7.3
Appearance - 7
Aroma - 7
Overall - 7.5
Flavor - 7.5
Texture - 7

Collab of Dok Brewing Company with Rock City, the craft brewery in Dutch Amersfoort known for its finetuning of brewing water and adapting it for every specific beer style (as is the case in this one too). Dubbed a ‘double dry-hopped farmhouse IPA’, this is one of those very rare ‘Belgian style’ IPAs in Belgium that are deliberately intended as such, as is sometimes done in America (see Stone’s Cali-Belgique, for example), rather than a Belgian style ale with extra hops being named ‘IPA’ of sorts for commercial reasons – a completely different approach. This one shows a dense, membrane-lacing, snow white, firm and stable though eventually slowly breaking head and hazy straw blonde robe with ochre-ish tinge. Aroma of green kiwi, lime zest, halfripe mango, broad beans, soggy crackers, puddle water, some vague background passionfruit, raw red cabbage, light sweaty note. Moderately fruity onset, green mango and unripe banana with some green kiwi, minerally carb, sourish and even sweaty undertone (the onset of a bacterial infection?); smooth cereally pale maltiness, flavoured with lime, green onion, passionfruit and orange rind impressions from the hops – but not too overwhelmingly so. Gentle bitterness in the end, indeed propelled by an underlying minerality as is typical for Rock City. There is a weird sweaty aspect to this beer, seemingly slightly infected even, which I suspect was not the intention; could have done with more bitterness, too. In the best cases, a collab of two accomplished breweries is more than just the sum of its parts – but in this case it feels a bit less, sorry…

Tried on 15 Sep 2021 at 11:59