Brewed 10 gallons, all grain in Blichman electric tower of power set up. Brew largely wen like clockwork, though had difficulty hitting the high starting gravity, leading to some additional boiling and less volume than targeted. The finished product turned out incredibly good and is getting better with age. Head to head in blind taste tests with Rochefort 10 across many beer lovers, some Belgian lovers and some not, had it consistently holding up respectfully, though with a sweeter and less carbonated character. The oversweetness probably resulted from the boiloff, leading to greater concentration. nevertheless, it is one of the best beers we've brewed and has been a real crowd pleaser, though the ABV had led to more than a few casualties. In the future, I may dial back the candi sugar or tweak process to improve brew efficiency a little to reduce the sweetness.
Reviewed by: Ed Boudreaux from MA.