The Wipers Times 14 by Brouwerij de Kazematten
Belgian Pale Ale, 6.2%
The Wipers Times 14 is a Belgian Pale Ale made with local “Blessed Thistle” and hops. It blends flavours and aromas of grass, mango and peaches against a grainy maltiness. Its smooth, creamy quality is finished with a dryness that lingers on the palate
The live tasting of this beer was on 16th December 2021 #BeerBods
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Based in Ypres, Belgium, Brouwerij de Kazematten is the brainchild of Hans Depypere and Rudi Ghequire. After many successful years in the industry, working for the likes of Rodenbach and St Bernardus, the duo set their sights on a new project, opting to go it alone and start a microbrewery of their own.
Ypres has a rich beer history. In the mid-17th century there were nearly thirty breweries and distilleries. After the First World War, only five breweries started up again. By 1976 none remained.
This all changed In 2013 when the pair set up shop in the basements of the fortress walls that surround the city. They brewed the first batch of the Wipers Times Blond, and in doing so bought the brewing tradition back to Ypres for the first time in nearly forty years.
The casemates or basements, within the walls of the city were built around 1680 and over the centuries were used as a storage place for ammunition and military equipment. They also served as sleeping quarters for the British troops that defended Ypres during the first world war. The basements now house Kazematten’s brew kit and also provide almost perfect conditions for ageing a number of traditional Belgian beers.
For tonight’s beer, we have The Wipers Times 14. A Belgian Pale Ale made with local “Blessed Thistle” and hops. It blends flavours and aromas of grass, mango and peaches against a grainy maltiness. Its smooth, creamy quality is finished with a dryness that lingers on the palate.