Dageraad 8°

Dageraad_8Brewer: Dageraad Brewing, Burnaby, BC
Style: Brune
ABV: 8.9%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: This brew is part of Dageraad’s Single Batch Series, and is fashioned in the Brune style, a Belgian brew native to the West Flanders region. In accordance with this tradition, but leaving some room for experimentation, this brew employs English crystal malt, wheat, date sugar, and a mild hopping before being feremented and then referemented in the bottle with Lactobacillus yeast.

Tasting Notes: This beer was a bit of a stumper. On the one hand, its got all of the wonderful aspects of a good Brune going it (with some intrusions into the Dubbel) front, but also has the smooth milky flavor brought about by lacto-fermentation. So in the end, its a smooth-drinking, malt forward beer with notes of plums, dates, raisins, brown sugar, and figgy pudding. And it finishes with a nice, rounded smoothness of supple mouthfeel. One would think a “milk beer” and a Belgian Brune didn’t belong together, but they kinda work!

Appearance: Deep brown/amber,cloudy, thick lacy head, good carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, strong notes of dark fruit, sugars, milk
Taste: Smooth, sweat malt, notes of brown sugar, dates, figs, raisins, smooth finish
Aftertaste: Lingering sweet malt flavor, sugars and fruit, milky smoothness
Overall: 8.5/10

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