Jopen Malle Babbe (330ml Bottle)
Jopen Malle Babbe is a ‘dunkel weizen’ (dark wheat beer). Just like a regular ‘weizen’ it has a fruity (banana) character with a slightly spicy touch of cloves and bay leaves. Another aspect of this beer is the fact that some dark wheat malts have been used which give it more colour, but also a somewhat fuller, slightly caramel-like flavour. The whirlpool addition of Saphir hops gives Jopen Malle Babbe an extra fruity flavour. Saphir is a German hop with a bit of American citrus character. There is some resemblance with the Fokker Beer of 2011, but this is really a very different dunkel weizen.
According to some stories Malle Babbe was a Haarlem prostitute in the time of the painter Frans Hals. Frans Hals portrayed her and the painting of Malle Babbe can nowadays be seen in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie. In the Netherlands she gained fame through a song that Lennard Nijgh originally wrote about her. Sung by Rob de Nijs with the music from Boudewijn de Groot, this song became a hit in 1975.
A dark take on the German wheat theme, dunkelweizens have the same banana and clove notes of their pale cousins, but also have earthy, toasty, chocolatey notes from the addition of dark malts. They are "shoulder season" wheat beers to many drinkers - something a little more robust than a hefeweizen for the fall and spring seasons, but not as rich as winter’s weizenbocks. Alcohol is between 4.8-5.6% generally, bitterness is low, and carbonation is high. Occasionally, you will see dark versions of American Wheats, but these are uncommon.