Groene Bel

Groene Bel or Green Belle as it is otherwise known, is a long-lost Belgian hop that likely came about via clonal selection from native Aalst hops in the late 19th century or early 20th century. After World War II, Groene Bel all but vanished from hop production in Belgium after it was replaced by Czech and German favorites, Saaz and Hallertau. Although Groene Bel is no longer commercially produced, it has been used for breeding aroma hops in Zalec, Slovenia during the 1970’s. Its high humulene content is said to result in a pleasing, continental aroma.


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Also Known As Green Belle, Green Bubble Belle
Characteristics Pleasing continental aroma
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4.9%
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%
Co-Humulone Composition 27%
Country Belgium
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Mid to late
Yield Amount 825 kg/hectare (740 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Low to moderate
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 58% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.98 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 39%
Humulene Oil Composition 32%
Caryophyllene Oil 18%
Farnesene Oil 2.41%
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