A new challenge. The most recent creation of the French varietal research program. Bouclier offers another possible approach for the use of French hops.
|Bouclier (French for shield), is a 2005 cross variety between Strisselspalt hops grown in Sessenheim, Alsace (France); and a male plant grown in Wye, Kent (UK).|
Wye Challenger, Early Bird Golding and Northern Brewer are all part of its geneology. Bouclier has a combination of French and English aromas: fruit, citrus, herbs, spices and esters, which allows it bring a French touch to English-style beers.
Bouclier is a small scale variety that is currently being tested by 10 producers who are carefully following its progress over 6 hectares (15 acres). The expertise and critical attention brought by these producers is essential to the development of this variety.