R43, Hermanus Road
Next time you head out to Hermanus to go and do a bit of whale watching or wine tasting you might want to consider stretching your legs in Botrivier, specifically at the Honingklip farm. As with any journey refreshments are essential and there is nothing more refreshing than a cold beer on a warm day, or even a cold day.
A beautiful setting makes this place quite a find and you can easily spend a good amount of time here. The owners, Mark and Analize, are very friendly and have a real passion for making beer. They incorporate a strong Belgian influence into their beers and this can be seen in the range they currently produce.
A light beer with some fruit flavours, preferred more by people who don’t really drink beer (yes, they’re out there..). It has an alcohol percentage of 4% so you can drink it all day long and not get too clever.
A white Belgian beer consisting of 40% wheat and 60% barley malt. It is flavoured with coriander, chamomile and lemon zest giving it a refreshing lemony taste. It has an alcohol percentage of 5%.
A Belgian style blonde beer consisting of 100% barley malt and its lightly hopped. Described as a more flavoursome replacement for a lager. Alcohol percentage of 5%.
- India Pale Ale (IPA)
The Dubbel is described on their website as “a Belgian style dubbel, inspired by Trappist and abbey beers”. According to that very insightful and knowledgeable website wikipedia Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist breweries which are eight monasteries (6 in Belgium, 1 in the Netherlands and 1 in Austria).
Both local and imported barley malt is used in the making of the Dubbel, combined with dark kandijsuiker (sugar candy), and it is lightly hopped. You do get some caramel flavours coming through from the kandijsuiker but not too overpowering. Alcohol percentge at 7%.
Similar to the Dubbel it is also a Belgian style beer inspired by Trappist and abbey beers. Again both local and imported barley malt is used, light kandijsuiker (sugar candy) added and it is also slightly hopped. The beer tastes quite light for such a high alcohol percentage at 9%.
I stumbled across an explanation (or rather some theories) on the main difference between Dubbel and Trippel:
The Honingklip Stout is smooth and gives a slight chocolate taste. It consists of 10% oats, 90% local and imported barley malt and chocolate malt and is flavoured with chocolate nibs. Alcohol percentage is at 5%.
How to get there
Honingklip breweries can be found on the Honingklip farm situated on the R43, Hermanus Road. When opting for the N2 you will just take the R43 heading toward Hermanus, roughly 1.5 km before you get the R44 Kleinmond turnoff. When you choose the scenic coastal route via Gordon’s Bay on the R44 you will turn left at the T-junction on the R43 towards Botrivier. You will find Honingklip farm on your left after about 1.5km.
Be on the lookout for the sign as it was not very apparent when we drove past.
When to visit:
Friday: 14h00 – 18h00
Sat & Sun: 11h00 – 18h00
Holidays: 11h00 – 18h00
All other times they are open by appointment only.
For more information you can visit their website at http://www.honingklip.co.za/