Well it’s not long now until the Peterborough Beer festival, in fact we are less than a week away until the big one!
I thought I’d celebrate with a small order from Beermerchants.com – a site I’ve used before when something ‘special’ is in order. Luckily they deliver next day, so the beers is safely with me already 🙂
I’d spotted something that really got my interest in one of their regular mail-outs; a special version of that Belgium legend, Duvel. Now the golden devil is one of my all time favourites – just how do they make a 8.5% ‘lager’ taste so great?! Even I can almost taste the ‘peach’ flavours that come through.
Anyway, this ‘triple hop’ version of Duvel looked like my idea of heaven – Duvel, plus more hops! Oddly the “3 hop” Duvel actually has 4 hops in it, but hey ho, I’m not complaining. The description says the brewers will release a different version each year, and the 2012 has picked a good-un, the currently fashionable ‘Citra’ hop. Now my local favourites Oakham Ales were the first to brew with Citra in the UK (I’m sure I’ve read), and it makes for super hoppy beer, something I’m a massive fan of! Therefore I can’t wait to taste this new Duvel.. it’s in my fridge cooling right now. Oh and it’s a jaw dropping 9.5% too, so not to be taken lightly!
I thought I’d throw in another Belgium beer, one I’ve not tried before; Hopus – hopefully the name is giving away something of its nature.
UPDATE: I’ve tried one of the Duvel tripe hop beers now – and WOW! Still the lovely gold colour the beer is famous for, still crisp n bright (as long as you pour properly and leave the sediment in the bottle), and what a hop aroma and taste! I’m not great at describing, but it’s like a lager version of IPA, with a bit of 9.5% subtly hiding behind the massive hop hit. Zooms right up my list of all time favourites… and after 1 bottle you just know it’s strong, 3 or 4 and you really would feel it!
To round out the order.. well to add some more beers really, I went a little mad and included some American craft IPAs – one a wallet scaring £12.50 for a single 75cl bottle.. but hey, you have to pay for quality, and I can’t wait to taste those two American bad boys! I’ll report back once I’ve opened em up.
I just hope these beers leave my taste buds ready for my judging duties at the bee festival on Wednesday – my invite arrived yesterday, and it’s an 11am start, with some 24 or so beers to taste (enjoy), rate and judge. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Oh and if you’re still reading this, don’t forget that if you are visiting the Pboro Beerfest next week (Tues 21-Sat 25th Aug), that I have a free and easy to use mobile app for your phones and devices, which has all the beers and cider & perry listed, with search facilities and voting so you can help score those ales! Just click here in your phone – or type in http://beerfest.kristianbrown.co.uk/app/ to use!
Cheers and good drinking, Krispy!