Described as the last great newspaper comic, Calvin and Hobbes traces the relationship and adventures of six-year-old Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes who, for the young boy but no one else, is animated. Commenting on Beerland’s latest release, brewer Andrew Dean says that Calvin and Hoppes plays on this "imaginary" element in the form a classic Belgian Blonde – the Calvin of the concept - which is dry-hopped with US hops – the anthropomorphic Hoppes in this case. The implication is thus a gold Belgian style ale with an American twist and it’s one which the Beerland team have been playing with privately for the past three years.
The base beer was fermented with one of the more restrained Belgian ale yeasts, which keeps typical phenolics in check enough to compliment rather than dominate. Dried apple and apricot feature with citrus notes, bitterness is firm by Belgian standards yet subtle when compared with stateside IPAs, and the whole affair is probably best considered while enjoying moules-frites.
Published May 17, 2019 2019-05-17 00:00:00