According to legend, a cruel giant named Druon Antigoon, who was so large that his legs straddled the banks of the Scheldt river in Antwerp, would stop boats entering the harbor and demand a toll. For those who refused, he severed one of their hands. One day a Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo cut off Antigoon’s hand and tossed it into the river. According to folklore this legend is the origin of the name Antwerp: “hand werpen” meaning “hand thrown.”
Bright yellow appearance, lightly hazy. Thick plume of white foam reaches two fingers width. Lovely streams of carbonation rise about the sides of the glass.
Pours a cloudy, dark golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.
The nose suggests a lot of what will come in the taste - nice bready/biscuit flavor, a bit of mellow funk from the yeast, sweet and malty balance, with earthy hop and a hint of fennel that round the flavor out nicely.
The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation for the style, a clean dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness from the hop.