Wondering about other's impressions of Strisselspalt hops. Seems to be a little-used hop, but I'm thinking I like it. I can't find much info on it's usage.
I've used them in 2 beers now, and I'm trying to determine what contribution they've made to the aroma/flavor profile of the finished beer. The ingredients (variables) are confounded, so I'm wondering if others can share their observations.
Both beers (more in Beer 2) have a subtle but distinct/noticeable anise/herbal/dark fruit aroma and flavor. Strisselspalt is described as having anything from a lemony to a black current aroma. I haven't smelled black currents. When I tasted it in Beer 1, I figured it was the yeast, but now that same flavor/aroma is in Beer 2.
- Have others noticed a significant contribution to aroma/flavor from Strisselspalt?
- These beers are my first 2 uses of Caravienne, so could that be contributing to this flavor?
Beer 1: La Fin du Monde Inspired Tripel
Grainbill: 63% Pils, 17% Flaked Wheat, 14% Cane Sugar, 7% Caravienne, 1% Aromatic.
Hops: Sterling (1.75oz, 60 min, 25 IBU), Styrian Goldings (1oz, 30 min, 6 IBU), Strisselspalt (1oz, 15 min, 4 IBU)
Yeast: WY3864PC, Unibroue
Beer 2: Saison
Grainbill: 53% Pils, 27% Flaked Wheat, 13% Cane Sugar, 7% Caravienne, 1% Aromatic.
Hops: Sterling (1oz, 60min, 16 IBU), Sterling (1oz, 40min, 14 IBU), Strisselspalt (1oz, 20min, 4 IBU), Strisselspalt (1oz, 5min, 1 IBU), Wet Cascade (3oz, dry)
- The grainbill from Beer 2 was inspired by Beer 1 cuz I liked it.
- So both beers have a base of Pils with a high % of raw wheat.
- Both have Caravienne and some aromatic.
Thanks for any feedback.