Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ölbeat 032: Brouwerij Kees Export Porter 1750

Brewery: Brouwerij Kees
Country: the Netherlands
Style: Imperial Porter
Abv: 10,5 %
The name: Porter made with a 1750 RIS recipe
Brouwerij Kees, founded in 2014, is a microbrewery in Middelburg, the Netherlands. The brewery is owned by former Emelisse master brewer Kees Bubberman. The young brewery has already been awarded Ratebeer's best new brewery in the Netherlands and in Europe and #4 in the world in 2015. Achievements will probably keep Bubberman satisfied for a relatively short time, since his aim is to produce the finest beer in the Netherlands. Export Porter 1750 is one of the top-rated beers from the brewery and of the style, so the expectations are high. 

What about the beer?
Colour is dark-roast coffee black with thin quickly vanishing beige head. Aroma has roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Taste starts with sweet roasted malts and a snap of hops. Fresh black coffee takes over in an instant. Dark chocolate and hints of vanilla show up in palate. Aftertaste has coffee, bitterness and caramel malts.

Rich, complex and exciting porter - excellent brew. The combination of strong coffee flavor, deeply roasted caramel malts and bitter finish just can't go wrong. The brewery made a difference and turned out be worth more exploration.


As darkness and sweetness were combined in the brew, so should they be in the matching song, too. The heavy metal genre offered this beauty with the beast:

Amaranthe: Amaranthine (YouTube)

From the 2011 album Amaranthe, the song was written by guitarist-keyboardist Olof Mörck and vocalists Jake E. Lundberg and Andreas Solveström. The Swedish band is known for having three vocalists: singing female (Elize Ryd), singing male (Lundberg) and growling male (until 2013 Solveström, from 2013 Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson). The song's music is a mix of metal ballad and melodic metal with synthesizer elements. The lyrics form a love poem, where the poet sees love overcome darkness and ongoing battle. The poem is addressed to the one, who is the poet's "amaranthine", Greek word meaning immortal or everlasting. Both combining the different genres and writing positive-mooded lyrics for metal songs are distinctive features of the band's music, that divides the listeners to lovers and haters. Sometimes you have to break boundaries to make a difference - that's what connects the song and Export Porter 1750.

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