- 🇦🇷 Argentina
Traful hops are a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of the Argentinian brewing industry, particularly the efforts of the Quilmes Brewing and Malting Company. Developed through a breeding program that began in the 1980s, Traful hops are a product of a cross between the popular Cascade variety and Quilmes' proprietary lines. Officially registered in 1994, these hops were initially cultivated for their aromatic qualities. It wasn't until the last decade, however, that their unique flavor profile began to be embraced by craft brewers, particularly for Ale and Belgian-style beers. With a growing area that is slowly expanding, Traful hops have become a sought-after variety for those looking to impart a distinctive Argentinian touch to their brews.
The flavor profile of Traful hops is intriguingly complex, marked by a spicy and vegetal character with subtle fruity undertones. Brewers have noted the presence of black pepper, fennel, anise, and green tea notes, with hints of grape and fig adding to the hop's layered aroma. Despite its low total oil content, Traful is rich in linalool, a compound that contributes to its potent aroma and flavor, especially when added late in the brewing process or during the whirlpool. This makes it an excellent choice for brewers looking to experiment with flavor without overwhelming their beer. They are particularly well-suited to Pale Ales, Pilsners, Lagers, and Belgian styles such as Dubbel and Tripel.