does it really matter?
Belgian beer is known for its glassware. Every beer has its own glass, carefully selected by the brewer. You might think that it is all just marketing. Different glass shapes are however essential in bringing out the specific characteristics and aromas of each beer.
And of course, presentation is everything. When beer is served in a nice glass, the mental process for positive thinking and enjoyment is triggered. The shape of the glass also affects the formation and retention of the foam on the head of the beer. Named after the flower for obvious reasons, the tulip glass has a round body before narrowing and opening up again. This kind of glass is perfect for beers with a voluminous head of foam like Duvel.
Chalices are usually heavy, thick-walled and have a wide opening. These glasses feature a wide mouth perfect for taking deep sips and are designed to maximize head. Sometimes, they will even be rimmed in gold for a touch of pure sophistication. These glasses are perfect to enjoy a nice tripel for instance, think about the glass of a Golden Carolus.
And what about the special details? Hopus for instance, a beer served with a twist because you get two glasses: a large, flared tulip glass and a little yeast glass. Be careful when pouring the beer and save the last two centimetres of the bottle for the shot glass, capturing the residue that sinks to the bottom during fermentation. The idea is to first try the beer without the residue. Afterwards add the yeast shot to the beer and see how it changes the flavor in the next sip.
How is it done?
- To obtain this result, it is essential to keep the bottles upright prior to opening.
- Carefully empty the bottle into the large glass. Make sure your pour is steady and smooth.
- Keep about 1 cm in the bottle.
- Roll the bottle between your hands to release the residue from the bottom.
- Pour the yeast into the small glass.
- First taste the beer in the large glass. Add the contents of the yeast glass and try again.
Is it better with or without the yeast?
Of course, the ultimate answer lies in personal preference. The beer without the yeast is relatively bitter. When the residue is added, the taste will be less bitter and somewhat rounder.
Feel free to let us know what you think!