Kaapse Brouwers Herman



Kaapse Brouwers in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Collab with: Dok Brewing Company
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Regular
ABV: 8.5% IBU: 35 Ticks: 4
Dit is het 3e bier dat we brouwen met Janos de Beats, de oprichter van DOK Brewing uit Gent. Dit keer zijn we voor iets gegaan waar we zelf veel zin in hadden. Een heerlijke volle, Double Black Farmhouse IPA. Vernoemd naar de bekende Gentenaar en liefhebber van een biertje, Herman Brusselmans. Enjoy!

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Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 6.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 6.5

Pours near-black dark brown. Large off white head. Scent is roasty, chocolate, mild ashy. hops are fairly silent, but provide a herbal character under the roast. Taste is full, roasty but not super smooth, feels a bit ... Weird. Unfresh, somehow. Hops remain mild, green and herbal if anything, with minor bitterness. Just something about the roast / malts that makes me think of aged coockies - which i'm not particularly liking. It's OK I guess, but not convincing. Fairly full bodied and a mild sweetness.

Tried on 27 Nov 2022 at 14:36

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 8

Strong Cascadian dark ale, brewed by Kaapse in collaboration with Dok on the occasion of their tap takeover there in January. Apparently named after Herman Brusselmans, a popular writer who lives in Ghent’s Patershol quarter (where I have often encountered him). Frothy, dense but slowly opening, yellowish pale beige, medium sized head, very dark chocolate brown robe, as good as black. Aroma of old dried out grapefruit peel, unsugared black chocolate, chicory, black pepper, burnt currants, hard caramel, black olives, coffee grounds, toasted walnuts. Restrainedly sweetish onset, dried blueberries and old raisins but subdued, medium carbonation, full and slick, oily body; bitter black-chocolatey and roasted-nutty malts, quickly shifting to full-on roastedness, coffee- and chicory-like without turning ashy. This roasted bitterness is of course aided by spicy, leafy hop bitterness, but a caramelly sweet aspect of the malts keeps popping up too and the hops lack retronasal aroma for the intended style. Dry finish, with strangely some late fruitiness appearing (apple, prune), very subtly but noticeably so, probably a yeast effect. Smooth, easily drinkable, accessible BIPA, but like most European interpretations of this thoroughly American style, lacking in both hop bitterness and hop aromatics – this is more a hop bitter porter or stout than a true (black) IPA. Needs a much more generous and fragrant dosage of peppery, piney and grapefruity New World hops.

Tried on 23 Mar 2022 at 08:40

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

23 January 2022. At Hal 16 (Dok Brewing). Shared with the lovely Anke.

Hazy dark brown, small, foamy, tan head. Aroma of prune, fig, blue grape, liquorice root, toast, clove, pomegrenate, cocoa bean. Taste has sweetish prune, fig, some red apple over a toasty, slightly sourdough-like malt base with spicy notes and pink grapefruit. Piney, grapefruity hoppy finish, tart-fruity, toasty, lingering spices and yeast. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. This brew's a bit of everything, but not actually messy. Quite enjoyable. The naming or motive is a bit odd (or ironic?) though because it's well-known that Herman Brusselmans had a severe alcohol addiction years ago so he stopped drinking completely.

Tried on 05 Mar 2022 at 11:57

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7

28/I/22 - on tap @ DOK Brewing Company (Gent), BB: n/a (2022-106)

Clear dark brown to purple beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, raisins, soft roast, caramel, ripe banana. MF: lively carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish, dried fruits, some banana, bitter touch, hoppy. Aftertaste: fruity, some caramel, hoppy, dry, bit sourish, some tannins, nice one!

Tried from Can at Dok Brewing Company on 28 Jan 2022 at 20:15