Death's Quad

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By Jacques Marais

Recipe is part of Recipe Index

BJCP 2021 Style 26D Belgian Dark Strong

This beer is focused on the Candi Sugar which can give intense rum and fruity/toffee flavours not available in commercial sugars. Recipe for Candi Sugar below.


National Homebrew Competition 2023

2nd - Belgian and Monastic


  • IBU 28 (could be higher at 35 imo)
  • OG 1.106
  • FG 1.019
  • SRM = 23L



  • Didn’t do much here, but aimed for 1.5:1 Cl:SO4.


  • Dingemans Pilsen 42%
  • Dingemans Belgian Pale 36%
  • Carafa III (mash capping for colour) 3%
  • Home-made Candi sugar 19% (added to fermenter at high krausen)


  • Hallertauer Mittelfrüh (90 min): 50g
  • Hallertauer Mittelfrüh (30 min): 25g
  • Hallertauer Mittelfrüh (15 min): 25g


  • Westmalle (WY3787 or WLP530) with a starter



Step Mash:

  • 50C for 25 min
  • 65C for 90min
  • 72C for 30min


  • 90 minute boil.


  • Ferment at 18C for two days, then add the sugar as a syrup.
  • Raise to 25C over 4 days then keep there for another week.
  • Cold crash and lager at 4C for a month.


  • Target 3.2 vol CO2

Candi Sugar Recipe

Do this before brew day!


  • 450g golden syrup
  • 1.55kg table sugar
  • 900ml water


  1. Dissolve first in the heat <100 deg
  2. Boiled at 105 deg for 10 minutes for inversion
  3. Then Add one table spoon of DME +
  4. 1 teaspoon 3.5g of Ca(OH)2 (aka pickling lime) for alkalinity.
  5. Boil and stir for another 90 min at ~135 deg
  6. This resulted is a ~25 SRM syrup: 2l
  7. The syrup tastes like intense fruity toffee. Add water as it cools to keep it as a syrup. Kept in the fridge and added to the fermenter at high krausen.