This beer is brewed in honour of St Martin, the patron saint of the Haarlem brewer’s guild. During the Middle Ages, craftsmen were required to create a masterpiece to prove their skill. In Haarlem, the most prominent guild was the brewer’s guild, called the St Martin’s guild. This beer is brewed annually as a limited edition and the recipe is different every year.
Jopen Meesterstuk 2012 is a Russian Imperial Stout containing 10% alcohol by volume. Meesterstuk has been brewed with various barley malts and roasted rye malt and has a strong, full-bodied flavour. The roasted malt gives it a toasted character that is reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, while the American hops varieties give the beer its fruity character. Its high ABV and secondary bottle fermentation makes it a beer that can ideally be preserved so that the flavours can continue to develop.
|Variety:||Russian Imperial Stout|
|Flavour:||Full-bodied and strong, roasted and burnt flavours of coffee and chocolate.|
|Food combo:||Chocolate dessert|