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I WOULD EXPECTED SOMETHING DIFFERET...
on 28 November 2010
A good book if you are into the history of beer, and more specifically into the history of Trappist/Abbey beers. It also gives you a full picture of places to visit if you decide to tour around Belgium. However, I would have expected more indications and technical details on how to brew those beer styles mentioned in the book itself. When talking about recipes, the author limits himself to a summary excursus of the ingredients used, as well as rough data about fermentation. Every now and then he mentions what percentage of malts to use, but nothing more!
If you are a novice and looking for recipes, well don't buy this book! If you are an advanced brewer, trust me you don't need to spend £9.13 to know that to brew a Belgian Trappist beer you need: Pilsener Malt, sugar (dextrose or Belgian candy), some dark/roasted malt, Saaz and/or Styrian Goldings hops and some sort of Trappist yeast.