Pennant Ale 3.0

MusketeerHere is the third iteration of our Belgian style Golden Ale!  This recipe is very similar to Pennant Ale 2.0 except for two things: we slightly reduced the amount of hops from 1.5 ounces to 1 ounce and slightly increased the amount of priming sugar to make sure that the beer was carbonated enough.

More importantly, Katryn let me have fun making another label for the beer! It was a long hard debate with myself to figure out what historical warrior (nerd alert) was to be graced with the Rampant Lion but in the end it was the (not so) humble Musketeer.

The image of a musketeer has, unfortunately, been ingrained in my mind by that spectacular 90’s movie, The Three Musketeers.  You know the one I’m talking about: Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnel… how could you go wrong!? Katryn tells me that she has never seen a dreamier D’Artagnan than the one that Chris O’Donnel played, swoon.

Since I knew nothing about real musketeers I checked out Wikipedia to see what they were all about.  For instance, why were they called Musketeers if they never actually used muskets!? Well, turns out they did, just not in the movies all that much.  The Mousquetaires which The Three Musketeers (the original book by Dumas anyways) were based on were both infantry and cavalry which used muskets and swords.  As a junior unit of the Royal Household, the ranks of the musketeers were open to lower nobility which could not get into the more prestigious units.  As a result, musketeers developed a reputation for boisterousness and bravado by trying to compensate for their junior status.  Eventually, all the cool kids wanted to be musketeers and even a prominent Cardinal commandeered them to be his personal bodyguard.

If my scholarly explanation of the history of the musketeers isn’t sufficient, head on over to Wikipedia to read more.

The two minor changes to the beer really helped out and I don’t think I would change anything about the recipe anymore.  I am in love with this beer and I only wish that I had the capacity to brew more than 5 gallons at once!   Like most belgian beers, the yeast has given the beer fruity aromas with a hint of ester.  The fruit aromas mingle with sweet the flavors of 8 lbs. of malt but are well balanced by the modest hops.  If you like Belgian beer you will love this one!


Pennant Ale 3.0:

For 5 gallon batch


1/2 Pound Aromatic Malt
1/2 Pound Biscuit Malt
4 Pounds Extra Light Dry Malt Extract
4 Pounds Extra Light Dry Malt Extract (late addition to boil, 15 minutes)
.5 Ounce Styrian Goldings Hops (bittering)
.5 Ounce Styrian Goldings Hops (late addition to boil, 5 minutes)
1 Pound Liquid Light Beet Sugar (late addition to boil, 15 minutes)
1 Package Belgian Golden Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP570)
1 Teaspoon Sweet Orange Peel (late addition to boil, 5 minutes)
1 Teaspoon Coriander Seed (late addition to boil, 5 minutes)


2.5 gallon boil, 60 minutes
Steep grains at 165 Degrees for 20 minutes, remove and bring to boil.
Add 4 pounds extra light DME and 1 ounce styrian goldings hops.
With 15 minutes remaining to boil, add remaining 4 pounds extra light DME and 1 pound sugar
With 5 minutes remaining to boil, add remaining .5 ounce styrian goldings hops, coriander, and sweet orange peel
Cool wort and transfer to primary, top off with water to 5 gallons, and pitch yeast

Original Gravity: 1.080
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol By Volume: 8.7%

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