A history lesson from Beau’s Dubbel Koyt (the review)


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They say bad pizza is like bad sex, even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. The same can’t be said for beer. I’ve tasted beers that I will never bother reviewing and I’ve tasted beers that have left me wanting a cigarette. When I tried Beau’s No. 30 • Dubbel Koyt, I have to tell you that I had no idea what to expect. Was it like bad pizza… not exactly?

Beau’s Dubbel Koyt is an incredible history lesson in beer making as well as its evolution through time. If you have read my Bog Water review, I touched on the history of Bog Water and explained how Beau had come to this fine beer. If you go on Beau’s web site, you’ll also find an explanation for this Dubbel Koyt, and I quote; “to 1515, just one year before the Purity Act began to take hold in Europe. This ancient style of beer is known as Dubbel Koyt and its origins lie in the town of Zutphen, the Netherlands. Its recipe was brought to our attention by beer researcher Ron Pattinson, who collaborated with us in brewing this historical re-creation. Not only is the Dubbel Koyt an un-hopped Gruit, but incredibly, the grist bill consists of 50% Oats, 20% Wheat, and only 30% Barley”

So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. Beau experimented with this ancient recipe and I have no way of telling you if beer tasted like this way back when but I am certainly not about to challenge their research or their care for the authenticity of this product. However, I can tell you that although I appreciated this journey in time, I would not say this is one I loved. I appreciated it for what it was worth, but that’s about all I can say.

LOOK:  The very first thing I noticed was how pale it was. The second observation was the vivid carbonation that coated the walls of the glass and built up in a fine fuzzy head. My glass looked like it had been filled with a border-line frozen slushy beer.

SMELL: It was unexpected. It has a nice aroma of citrus, spices, Belgian yeast and salt water.

TASTE:  The first thing that came to mind was gluten free beer. This, of course, makes no sense at all because if there is a beer out there with high gluten content, it’s this one. My gluten free taste is mainly related to the salty taste of the beer which in turn, is attributed to the yeast. Hops and malts as a main ingredient is most definitely missed. I consider myself a beerophile but in this case, I can’t say it did it for me. Perhaps this beer in a 600ml format is too much of one thing.

FINISH:  There was a touch of honey towards the end but I hard time finishing it. Sorry Beau.

FEEL: Great light feel yet coating with great carbonation.

REPEATER: Not for me, but that doesn’t make it a bad beer.

CONTEXT:  I have no doubt in my mind that Beau did a great job in brewing this beer. I have no reference point.

Pairing: I imagine this beer would pair well with Indian cuisine and grill

Score: 78%

Price: $6.95 for a 600ml

Availability: Not sure.

Beer type: Gruit.

Alcohol/Vol.: 6.8%

Brewery: Beau’s Brewery

Country / Region: Vankleek Hill, Canada

That’s it folks… Cheers!

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