behind his house, but for me it was simply taking advantage of the moment and crafting a crazy beer.  I don't mean to toot my own horn, and if it is any consolation, I will never be able to do this again, but wow, this beer is awesome. 

I just opened a bottle of this beer.  It was not refrigerated.  In a moment of clarity, I knew that it was ready and that it would be perfect at the normal storing temperature.  It...  It's full of stars.  There are so many flavors! 

The facts were these:
In south central Pennsylvania, a conspiracy theorist who was sure that the Earth was being primed for invasion decided that he could not take it any more.  He was watching the sky, diligently looking for UFO's, when he saw them.  He lived on the outskirts of a small town and his property ended at the tree line.  When he saw the creatures moving through the woods, he knew what he had to do.  He got his rifle and showed the beings that Earth would not be such an easy resource to harvest.  After firing more then10 rounds, he retreated to his computer room and posted the story on  At first most people tried to call him out on his story.  Then a reputable poster from the area posted that he heard on his police scanner that teenagers called 911 to report that someone had shot at them.  The next hour was surreal.  One man, humanities last hope, was trying to get the word out to his fellow conspiracy theorists, and his own brethren were turning on him.  They believed the 911 call, and we all watched the frantic posts tell the story of a mans last moments of freedom before the cops showed up at his door an arrested him.  It was on this night that I secondaried the best beer I have ever made.

So, what is this beer?  It's quite simple:  Belgian pills, some Belgian cara 20, and light Belgian candi sugar.  There are not many hops to speak of, so where do all these flavors come from?

I did primary fermentation with a liquid Trappist yeast.  After this yeast took my gravity down to 1.012 all the action started.  On the night of the war of the worlds, I racked to secondary.  Four nights earlier I had a couple of the Awesome Brewers over and we drank Orval.  I love Orval.  The only thing that gets me is that you have to let it warm up.  An ice cold Orval is a waste.  None of the sour and fruity flavors truly come out until the beer is approaching room temperature.  I am convinced that most people who try Orval never actually taste the complexity and beauty that it has to offer.  It is the perfect example of a beer designed around it's yeast.  So, we drank 5 bottles of Orval and poured the dregs into a starter. 

I have heard about people brewing with Orval dregs before and it seemed to me like most people do it wrong.  They add the dregs at bottling time and it takes 6 months to a year to get that sour brett, fruity, and whatever else is in there, flavor.  We added the dregs from 5 bottles to a starter made from 2 quarts of water and 1 pond of DME.  It took off!  When I racked to secondary, I added this Orval starter. 

It is perfect at room temperature. (which is 68 F right now)  It has that classic brett sour flavor and yet there is almost an apple fruity finish.  I could drink this all day.  Our story does not end there.  The night that our hero, the lone gunman, took action I secondaried half of this awesome beer into a carboy.  The other half found it's way into this:

It is a whole 'nother animal.  It is sweeter and it has a very well pronounced bourbon flavor.  On the fateful night of the interstellar war, the beer diverged.  One batch has even more of that complex Orval flavor than Orval can claim, and the other is a bourbon barrel aged Belgian.  They both found their way into Bluebonnet, but they did not win any awards.  I will post the score sheets soon.

Brewing Method: Full Grain
Batch Size: 10 US Gallons
90 min mash
OG 1.070
FG 1.010

Boil Time 60 Minutes
Primary Fermentation: 2 weeks

Secondary one month
5 gal in Whiskey Barrel

WLP500 Trappist Ale
Orval Re-culture added at secondary

Grain Bill:
22 lbs. Belgian Pilsner
3.75 lbs. Belgian cara20

Sugar Bill:
2 lbs. light Belgian candi sugar

Hop Bill:
Bittering  (60 min)
1 oz Perle 9.3% AA

Flavoring (20 min)
1 oz Styrian Golding 1.9%AA
Dry (4 days)
2 oz Styrian Golding 1.9%AA

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