Re: White Labs 575 Belgian Style Ale Yeast Blend
I've used this blend three times. Each time I started with a fresh vial.
The first time was in a dubbel. At first I wasn't all that impressed, but with age it developed a nice cherry ester as Tony notes similar to Pere Jacques.
The second use was in an Allagash 4 inspired beer. It is still realtively young and it is hard to really make any conclusions as the jaggery and piloncillo I used really dominate the flavor profile. Unlike Allagash, I used just base type malts of barley, wheat, rye, and oats. No crystal or roast malts.
The third use of this yeast is fermenting right now. This batch is a spiced blond ale. I didn't use alot of spice so I hope to be able to conclude wheather this yeast is better in Golden or Dark ales. After the first dubbel, my impression is this yeast is probably better for golden ales rather than darks. I'm still leaning in this direction.
I would love hear from other with their results from this blend.