After last week’s post on brewing at De 7 Deugden, I still owed the post about their beers. Usually at the end of the month or just in the new month I do a post on the best beers I had during the last couple of weeks, but that has to wait until tomorrow or so.
At De 7 Deugden we had the choice to do a small or a large tasting, but since two of our group had to be driving we did the small one. Wouldn’t want to sit their waiting for people getting drunk while I had to remain reasonably sober. What we tasted were five of the seven regular beers and one seasonal release (these are usually one time only).
Ruw + Bolster
A light witbier (wheat beer/white beer) with a hint of cilantro/coriander. Very gentle, very fresh. Nicely flavoured but I would have gone with way more cilantro and/or more hops.
Scherp + Zinnig
A rather regular brown ale with a fairly light flavour profile. There is some pepper in it to spice things up, but as with the Ruw + Bolster, I would have gone more overboard with the spices. More cayenne pepper. Now it’s only present in the nose and finish, but I would have loved it to be a really spicy beer instead of spiced beer.
Arm + Zalig
An ale with 5 kinds of malt in it. This one I really liked since it was packed with flavour. A very malty beer and even with only 5% of alcohol it was very, very flavourful.
Zomer + Hooi
A very summery pilsner style ale. My least favourite since apart from quality brewing and quality ingredients, it was ‘just’ a lager style beer. Didn’t do much for me. Typically, the other group named this one as their favourite.
According to the label this was a Tripel style ale with cloves added to it. A lot of cloves. The usually rather bitter style of tripels was obliterated by the amount of sweetness the cloves added. Not sure if I think that’s a good idea or not, but it’s a delicious beer nonetheless.
Stout + Moedig
The Stout. Usually one of my favourite kinds of beer. Same here. The hint of coffee with the slight carbonation works very well. It’s not too thick but from my point of view, this calls for a wood aged version! The malt flavours are good, the coffee is really recognizable and it has quite some body to it. My personal favourite of the day.
My general conclusion of the 7 Deugden beers is that I think the brewer is a bit too careful. The ideas behind each brew are very well thought out, but in most cases I would try to get more flavour in there. Now all beers are rather gentle which is nice to get to know other or new kinds of beers, but I wouldn’t go back to them very quickly. I’d add way more pepper to the Scherp + Zinnig, more cilantro to the Ruw + Bolster and I would experiment with more hops in general. But, each their own. It’s a great little brewery and I hope to visit there again soon to stock up on some beers!
I tasted two extra brews from them during the last week. I had to buy some in the shop after our workshop after all!
Wijs + Neuzig
An amber style ale with kardamom in it. Although very light in profile, an absolte dream of a beer. If this would be available from a company like Fentiman’s (which means it’s a soda) I’d be drinking this way more often. Sweet, exciting and delicious!
A pear ale. I usually am NOT a fan of fruit infused ales and this one isn’t going to change that. Again, very properly brewed but with the pear infusion it tastes a bit like someone spilled a big dollop of apple sauce in my glass before pouring a beer into it.