Re: Pear Extract
Ok, first the quick, but in my mind less helpful, answer:
Now if you are still with me, my rant. For god sakes man, Duvel does not have anything resembling pears or pear extract in it. The lame-butts who wrote that book should be taken outside and flogged ;-)
Ok seriously, while those recipe books by those two, might be considered fun, I have never seen such a pourly researched collection of brewing recipes in my life. So many of the beers they claim to clone have ingredients & processes that have been thoroughly researched and well documented in many places that I just don't understand what they were thinking when they put these recipes together.
If you are interested in doing some cloning beers the last place I would recommend would be either of the clone books. The internet is even a better resource, and this forum is a great place to start.
If you are really interested in cloning Duvel I would suggest doing some google searches, and reading some of Michael Jacksons books would be most helpful. In his "Great Beers of Belgium", Jackson states that Duvel is made with two-row malt from France, Saaz & Styrian Golding hops, plus a good quantity of dextrose. More detaile info is availible in the books, and both Wyeast and whitelabs carry one of the Duvel yeast strains.
And once again there is no pears anywhere, nor is there any clear candi sugar, no crystal malt, and no aromatic malt are used in Duvel. I am sure all of these would make for an interesting beer, but it won't get you even remotely close to a Duvel'ish beer.
And if you don't happen to be using either of the clone books, my point is only made that much more. Because it is these two goofs that seemed to have started and disseminated the use of pears in Duvel.
Please don't take any of this personally, I am really just find it unfortunate that such misleading information was allowed to be foistered upon the homebrewing community. Hopefully you found some of my advice helpful as well.