Brewed: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Strength: 5% ABV
Heavily inspired by the often forgotten history of Dutch brewing, using herbs, spices and fruits brought home by Dutch sailors, Lowlander Beer use botanicals during the brewing process of all of their beers. Named after the literal meaning of The Netherlands (‘Low Lands’), the brewery source all of their botanicals, herbs and spices from Jacob Hooy, the oldest spice store in Amsterdam and intend to ‘create great tasting beers which are full of both character and flavour.’
The brewery’s white ale is inspired by the story of Dutch navigator and Arctic explorer Willem Barentsz, and is brewed with the peel from bitter curaçao orange, elderflower and chamomile. When poured, the beer has a golden opaque body and has a complex nose that shares floral similarities with gin. Prominent aromas of orange are joined by floral and herbal notes with some additional woody pine. On the palate, Lowlander’s white ale has a refreshing citrus burst that’s teamed with some crisp apple, mild sourness (not too dissimilar from Belgian Lambic) and pronounced, sweet floral savours that follow and continue into a refreshing, very slightly bitter finish that doesn’t linger. As well as having an exceptional depth of character from the botanicals, this is a particularly enjoyable white ale, brewed in a traditional low lands style.
Further information on Lowlander Beer can be found at lowlander-beer.com.