|On a visit to the Shevet Brewstilley|
in Pardes Hanna, the old blogger
met the partners:
Brewmaster Lior Balmas (center)
and chief distiller Neil Wasserman.
(Photo: Mike Horton)
On the bottle, you read that Shevet Double Bock is made with Carapils and Munich malts (hinting at a fuller mouthfeel and some malty, nutty notes) and two "Noble" hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh and Saphir (bringing something sweet and spicy into the mix). Let's see how this works in reality.
The beer pours a clear copper color, with a lively effervescence that produces a small, yellow-white head. The dominant aroma is sweet malt, very appetizing, followed by bread, caramel and dark molasses. The taste is sweet and heavy and full of complexities. My drinking partner Moshe and I got notes of malt, wood, caramel, toffee and chestnuts. Despite all the sweet notes, the finish is dry and bitter.
"This is not a summer beach beer," Moshe said. And he was right. This is a drink-alone beer for a cool evening. But if you are having your double bock with food, enjoy it with only the most rich, roasty foods or with any chocolate candy or cake.
The Small Batch beers from Shevet continue to maintain their high level of innovation and quality. Most of their beers, in fact, are the only examples of a style brewed in Israel. That's what makes it so exciting to see what new beers will be coming next from Shevet. Any guesses?