Dageraad Blonde

https://i2.wp.com/dageraadbrewing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dageraad-blonde_tmp.jpgBrewer: Dageraad Brewery, Burnaby, BC
Style: Blonde Ale
Alc/Vol: 7.5%

Description: Dageraad’s flagship brew, this beer was inspired by Belgian’s proud tradition of strong Blondes. Combining Pilsner malt, noble hops, candi sugar and a proprietary blend of spices, this beer attempts to recreate the variety offered by blondes, embracing flavors that range from the sweet and dry to the spicy, fruity and floral.

Tasting Notes: This blonde combines several notable flavors, ranging from the nutty and bitter quality that comes from Pilsner malt and Belgian yeast and the floral and crisp bite of Noble hops. Add to that the infusion of sweetness and complexity afforded it by the addition of sugar and spices, and you’ve got a pretty interesting take on this traditional Belgian style.

Appearance: Dark gold, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Smooth malt, yeast, fruity, floral hops, spices
Taste: Smooth nutty malt, yeast, hint of sugar, orange citrus, crisp hops
Aftertaste: Lingering hops, yeast and spice bitterness
Overall: 9/10

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Dageraad Amber

https://i1.wp.com/dageraadbrewing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dageraad-amber_tmp.jpgBrewer: Dageraad Brewing, Burnaby, BC
Style: Belgian-style Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 6%

Description: The second beer to be produced by this new BC brewery, this unfiltered Amber carries on in the tradition of Belgian-style pale ales, which were invented for the Liége exposition of 1905 to compete with British imports. Much like the name of the brewery itself, this beer was inspired by the experience of enjoying a fresh glass of beer in the Dageraadplatz.

Tasting Notes: A good introduction to this brewery, and a faithful example of a Belgian amber, this beer packs a solid, grainy malt base, a strong yeast backbone, and a nice, lingering spicey finish that is reminiscent of coriander.

Appearance: Orange/amber, slightly cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong yeasts, discernible grainy malt, coriander spice
Taste: Smooth malt, strong yeast flavor, notes of coriander and bitter hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering malt and yeast bitterness, spices
Overall: 8.5/10

Longwood Independent Pilsner

independent-pilsner-01Brewer: Longwood Brewery, Nanaimo, BC
Style: Imperial Pilsner
Alc/Vol: 6.5%

Description: This “Noble Imperial” Pilsner is a high-gravity, highly-hopped take on the traditional pilsner, which was apparently done to “preserve it for export from The Republic of Vancouver Island across the frigid Salish Sea.” In short, the brew borrows stylistically from the India Pale Ale to effect a denser, hoppier version of this style of lager.

Tasting Notes: This beer is what one would expect from a Pilsner, employing grainy malt with a good, crisp hop flavor. However, these attributes are amplified, with the malts being more viscous and possessed of a stronger tang. In addition, the grassy hop flavor is intensified, lingering long after the initial sip and well into the aftertaste.

Appearance: Deep gold, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Grainy malt, crisp, grassy hops
Taste: Grainy malt, syrupy, strong tang, good dose of bitter, grassy hops
Aftertaste: Lingering tang and hop bitterness, mild skunk
Overall: 8.5/10