Donkere Vader in Dutch means “Dark Father”, this beer comes from an collaboration with the Canadian-Dutch friend Derek Walsh. Derek is a beers judge of international fame, has a great knowledge and a very analytical approach; we’ve known for several years, and the name of this beer is a reference to him, my “dark father.”
Several years ago he asked me to brewed a beer together, our common objective was a Black IPA that was not dominated by toasted malts (as unfortunately often felt in most of the examples on the market) to allow the hops to release all their freshness in freedom.
Proudly brewed with an implicit attraction to the dark side of hops.
In the glass, to the nose and in the mouth …
The Donkere Vader has dark brown. Is not too dark since it has not a large amount of roasted malts.
The aroma is very lively: the scents of German and American hops give hints of citrus and tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit), accompanied by a background of fresh herb. In the mouth we find the malt with caramel, hints of crème brulée and delicate roasts that are always polite and do not interfere with the balance of the beer, which always keeps a fresh verve.
The finish bitterness is persistent and closes with aftertaste feelings brightly hopped.