The Poperinge Discovery Box
Keikoppenbier (6.1% ABV) is brewed at De Plukker Hop Farm and Brewery and may be a beer that only a life-long hop-grower could brew. It’s a blond ale brewed with fresh Admiral, Golding, home-grown Cascade hops, mingling to give it a complex flavor that defies easy categorization.
Rookop (6.5% ABV) is a brown ale formerly brewed in the village of Reningelst until 1963, now revived by De Plukker. It’s a dubbel-style ale brewed with Admiral and Golding hops, fruity and sweet with some chocolate notes.
Hommelbier (7.5% ABV) is what Brewery Van Eecke call their beer de terroir, because it uses local hops from Poperinge (Hallertauer Magnum. Saphir, Brewer’s Gold and Challenger) as well as pale winter and summer malts and water from the brewery’s own well. It’s refreshing, citrusy and hoppy in that typical Belgian way: the hops beguile you into submission rather than whacking you over the head and dragging you off to their cave.
Kapittel Abt (10% ABV) from Brewery Van Eecke is a round, malty, slightly sweet balanced beer with fruity hints on the tongue. It’s a warming, memorable beer; a dessert all on its own.
Sint Bernardus Tripel (8% ABV) is a blond to pale-amber beer with a thick and vivid head, a slightly sweet aroma and distinct delicately bitter, grassy hop flavor in the finish.
Sint Bernardus Abt 12 (10% ABV) is a rich deep and complex beer, and a model of balance, brewed to the original recipe of the Westvleteren 12 of Sint Sixtus Abbey. It’s dark with a full, ivory-colored head is full of complex flavors with a long bittersweet finish and a hoppy bite.
The pack includes issue two of Belgian Beer and Food, with a 30 page guide to the bars, breweries and beers of Poperinge.