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Behind the Numbers: 20|01 Belgian Pale
23 May 2016

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Available from today, 20|01 is our first recipe in a new style: Belgian Pale. This post aims to explain a little about this style of beer and what inspired us to create one.

Distinct from Belgian blondes and strong golden ales, Belgian Pale is yet another example of the country’s knack for skillful balance in brewing. From the outset of Brew By Numbers we’ve taken inspiration from multiple sources, but the beguiling balance of Belgian beers across a range of styles, strengths, intensities and fermentation methods has always fascinated us most. 20|01 is our first attempt to replicate this balance in a uniquely refreshing, accessible yet characterful beer style.

Belgian Pale has the dubious honour of being one of the country’s least well-defined styles, with its label applied on ratings websites to beers as varied as Orval, Westvleteren Blonde, Cuvée de Ranke and De La Senne’s Taras Boulba. Whilst each offers evidence to belong in this nebulous grouping of beers, it’s that last example that we feel provides the best framework for the modern version of the style. De La Senne’s hoppy, pale beers are easily our biggest inspiration for our own take on Belgian Pale.

Crisp, fruity and with a dry, refreshing hop bitterness, 20|01 is our own expression of these bright and understated beers. The clean grain character is kept simple and drinkable, using nothing but low colour pils malt to give an even, light body. Saaz takes the lead in the hop bitterness, with the fruitier and floral notes coming from Summer, itself an Australian variety with Saaz parentage. We chose not to employ any spicing in this beer, to keep the flavours clean.

Using the same saison yeast strain that we use for other Belgian styles, in this instance we lowered the fermentation temperature to 24 degrees C (as opposed to the low thirties that our saisons ferment at), so there’s less fruity ester character, but the same crisp carbonation and texture the style needs. The subtle interplay between the yeast and hops provides a gentle spiciness alongside firm bitterness, to really cleanse the palate.

20|01 Belgian Pale – Summer & Saaz is now available from pubs, bars and bottle shops stocking our beers, as well as at our taproom both on draught and in 330ml bottles in take away. We hope that it’s a beer to suit sunny days, warm evenings, and the refreshment needed at the end of a day’s work, in as many servings as necessary.

Cheers!

 

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