Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Coopers Vintage 2010

Thanks to Matt at http://www.brewsnews.com.au/ for this.

Coopers has announced the forthcoming release of their (usually) annual Extra Strong Vintage Ale.

The release has been brought forward into winter "so it's available through the cold winter months".  Good idea.  I always look forward to the release of the Vintage Ale, but have recently felt somewhat disappointed. They do change recipe year on year, sometimes it's good, sometimes not so.  2007 and 2008 were my recent favourites, and the 1999 was still drinkable when I last had one 6 months ago.

2010 will be interesting. The hop variety Nelson Sauvin is one of several being used. This is what gives Knappstein Reserve Lager its unique fruit bowl flavour and aroma.  With a mid-orange hue, there'd also be a decent malt bill, which will be an interesting counterpoint to the fruity hops.  Although the malt varieties are not mentioned in the press release, you'd think there will be some cara/crystal, and maybe some Munich or Vienna to give it that colour.  So some toast & caramel to balance the fruit character & bitterness. I'm already thinking this is going to come out like an American double IPA.

I look forward to it.

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