Belgian organic hops

The hop is by nature a climbing plant. The hop plants need to be trained to grow up strings or wires which support the plants and allow them significantly greater sunlight exposure as well as growth than if they were left to grow along the ground.

Male and female flowers of the hop plant develop on separate plants; it is important to note that only the female plants are grown in hopfields to prevent pollination and preserve the integrity of the hop for brewing and other uses.

On his farm's 12,5 hectares Joris grows a mix of aroma and high alpha hops. The cultivars include the English varieties Goldings, WGV, Pilgrim, Fuggle, Phoenix, Challenger and the American varieties Cascade and Centennial.

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Cascade

Released
1970
Country of origin
USA
Aroma
Medium intensity floral, citrus and grapefruit.
Bittering characteristics
Primarily used as an aroma hop, but delivers a smooth integrated bitterness.
Flavor intensity
9/10
Type
aroma
Alpha acids
4.5 - 7.0%
Used in beers

Centennial

Released
1990
Country of origin
USA
Aroma
Flowery, fruity with fine citrus. Is seen as a super-Cascade but lighter on the citrus.
Bittering characteristics
Primarily used as an aroma hop, but delivers a smooth integrated bitterness.
Flavor intensity
9/10
Type
dual purpose
Alpha acids
7 - 12%
Used in beers

Challenger

Released
1972
Country of origin
UK
Aroma
Spicy, cedar, green tea and sweet floral characteristics.
Bittering characteristics
As a bittering hop it provides a refreshing, full-bodied rounded bitterness and as a late hop, it gives a very crisp and fruity character.
Flavor intensity
7/10
Type
dual purpose
Alpha acids
6.5 - 9.0%
Used in beers

Fuggle

Released
1875
Country of origin
UK
Aroma
It has a wonderful, delicate, minty, grassy and slightly floral aroma.
Bittering characteristics
Fuggle bittering characteristics are described as well rounded, classic and green tea.
Flavor intensity
6/10
Type
aroma
Alpha acids
3,5 - 6,5%
Used in beers

Goldings

Released
1790
Country of origin
UK
Aroma
Smooth and delicate with floral lavender, spice and honey overtones.
Bittering characteristics
This hop has a very fine aroma, sweet, smooth and honey-like and is appropriately called the king of the English hops.
Flavor intensity
6/10
Type
aroma
Alpha acids
4.0 - 9.5%

Phoenix

Released
1996
Country of origin
UK
Aroma
Phoenix has excellent fresh flavour characteristics that include pine, floral, chocolate, molasses and slightly spicy.
Bittering characteristics
Phoenix produces a well-balanced and rich bitterness
Flavor intensity
5/10
Type
bitter
Alpha acids
8 - 12%
Used in beers

Pilgrim

Released
2001
Country of origin
UK
Aroma
Distinctly fruity and spicy with pleasant lemon/grapefruit, pear and berry characteristics.
Bittering characteristics
As a bittering hop it provides a refreshing, full-bodied and rounded bitterness.
Flavor intensity
6/10
Type
dual purpose
Alpha acids
9.0 - 13.0%

WGV

Released
1911
Country of origin
UK
Aroma
Fresh earthy, botanical and floral flavors.
Bittering characteristics
WGV gives a mild, clean bitterness in traditional ales.
Flavor intensity
7/10
Type
dual purpose
Alpha acids
5.0 - 7.5%
Used in beers