Tasting a new brand of beer; Brand
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After a long working day that ended around 10 pm we were luckily able to have a cold beer in the graden of the monastary. They only had two types of beers in the bar; one was the brown Leffe and the other one was a Dutch beer named Brand, which I neve had tasted before and I naturally went for that. The beer was a pilsner type, which I found quite neutral and nice. The Brand Brewery is a Dutch brewery founded in 1871 by the Brand family in Wijlre in Holland. The name comes from the Brand family, who in 1871 purchased the oldest brewery in Holland, which was from 1340. The Brand beer is today a part of the Heineken group but the family have remained in the management after its acquisition.
The brewery produces eight beers.
- Brand Pils is a 5.0% pale lager made since 1902, which was the one I had. It is sold in the United States as Royal Brand Beer.
- Brand Urtyp is a 5.5% abv pale lager introduced in 1952 and claimed to be based on the Pilsener recipe from 1842 - Urtyp stands for "original".
- Brand Oud Bruin (Brand Old Brown) is a 3.5% abv brown ale.
- Brand Cuvée a 5.5% abv top fermenting pale lager.
- Brand Imperator (since 1949) - 6.5% abv - amber colored, full malted premium beer.
- Brand Meibock (since 1994) a 6.5% abv goldbrown Spring seasonal beer.
- Brand Dubbelbock (since 1987) a 7.5% abv Autumn seasonal beer.
- Brand Sylvester (since 1984) a 7.5% abv Winter seasonal beer.