The name translates as ‘Spring Hop’, so it is no surprise that this beer is was originally brewed as a seasonal offering in the spring time.
An interesting fact about this beer is that it is made with a bottom fermenting yeast (as opposed to a top fermenting yeast for ales). So in reality this beer is an India Pale Lager.
The aroma is a mix of soft fruit notes and sweet malt. This carries through into the flavour with orange citrus, apricot, faint pine and a little hint of darker stone fruit. The light caramel malt backbone provides enough sweetness to balance the hop bitterness and create a really smooth, easy sipping beer.
Brewery fact: in 2011, De Molen was ranked 5th in the Ratebeer worlds best breweries list. And it also rated 1st in the Ratebeer worlds best brew pub rankings.