Do you remember that we brewed a dunkele bock back in December? You do? Well, after a lengthy lagering period at sub zero temperatures, followed by cask conditioning, the beer is finally ready to drink. Our resident German Bier Prinzessin dropped by today to assess our work and I'm pleased, and relieved, to report that it was declared ausgezeichnet.
It's very dark with a tight, light tan head and an aroma of aromatic and roasted malts. Grassy, spicy Saaz hops hit the palate, linger for a while before giving way to a rich, satisfying maltiness that dissipates slowly. Just as you think it's all over a feint sweetness tickles the tongue, inviting you back for more. It's indubitably Teutonic and reminds me of dirndls, which is dangerous.
And it's out on sale direct from the brewery, and in all East Kent pubs of discerning bent.