What Style Is This?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by mattclough, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. mattclough

    mattclough Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Virginia

    So I want to enter my latest brew into the NHC, but it's a recipe that I completely made up in an attempt to make a beer that would compliment champagne at a new year's party. Does it behoove me to find a style that it most closely fits and try to have it judged accordingly, or do I need to register as a specialty beer? I know that the specialty beer category gets pretty crowded and variations abound. Here's the info on the brew:

    36.2% Malted Wheat
    36.2% Pilsner Malt
    18.1% Rye Malt
    4.5% Carapils
    5% Acidulated Malt
    7.8AAU Calypso boiled for 10 minutes
    White Labs WLP530 Abbey Ale

    IBU: 9
    OG 1.051
    ABV 5.20%

    Very light straw color, highly carbonated, crisp, slightly sour, somewhat balanced body but on the drier side.

    There are a lot of styles that kind of sound like this but none exactly. Any ideas?
  2. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    Belgian Specialty? Looks like a table beer and good at that. How'd those Calypso's compliment that yeast?
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  3. mattclough

    mattclough Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Virginia

    Dynamite. I spent a while looking for some hops that would give me the flavor that was in my head and the yeast complimented it very well.
  4. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    Good to know! I've been meaning to make a BPA or a simple table beer (singel) with the ones I scored.
  5. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,329) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    I agree with the above poster that Belgian Specialty is probably the best place. Sounds like a really interesting recipe!
  6. celeriac

    celeriac Initiate (170) Oct 21, 2008 Massachusetts

    I just placed in my first homebrew comp with a somewhat similar beer (Session strength BPA w/ NZ hops and brett) in Belgian Specialty, and I think that's the only place for it.
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