New Iron Maiden ale has a Belgian twist
Added: Monday, July 10th 2017
British rock legends Iron Maiden and independent family brewers Robinson's have revealed a brand new Belgian style beer: Hallowed. The new ale follows on from the success of Trooper, whjich has sold mofre than 15 million pints sincve its launch in 2013. It was followed by limited edition Trooper 666 and Red 'n' Black.
Once again, Robinson's master brewer Martyn Weeks and Iron Maiden's lead vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson have teamed up to create something special for beer and music fans alike.
Bruce Dickinson (see above launching the beer in Antwerp) says: “What makes this brew pretty special is that we’re adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time. I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it’s as much a way of life as it is a drink. We’ve tried to bottle that philosophy in Hallowed, albeit with a British twist.”
At 6.0% ABV in a 330ml bottle, Hallowed is a Belgian-inspired beer that’s brewed in England. It is also one of the first beers to be brewed by Robinsons Brewery that uses Belgian yeast. Robinson's hasn’t changed the yeast used in its beers since 1942, which makes Hallowed even more special.
Martyn Weeks says: “It’s all in the yeast. Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters. Put simply, this means more flavour and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat.”
Hallowed’s innovative bottle label pays tribute to Belgian beer, presenting Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie, robed in traditional monk’s clothing -- a nod to the Trappist monastic brewing tradition in Belgium.
Hallowed will be available from October 2017 for a limited period of four months. Information on exactly where the beer will be available will be released on Iron Maiden Beer’s and Robinsons Brewery’s social media accounts in due course.