THE TRAPPISTS HAVE THEIR PLANETS !
On February 22nd of this year, the NASA announced the discovery of 7 exoplanets called for the moment TRAPPIST-1 b, c, d, e, f, g, h. Or Orval, Chimay, Rochefort, Achel, Westmalle, Westvleteren and La Trappe of Koningshoeven. This revelation is also the work of the astrophysicist Michaël Gillon. This good news will bring in the future a great deal of data, among which those to know if other forms of life would remain on the planets, or still would confirm a possible presence of water. It would simply be wonderful. We already imagine the brewers of the Trappist monks succeed to new brews based on interstellar water !
DUVEL TRIPEL HOP CITRA.
At the same period and this since a few years, it is of custom to see on the eve of the spring appear on the market, a new Duvel, traditionally brewed with its 2 basic hops, Saaz and Styrian Golding, but produced for the occasion with a new specific hop. During the previous 9 years, it was associated with 6 different hops, among which Equinox, Sorachi Ace of Japan, American Amarillo, Citra, Mosaïc and last year HBC 291. The brewers of Moortgat had decided in 2016 to proceed with the optic over 2017, to a vote with the fanatics of Duvel, this to determine what had been until now the best hop which had been used for this spring vintage during the precedent years. It is the Citra which took away the palm. It is thus very logically that this one feeds the bitterness of this Cuvée 2017. On the other hand its exit on the market took place simultaneously on all the Belgian territory. This remarkable hop provides the beer a severe bitterness but a very citrus fruit nose, which give to Duvel an additional dimension and a very particular flavor. Distrust however, if you wait too long, because its production will remain limited.
DUVEL STANDOUT !
2017 could be already baptized the year Duvel ! Indeed after the arrival of the Triple Hop Citra (9,5%), a quite big surprise from Moortgat waits for the big amateurs of beer. « Ssst... Here matures Duvel », is what we can read on the long facade of the brewery when we pass on the expressway A12. It is true that this beer requires a long guarding to develop its full characteristic maturity in its particular flavor as well as its rich pearling guaranteeing a supreme foam. But today in the cellars of the brewery, rest a new version of Duvel which will require 6 to 7 months of guard in tanks of bourbon. This « oak age » will be the big first one for the amateurs of Duvel because it will have probably quite a different flavor according to criteria which will invest it on bases of residual yeast of the precious tenant of these barrels. These come from two famous American distilleries of bourbon, « Four Roses Distillery » and « Buffalo Trace Distillery » both of Kentucky known as the supreme State of whiskeys. Already the brewer announces a rate of more severe alcohol volume between 10 and 11%. Its delicious criterion will be very rich and innovative with touches of caramel and bitterness affected by a wooden tone by its recipient. All of us wait for this big novelty, of which I can assert you, o privilege, a pleasant explosion of the ranges of delicious tones. A real nectar for the sharp experts !
DUVEL MAKES THE BELLS RING !
Michel Moortgat, the CEO, is proud of his company as well as of the region which formerly let him become established on its territory from 1871 : « Duvel is a proud resident of Breendonk, village of the entity of Puurs in the province of Antwerp, thus it seems logic to us, to be able to help our municipality in certain local initiatives which have a deep link with the traditions.» announced the big boss of the brewery. Indeed on the occasion of 725 years of the entity, the municipality donated its church Sint-Pieter with a quite new carillon, counting from now on among its big bells, one who will carry the label of Duvel. It weights 400 kg and its departure from the workshop towards the church is planned by an exceptional convoy, on April 8th of this year. It will so join the bell tower which will include a total of 50 bells from the smallest until the biggest. It is useless to specify, that the implementation will be well-showered with Duvel. The sound will ring every ½ hour as to draw the attention of the villagers that a beer brewed carefully is consumed with care ! On the whole a call to order for lack of « se faire sonner les cloches » (good telling-off) !