If you ever find yourself in The Netherlands in September, google De Molen’s famous beer festival Borefts. Each year they hand select breweries to invite to their festival that runs for two days at the brewery.
Of course De Molen make many new beers just for the festival, and this beer is just that. Made for last years festival we managed to get our hands on a few cartons of this beer, just for our beer club.
The name translates to ‘Rust and Rye’, which is one of the less-obscurely-named De Molen beers. A rusty copper colour, and a good dose of rye in the malt bill.
At first it seems a perfectly drinkable beer without any one attribute jumping out. A decent aroma, a little malt sweetness balanced by some bitterness and spiciness.
But as the beer progresses it seems to build. The body gets a little thicker with a fruity, slightly jammy sweetness. Then a building dry rye spice cuts through to leave a pleasant lingering bitterness.