This IPA has an abundance of culinary potential, especially when it comes to food pairing with appetizers, starters and main courses. Snacks or ingredients with a salty and/or smoked touch such as black olive tapenade, salty nuts or smoked halibut fit perfectly in a pairing at Van Bulck IPA & Szechuan. The fresh fruity aromas and pleasant bitterness will soften all salty and/or smoked notes, thus rebalancing the flavors. Bitter accents in a dish, such as when you work with chicory, lamb’s lettuce, celery or asparagus, then merge nicely with the bitterness in the beer, pushing the other flavors forward. Be careful with pronounced sour or sweet flavors, both will damage the taste of the beer, causing you to miss a lot of its flavor and character.
The beer also pairs easily with snacks and dishes with a full flavor such as moussaka or with a creamy texture such as veal blanquette or cauliflower gratin. Its freshness and bitter taste cuts through the creaminess and/or fullness of dishes, restoring the balance between all flavors. Only pay attention to very powerful dishes such as risotto with Gorgonzola or preparations with intense flavors such as snacks prepared with spicy chili, as these will dominate the taste palette.
By Sofie Vanrafelghem – Master Beer Sommelier