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PaulK
03/10/13 02:59 PM  
WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
Hi guys

I have an oud bruin going with this blend at the moment (still very early on) and am getting ready to do a flanders red in the near future.

This blend has been kicking around for long enough that there should be some finished beers around. What do you guys think of it? How does it compare to the roeselare blend? From what i have read, thats pretty much what whitelabs were going for. To get their own version of roeselare

Basically, its much easier for me to get the whitelabs blend, but if the roeselare blend is substantially better, I can get hold of some.

Thoughts?

On a related note, the article on flanders red by raj apte... does anyone know where i can access it? The original link no longer works.

Cheers

Luke
03/10/13 11:37 PM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
http://web.archive.org/web/20100410025103/http://www2.parc.com/emdl/members/apte/flemishredale.shtml
Paulk
03/11/13 04:20 AM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
Thanks for the link
Paul K
04/02/13 05:03 AM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
So... no WLP665 impressions then huh :)

Oh well. A couple of weeks ago I brewed a flanders red. I used the Rosealare blend. That way i can compare themselves.

The fladers red was fermented with rosealare only. It was a very fresh pack. I have also heard a lot of reports of not so sour beers, so thought i'd skip the additional sacc.

The ferment was very healthy all the same. Took off after about 12 hours.

Its currently in a plastic fermenter. I'll move it to a glass carboy when its gotten some sourness behind. Will check on in fortnightly. It has a tap on it, so i can grab small samples without adding too much oxygen by opening the lid etc.

We shall see

SteveG
04/02/13 10:45 AM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
I have found that the Rosealare blend needs more than one go to really be all it can be. My personal experience indicates that you need to recycle it several times before it starts acting as you'd expect. However an excellent brewer I know who hits this board has reported a first generation can get sour - you need to give it loads of time.

My first beer came out a lot like witkap pater single, I served it calling it something like that. Could be had I let it sit for 18 months it may have turned to a blonde sour beer. Now-a-days if I wanted to make a believable flanders red I'd talk to Al!!

Paul K
04/03/13 02:29 AM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
And if Al wanted to send me bugs in New Zealand, I would be most happy with that option! :)

But...seeing as that option is not open to me...

I have pitched a few different beer's dregs in with them, so hopefully they will help things along. Some Cuve Rene, Duchesse, Cantillon and three local sour beers.

Paul K
04/07/13 03:55 AM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
I took a couple of samples of the flanders brown (whitelabs) and red(rosealare) today. The brown is about 5 weeks old and the red 3. Even though the red is younger than the brown, it already has substantially more of the flavours I expect in the end product.

They have many months to go so we shall see I guess...

Mark
04/18/13 04:55 PM  
Re: WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend impressions?
No experience with 665, but completely agree with Steve regarding first pitch of Roeselare being ho hum. MUCH better on a repitch.

 
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