Henry and his Science is the first beer in a series of a new style of non-alcoholic beers called Flemish Primitive. The beer, which is brewed with Mikkeller’s own yeast strain.
Henry and the Science is a an example of a ’Flemish Primitive’ style, where the specific yeast strain, mikkellensis, gives a typical passion fruit aroma to a non-alcoholic beer.
De Proefbrouwerij filed the name ‘Flemish Primitive’ as a trademark. The Flemish Primitives were painters, who brought a new vibe in painting, similar to what De Proufbrouwerij is doing with bio-flavouring in beer.
In the recipes of the ‘Flemish Primitive’ the brewer chooses raw materials, which support the body of the beer, but do not give specific overwhelming, recognisable aromas. It is mainly a neutral Pilsner malt, accompanied by some other neutral grains like wheat, rye, oats, etc. So no caramelised or roasted grains are used.
There are no spices and the choice / dosage of hops is chosen in this way that they are not recognisable in aroma, and do not give more than 10 EBC (a light color) to the beer.
“The main aim is to show the consumer how the microorganisms influence the beer. Flemish Primitive beers can be fruity or funky and are often accompanied by lactic or acetic acidity, which might give you give the impression of drinking ‘a marriage between beer and lemonade’ The beers are low in alcohol, pleasant and easily drinkable for a general consumer public,” explains Dirk Naudts, owner of De Proefbrouwerij.
Alcohol Free Beers are made just like the alcoholic ones with water, yeast, hops and barley. Some are brewed to a lower ABV and some have the alcohol removed through various techniques. Across Europe beers below 0.5% ABV are classed as ‘alcohol free’. In the UK drinks that are between 0.05% and 0.5% ABV are classed as non-alcoholic.
How is this product Vegan Friendly?
The drink is free from any animal products or derivatives. In addition the bottle, label and glue is also free from animal products.
How is this low sugar and what about the carbs?
As defined by governmental guidelines ow sugar means the drink contains less than 2.5g of sugar per 100mls. Products with a higher sugar content cause a spike in insulin and we react by storing more carbs as fat. You may also notice that although lower in sugar there is some carbs, this is usually more complex forms of sugar such as starches and fibre and the body uses these for energy.