Our Summer Seasonal ‘Belgian Enkel’ is Now on Tap, 1st December 2016
Changing with the seasons, currently a Belgian Rye
ABV / 5.6% . IBU / 18 . EBC / 30
Given our recent ‘genuflection’ to the monastic contribution to beer and brewing (‘Rye Dubbel’ and the upcoming fruit infused ‘Tripel’), we thought it would be fun and a point of difference to brew our take on a little known or understood style – ‘Enkel’ – sometimes also referred to as ‘Patersbier’. The term ‘Enkel’ means ‘Single’, and traditionally was most likely the weaker ‘final runnings’ from a ‘brewers mash’ and was the beer Monks brewed for their own everyday consumption – as such the style was never released for external sale beyond monastery walls. A simple (yet not particularly accurate) way to understand the monastic style categorisations would be Enkel (Single – around 5.5% ABV); Dubbel (Double – a brown ale around 7% ABV): and, Tripel (Triple – a golden ale 8% + ABV).
For ease of reference, Enkel is possibly best equated with the Belgian ‘Blonde’ pale ale style and the point of difference – as is the general rule with Belgian beers – is the unique flavour characters imparted by Belgian yeasts……..fruity and spicy. Our Enkel is deep tarnished gold in colour and, amongst the aforementioned typical yeast derived fruit/spice accents, also reveals more unique hints of dried fruits and red berry. Perhaps it could be viewed as our yuletide beer, and a definite deviation from the hop driven pale ales that abound.