Druif (2020)


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Our classic. A wild ale with red wine grapes.

Almost each year we bring out a new vintage. This year we took a different approach on making Druif. We started with a blend of older beers (approximately 2 years in the barrel) refermented with Kékfrankos grapes, and aged in our oldest foudre for quite some time. Before bottling we blended this base with spontaneously fermented wine from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes we made in 2018 and aged in smaller burgundy barrels.

Druif 2020 has elderflower, blackberry, and light strawberry notes, but also a touch of creamy oak, and a little earthiness. Taste-wise it has a really balanced wine-like acidity, proper fruitiness, and plenty of spice/earthiness with a little funk to it. Together with firm but rounded tannins, some minerality, it’s a very vibrant wild ale. Tommie’s favourite vintage so far.

At this moment the balance between the base beer and the fruit is perfect, but especially this vintage has good potential for ageing in the bottle. In a year or more, the tannins will soften, and the base beer and the barrel’s taste will integrate even better.

Store our beers in a cool (12-15°C), dark place. Our beers are best enjoyed around 12°C.

Please note: pickup dates and times are from now on fixed.

If you want to come and collect your beer, please choose one of these three dates, and mention your preferred moment in your order notes:

  • Saturday 7 November, 12.00 to 15.00 hours
  • Sunday 8 November, 12.00 to 15.00 hours
  • Monday 9 November, 12.00 to 15.00 hours

Purchase limit: 2 bottles per customer — 4 for members, during the three-day presale.

Ingredients: water, organic malted barley, organic wheat, organic hops, organic red grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kékfrankos), wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria. 75CL. 7,6% ABV.

Additional information

Weight 1.500 kg