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St. Benedict Belgian Dark Strong Ale (for Advanced Homebrewers)

Photograph: Zack Kinney]

Inspired by the Trappist and abbey beers I drank during a trip to Brussels last fall, I first brewed this Belgian Strong Dark Ale in January. I rebrewed a 15-gallon batch of it earlier this month with a couple of fellow members of the New York City Homebrewers Guild to serve at the club's 25th anniversary celebration next year as well as the National Homebrewers Conference.

Original Gravity: 1.091
Final Gravity: 1.017
ABV: 9.7%
Bitterness: 34 IBUs
Color: 22 SRM (brown to ruby brown)

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