Collaboration No. 1

For this inaugural installment of collaboration brews, we invited distinguished Belgian brewer Jean-Marie Rock to join our own Steven Pauwels for a zymological alliance. The two conspired to revive a recipe from the very beginning of Rock’s career, the memory of which he has cherished for more than 30 years. A starkly simple recipe combined with a painstakingly complex brewing process produce an Imperial Pilsner of subtle elegance and delicately balanced contrasts. First wort hopping, a very old technique in which hops normally added late in the boil are put in at the beginning, and allowed to steep for a much longer time, gives the beer an especially refined hop aroma and flavor. The 100% Pilsner malt makes a clear, yet restrained statement, answered by a stead, harmonious chorus of Saaz hop bitterness, echoes of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

Color (EBC) 7.6
Bitterness (IBUs) 29
Original Gravity (Plato) 15.5
Terminal Gravity (Plato) 2.0
Alcohol (ABV) 8%
CO2 - Bottles 3.15 vol (6.3 g/L)
CO2 - Kegs N/A

Aroma
Malt
Hops
Balance
Body

Ingredients

Malt: Pilsner
Hops: Saaz

Pairings