A Note on This Beer
The only thing that’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light.
– Peyton Manning, post play-offs.
As football season begins again tonight, I can’t help but think: poor Peyton Manning. Bud Light? West Coasters know celebration requires serious craft beer or a flute of bubbly. Today’s beer is a celebratory fusion of malt, hops and yeast with the sparking, dry nuance of champagne.
Kortrijk-dUtsel is a Biere de Champagne. It’s hard to pronounce but easy to drink, merging the Champagne attributes we crave with the fruity, spicy, yeasty body of a Belgian Ale in a process so labor intensive only a few examples exist worldwide.
Pouring translucent gold with a dense, foamy head, Kortrijk-dUtsel wakes up the nose with heavy carbonation, dried apples, spices, and tingly white wine character that pushes strong into the flavor. The light and bubbly mouthfeel is front and center. Buttery biscuit notes, wild apples, grassiness and vinous grapes run throughout. Slight bitterness, bready malts and rich yeasty character announce its beer heritage and the finish is exquisitely crisp and dry.
Kortrijk-dUtsel undergoes a lengthy maturation process that includes fermenting the beer with classic Champagne techniques. This costly, time consuming process involves multiple upside-down fermentations and infuses Kortrijk-dUtsel with its subtle complexity, rich carbonation and crisp, dryness that Champagne is revered for the world over.
Kortrijk-dUtsel is a classy, immensely flavorful cross over. It celebrates the time-honored character of Champagne with the body, hops, yeast and malts unique to beer. Drink now and stock up for the next Superbowl to show off this extremely rare find to friends.
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