Despite the fact that they share a border with Belgium, I can't name a single Dutch beer I am a fan of. Maybe it was getting off to a bad start with Heineken, maybe it's because I tend towards the local stuff in a pinch, I don't know. Probably it was trying to wrap my head around the idea that some people drink Grolsch on purpose. For whatever reason, when I saw that today's advent beer, Nood & Deugd, originated from Holland, I had a bit of trepidation. Turns out I needn't have worried.
It turns out that I was trying a schwarzbier, and it wasn't an ale after all, but a dark lager. Another rich and satisfying evening drink, with the bitterness offset by hints of chocolate and coffee, not unlike many porters and stouts.
Furthermore, Nood & Deugd turns out to have been a happy accident that resulted when too many and the wrong malts were added to a brew intended to make a lighter Bohemian Lager. Thus the name, which is Dutch for 'Necessity and Virtue'.
In addition to being a delightful seasonal surprise, the Craft Beer Advent Calendar is batting three for three, as all of the offerings are beers I would like to try again. Which I am certain is part of the intent!