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22 May 2011 - 3:14:21 AM
Brouwerij De 7 Deugden

My Dutch brewery tour continues, this time with Brouwerij De 7 Deugden (7 Stars Brewery). They did their first bottling in March, so they are Amsterdam's newest brewery, although Veenhuizen's Maallust is slightly newer. Heard about these two via a colleague of Rene's, the beer connoisseur Harry Pinkster, whose web site details all the Dutch breweries and beers he's tried. I also found out via his site that I basically walked right by Brouwerij Zeeburg while meandering around the neighborhood near the IJ Brewery. Doh!

7 Deugden is not as centrally located as the others, and especially not as De Prael, a brewpub located smack dab in the city center that was unfortunately closed April 26th to May 26th to move to a new, bigger location, just around the corner from its original spot. But it was a pretty straightforward trip to 7 Deugden's west Amsterdam location. Tram 17 to its second to last stop, then a mile north along Osdorperweg, which starts as a bike/pedestrian path but becomes a regular road, with the same name conveniently enough. You can also take tram 13 to its end, but you have to wander through some neighborhood streets and then hop on a bike path through the fields for a bit. Straightforward or adventurous, your pick.

The owner spent time in Colorado and brought back a few experimental ideas with him. He's still tweaking the recipes, so basically your mileage may vary if and when you try these. Nice folks at 7 Deugden -- I wish them much success.

    Rob's Picks
  • Wijs+Neuzig - 5% - (Wise and Nosey) Spicy aroma, light in color. Immediate zing, then mellows to a nice maltiness, with a bit of a hoppy finish. Slight tart edge. Really fun summer beer.
  • Stout+Moedig - 7.5% - (Stout and Bold) Very dark color. Sweet, strong aroma. Thicker than the others. Initial sweetness to good coffee flavor, then nice smokiness. Can still taste the malty base. A Dutch stout.
  • Dubbel+Dik - 7.5% - (Dubbel and Fat) This might be my favorite dubbel so far, which isn't saying much, mainly because it's not as sweet as the other dubbels. I think it's pretty good, but folks who like the regular dubbels probably won't like this one...
    The Rest
  • Arm+Zalig - 5% - (Poor and Glorious) Made with juniper berries. They add a little something to the subtle aroma and give a nice balance to the malty sweetness. But a little too light and watery on the tongue for me.
  • Scherp+Zinnig - 5% - (Sharp and Sensible) Fruity aroma. Light, but a fuller taste than A+Z. Good hoppiness. It's a chili pepper beer, but this batch didn't have enough peppers, so the spiciness is very, very subtle, although it's more present in the aftertaste as it builds up. Does add a slight edge to an otherwise lightly bready blond. Still tweaking the recipe -- first batch was way too spicy, apparently, but next batch will kick it up a bit. Probably would've been a Pick if it had been spicier.
  • Scheepsrecht - 8% - (hard to translate, sort of "third time hits true") Tripel made with cloves. Strong clove aroma and taste. Blends really well with the caramel flavor. Very drinkable, too, but the clove taste became a bit too much for me. A little less clove and this would be great.

De 7 Deugden
Tasting a beer at De 7 Deugden -- Amsterdam, Netherlands

They do not yet have logo glassware, which I suppose is good for me. Carrying around one glass through Europe is one glass too many -- two glasses would be even worse. I did manage to travel around Patagonia with three glasses at one point, but I like to think I can learn something from past experiences. Guess I'll see how well that holds up...
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