Looking over the traffic moving through the Beer Diary... site I noticed that a significant number of guests have shown an interest in two particular postings. Because of the this, I thought that I would elaborate on them and hopefully provide more depth to the subject. The first is regarding the Duvel Clone. I brewed this beer based on a couple of sources of information. The Jamil Show at the Brewing Network http://thebrewingnetwork.com/jamil.phprewingnetwork.com/jamil.php
which is a great podcast resource for a huge number of beer style recipes, including the Belgian Golden Ale a.k.a. Duvel, and I also mined the opinions and experiences of the many homebrewers that frequent the Home Brew Digest forum http://www.hbd.org/ . In the end I ended up designing my own version using this information, and my materials on hand, and came up with what I consider to be a very similar beer. The following is from my notes on brew day:
DUVEL CLONE- 10 gals. brewed using my gravity feed brew sculpture.
O.G. 1.069 F.G. 1.011
17lbs. am. 2-row mashed at 148f. for 60min. in 6gals. h2O
6 lbs. beet sugar added during boil
Boiled for 60mins. with :1oz. N.Z.Saaz @8aa
and 1oz. Styrian Goldings @ 5aa for 60 mins.
1oz. N.Z.Saaz @8aa for 15mins.
1oz. N.Z.Saaz @8aa for 3mins.
Fermented at 65f. with stepped up WhiteLabs WLP570 yeast culture.
Kegged at 4.0volumes C02
Secondly, there is a lot of interest in beer evaluation forms and formats for tasting beer. The best resource I found for these is the Beer Judge Certification Program http://www.bjcp.org/ and you can click here www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_BeerScoreSheet.pdf to see their evaluation sheet.
Using their examples and my own feel for what would be comfortable for the average beer appreciator, I created my own simplified form using a numbering system. This format is great for quick, objective evaluations especially for the novice beer drinker. I use it in my Beer Appreciation and Tasting classes at Cabrillo College and it's very helpful when your tasting eight or ten beers in one sitting.
I have one more evaluation form on my desktop that is more elaborate than the one above and I will send anyone a copy of it if interested. Just comment or e-mail me.
I hope that this information is valuable. If so, or not, let me know in comments. Cheers!