THE DEVIL INSIDE!
The brewer of the Duvel Moortgat never stops surprising us, especially with its Triple Hop range. After the phenomenal success of the Citra version, the hopped inspiration does not stop. For this seventh version, the brewer, still very inspired, after already more than the original brews, has this time appealed to a new trick using the hop « Cashmere » rather rare but having a surprising effect. As a reminder, previous versions had used types of hops rarely or never used, such as Amarillo, Japanese Sorachi Ace, Mosaïc, Equinox and the most mysterious but never defined HBC291. Here is the 2019 version with a well-targeted hop, the Cashmere, used during its dry-hopping phase i.e. added during the brewing cooling phase. It is a partner in the introduction of 2 other hops in traditional hopping, the Saaz and the Styrian Golding with a well-planted but nevertheless traditional character for strong blondes. The partnership of the Cashmere brings a deeper character (40 EBU) without being able to qualify it as an IPA. On the other hand, its alcohol level of 9,5% is well above a traditional Duvel. It will be the signature of the Moortgat brewer with this insatiable inspiration bringing with this new hop a sharper touch still raising the citrus nose as well as a surprising finish that will pleasantly surprise the Duvel fanatics. You’ll meet peach, melon and …. flesh of tropical coconut, unsweetened, bringing it a particular freshness while developing a relaxing tasting, not in tongue but essentially in its final. Of course, like all «Triple Duvel», it is produced in limited version but enough for a majority of beer lovers to be able to discover it. Not to enjoy it in the best conditions, either fresh and in its typical glass to the mark, would be a venial sin. When you are told that with the Duvel Cashmere, the paradise is well on earth, one certainly does not lie to you! Thank you, sweet Jesus!
A GULDEN DRAAK IMPERIAL STOUT.
Definitely, brewers have the wind in the sails especially when it comes to strong beers. In 2017 and 2018, the focus was on « oak age », however, there was also renewed interest in the stout category, which has reached its peak during the late sixties, with the wave of English pubs. Generally; this beer is moderately alcoholic. It has been enriched with a more pronounced touch, favouring a warmer character via a more controlled liquorice during its longer maturation, usually in oak casks. The most recent production comes from the brouwerij Van Steenberge in its Gulden Draak range, in the configuration of an imperial stout (12%). Of course, the tasty characteristics of the stout can be found there but also leave a preponderant place on the nose, first releasing a very ripe (unsweetened) banana aroma, while its conclusion releases bittersweet results of its prolonged stay in barrels of old oaks. The final formula impresses as for a good old Burgundy wine and suggests an accompaniment of a character cheese.