I had these on a recent trip to the Netherlands. I was on my way to the airport, but I had an hour to spare so my host, the wonderful Lars Daniels, took me to a beer shop, we bought three interesting looking bottles, and then drank them at his place while he was interviewing me for an article.
Rooie Dop Chica Americana IPA
This is brewed at de Molen, a famous craft brewery in NL, by Rooie Dop. They’re based in Utrecht, and their website is here. Very sweet nose is rich and malty with some lively floral notes, and some honeyed character. Rich but balanced on the palate with subtle bitterness on the finish. Very appealing, but maybe too much toffee and honey character? It’s really good, but potentially could be even better. 8/10
Rat Ale Green Hops
This is an amber ale that’s a collaboration between De Eem (from Amersfoort) and Hommeles (from Houten, Amsterdam), brewed at De Leckere (Utrecht). A full brown colour, this is powerful stuff with treacle and malt notes, as well as some tar and caramel. It’s a bold, characterful beer that’s really attractive. 7.5/10
Pampus/ De Eem Dark Hops Edition 2014
A collaboration between Pampus and de Eem, this is a Black IPA of real character. Six kinds of malt were used, and it’s a dark, almost opaque colour. Powerful and dense with notes of roast coffee, iodine, treacle and dark chocolate, this is such a concentrated beer. It’s lovely, but not all that easy to drink. 8.5/10