WLP510 Bastogne Belgian Ale Yeast
A high gravity, historic Belgian style ale yeast. Produces dry beer with slight acidic finish. More ‘clean’ fermentation character than WLP500 or WLP530. Not as spicy as WLP530 or WLP550. Excellent yeast for high gravity beers, Belgian ales, dubbels and trippels.
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“... excellent balance of fruit, spices ...”
I'm very impressed with the performance of this yeast. With an excellent balance of fruit, spices, and tartness it is my favorite Belgian Strain.
“My favorite ...”
My favorite of all White Labs Belgian strains. Dry, subdued phenols and moderate, complex esters; I get a lot of melon and rock candy flavors fermenting at room temperature (~70F). Lets malt and hop character through, fantastic for snappy, noble-heavy tripels. Finally, a Belgian that doesn't overwhelm!
“A great yeast ... ”
A great yeast, adds lots of great flavors to the beer. Used the yeast cake from a dubbel I brewed for a Belgian pale. I hope they make this year-round.
“I would definitely recommend ...”
I made a great dubbel from this yeast. Fermentation was at a low temperature for the yeast (60~63 F) for 4 weeks. The aroma and flavors came across as spicy, yet dark and somewhat muted. The most noticeable aroma is that of cloves, then there is the fruitiness of raisins and dark fruits. The finish was slightly sour (as advertised) which accentuated the hop bitterness. Attenuation was only 67%, probably due to the low fermentation temp. I would definitely recommend! this yeast for dark Belgian Style Ales.
“... I plate and freeze ... ”
A certain Trappist brewery uses an ale yeast in primary and brettanomyces in secondary to get a unique flavor called goût d'*****. WLP510 combined with WLP650, makes my beer a goût d'*****. As a platinum strain, WLP510 is out once a year, and I plate and freeze the yeast with no noticeable impact to yeast performance or flavor. Yeast starters grow fast with this yeast strain.
(Editor's note: This review also appears under WLP650)
“The beer is unusually cloudy ...”
The trappist brewery that uses this yeast pairs it with brett and a heavy dose of hops. I can see why. The beer I made was a major Banana bomb. I pitched a giant yeast cake at 58% and let it warm up to 72 over the course of a week. I gave the beer a 4-week primary, followed by an 8-week secondary. The beer is unusually cloudy (I used whirlfloc), and it's aggressive banana flavor is a little overwhelming. I hopped at the low end for the style (! 20 IBU), which didn't help. In the future, I would be sure to use this yeast with a heavier dose of hops to counteract the sweet, banana esters. Though, really, I prefer WLP500, WLP530, and especially WLP54
“ ... spicy and aromatic ... ”
This yeast, in combination with WLP530 and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis (in secondary) has produced an amazing beer - spicy and aromatic with an amazing level of complexity. It has won two Best of Shows in competitions (with hopefully more to come). Highly recommended.
Optimum Ferment Temp.66-72°F