Krent & Bol


Gelukkig nieuw jaar! (Happy New Year in Dutch!). Another year around the sun completed, many great beers drunk and adventures had! Just on a small sentimental note, it marks the one-year mark of writing these reviews for De Molen which is something I’m still over the moon about, so thanks team! Now, down to business…

Krent & Bol (Currant & Ball- literally currant bun!) is very much a beer to kick-start the year with (especially if your resolution to eat more fruit...or breakfast...use your imagination). It’s quite literally what the experience of eating a currant bun feels like. It begins with a full-on sweet, sugary hit followed by a distinct, slightly anti-stringent dried currant element. The vanilla seeps in afterwards adding a depth to the sweetness and adds some milky notes while creating a creamier flavour which plays nicely with the yeast’s appearance at this point.

Now, I need to make it clear- I really, really enjoy the taste of yeast, so this was a high point for me, but for other people who don’t do things like tasting raw bread dough, it’s not an overwhelming flavour, and in fact helps temper the sweetness from the sugar, accenturates the fruity part of the currant flavour, and provide a lovely sparkling texture with a bit of a champagne brightness to the taste. - almost champagne-y.

To have so many distinct yet congruous themes stages run though a beer is wizardry to me. From sweetness to a full flavour which reminds you the base of this beer without all the accoutrements is fantastic to a champagne pop at the end and the realisation it really, actually tastes like a krentenbol, I could not be more surprised by how much I loved this. I hope you will too! 

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