Not too much of a surprise as Dogfish Head had Urkontinent on the 2012 schedule, but with no release date. This worldly offering is a techie collaboration with a fairly unknown company called Google. Do a Yahoo search to find out who they are. The beer is styled after a Belgian dubbel, using a host of worldly ingredients. It was released last year at the brewpub. The video below gives you all you need to know about this “feedback” based beer.
URKontinent is brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel. It begins with Pilsner, Munich and Chocolate Malts and Belgian Dark Candi syrup. Then we add unique ingredients from around the world. Wattleseed from Australia imparts a chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut taste to the beer. Toasted Amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor. Green Rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency. Myrica Gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping. Hive Plex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.The careful combination of all these ingredients creates a complex dark Belgian style ale with wonderful coffee and chocolate covered cherry flavors. The roastiness of the malt and wattleseed melds with the fruity esters from the yeast, the floral notes from the rooibos, and the malty yet dry signature of a Belgian Dubbel. Perfect to enjoy with friends as the weather begins to cool.
Let’s look at what the hell these ingredients are:
Amaranth – the grain is gluten free, and has an earthy/nutty flavor. South America
Rooibos – Part of the legume family. Adds a bit of astringency to this beer. Africa.
Myrica Gale – Also called bog myrtle. Perfumey and floral. European origin.
Honey – Comes from bees. California bees to be exact. Google bees. See video.
Wattle Seeds – Australia. Adds chocolate & coffee flavors
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft.
More info to come (not live yet) http://www.dogfish.com/Urkontinent