Abbey provides new Inspiration
Inveralmond’s De Mons influenced by Belgian brewers
• The beer was inspired by Belgian brews.
PERTH’S Inveralmond Brewery has launched the second in its Inspiration series of beers, which are inspired by brews from around the world.
De Mons is a 6% ABV beer which is said to have been influenced by Belgian abbey beers.
Developed by Inveralmond’s head brewer Ken Duncan, De Mons joins Czech pilsner-inspired brew Sunburst – the inaugural beer in the Inspiration Series which was launched earlier this year.
De Mons, which is available to the on and off-trades in 330ml bottle format, is described as a “fruity and malty” beer with a “drinkability” factor. The beer is made using yeast sourced in Belgium and is said to pair well with slow-roasted lamb, lamb tagine and dishes that contain garlic.
Duncan said he has been a fan of Belgian artisan beers for many years, adding that they provided “healthy inspiration” for De Mons.
“I first brewed a Belgian beer over 20 years ago and have wanted to develop my own version ever since,” he said.
“There is a huge beer culture in Belgium. There are around 100 breweries there and literally thousands of beers to choose from – their range is enormous.
“I’ve always wanted to tap into their distinctive flavours and pay homage and show our appreciation for their world-class creations.
“Belgian beers are strong, but our new brew, De Mons, is not about strength, it is all about flavour. It is very fruity on the nose and has esters, hints of clove and a spiciness that comes from the yeast we use. The aroma is heady and the flavour is reminiscent of ripe figs and raisins.”
Inveralmond launched De Mons last month with an online tasting on YouTube – similar to the way in which it launched Sunburst.
And Bob Hogg, commercial director at Inveralmond Brewery, said more beers will be added to the Inspiration series going forward.
“After the success of Inspiration #1, Sunburst, it has proved that the passion and creativity being poured into this series of brews is already paying off,” said Hogg.
“I am confident that we will see a surge of interest in our latest brew, De Mons, from beer lovers in the UK and possibly further afield.
“We are finding that we are being asked when the next in the series is launching on a daily basis.
“Also, the level of commitment to the product development process has allowed us to exceed our own expectations and begin to open up these new products to new consumers.”