Does your Belgian beer really need recultured yeast?

by Brewing beer


Your beer wants happy healthy yeast

Your favorite bottle of Belgian brew has gone through quite a bit to get to your hands.  The beer was produced, bottle conditioned, sent over seas, stuck in a warehouse, put onto a truck, a stuck on a store shelf (for who knows how long) until you purchased it.  The yeast in the bottle are not going to be at their best.  I understand you want “authentic” Belgian ale, but there is another alternative.  The yeast you want is available commercially, fresh and viable.

Isn’t “fresh and healthy” better than “tortured, jetlagged, and left for dead”?  You can buy the same yeast used to make your bottle of Chimay in a fresh, healthy and much happier state.  Wyeast and White Labs have already done the work for you.  The best part is these yeast are happy and healthy!  Here’s the list of commercial yeast, and the Belgian or Trappist source.


1214 Belgian Ale Chimay
1762 Abbey II Rochefort
3522 Belgian Ardennes Achouffe
1388 Belgian Strong Ale Duvel
3538 Leuven Pale Ale Yeast Corsendonk-Bocq
3724 Belgian Saison Yeast Saison Dupont
3787 Trappist High Gravity Westmalle

White Labs

WLP500 Trappist Ale Chimay
WLP510 Bastogne Belgian Ale Orval
WLP515 Antwerp Ale Yeast De Koninck
WLP530 Abbey Ale Yeast Westmalle
WLP540 Abbey IV Ale Yeast Rochefort
WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast Achouffe
WLP565 Belgian Saison Saison Dupont
WLP700 Belgian Golden Ale Duvel

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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

Beer buddy

I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!