While I left Amsterdam just less than a week ago, it’s been so hard to get time to write about all the wonderful beers I’ve been having (yes, there’s been quite a few). Being a happy IPA Day, I figured I’d pump out my last few from Amsterdam before I head to Oliver Twist for a difficult choice of epic IPA’s.
Jopen Damiate DRIPA #1 and Last Drinks at Arendsnest
It was great to have such an impressive range of Dutch beers to choose from at Arendsnest, despite the looming realisation that I’d never actually get to try them all. Last bottle up was the Limited Edition Jopen Damiate, a Double Rye IPA. This 8.5% beauty poured a deep ambery gold, topped with a thin white head. The aroma was full of grassy hops and a sweetish malt background.
The flavour was pleasantly full, with grassy hops and quite a raw feel behind it. There was an almost chocolatey maltiness too. Not a roasty dark chocolate, but something like a smooth milk chocolate. Anyway, it was a nice touch!
This is a really solid beer, which I’d easily have again and one that I recommend to anyone with any slight interest in beer.
Snab Pale Ale
Next up were the tasters. First off I tried the coppery golden Snab Pale Ale, which had a slight malt and rich citrusy hop aroma. To taste, the hoppy citrus dominated, with the malty caramel notes mixed in there somewhere to give a really great Dutch Pale Ale that I’d highly recommend.
De Molen Gelovige Thomas ‘Back to School’
The last, last, last beer from Arendsnest, is the ‘Back to School’ and this is a GOOD one! Brewed FOR Arendsnest, this 12% barley wine will take you for a ride like no other. Pouring a deep amber brown, this badboy throws out a sweet estery aroma linked in with a slight hoppy citrus and rich dark fruity notes.
Then we get to the epic flavour. It’s best to think of this as a smooth, hoppy, thick liqueur. It’s got such a warm and full malt backbone that acts as a sweet platform for the slight hop bitterness that carries it across the finish line.
What an absolute delight to try. They only serve this in small glasses, and it’s no surprise when you actually get to taste it. Even just the tasting glass was enough for me. Neverless, I recommend each and every one of you to give this a go (which will mean you have to come to Amsterdam, but how’s that a bad thing?).
Goodbye Amsterdam. See you in seven weeks with YM and JG.