IT’S OUR SECOND BIRTHDAY TODAY AND WE’VE STUMBLED ACROSS A BEAUT! AND IT’S ONLY GORN AND BROKEN INTO THE TOP TEN!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.
VUUR & VLAM
BREWER: Brouwerij de Molen, South Holland
VESSEL: 33cl bottle
Our label has an abundance of information about this beer for us to absorb, and all very precise. We’re told to drink at 7º Celsius. We’re informed that pils and caramel malts are used. We’re told the bitter cascade hop is used as well as the dry hops of Amarillo, Columbus, Chinook and Citra. We’re informed that it is an unpasteurised and strong beer, backed up by the fact that 6.2 alc./vol. is also mentioned. We’re told we have an EBC (colour) measurement of 21 and an EBU (bitterness) measurement of 63. We also have the English translation of Vuur & Vlam given too us… Fire & Flames. But once we get to the bottom of our label we are finally told what type of beer this is. It’s an IPA. But oddly this South Holland brewer has stuck ISH just after the description. Not particularly precise.
India Pale Ale – ish ? How very odd.
But to be honest once I’d opened the bottle and had a good ol’ sniff and a large ol’ gulp I couldn’t have given two hoots about the ish thing because what I had in front of me was an finely packaged ale that smelled fantastic and tasted great, really really great.
The nose was one of beautiful caramel which I would never bore of and the taste is a tropical caramel delight. Texture wise even though V&V is highly carbonated it is also somehow wildly smooth.
My one criticism is that it is just lacking a little bit of umph. Possibly lacking, ironically you could say, Fire & Flames…
This is a genuinely wonderful beer and with just a little injection of F&F it would have blown the roof of the MOB testing hut clean off.
Jymi’s Rating: 85%
Sammy’s Rating: 86%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85.5%
MOB review next weekend: SECRET DES MOINES by BRASSERIE GOUDALE