Wet-Hopped Blonde – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Wet-Hopped Blonde (seasonal) – Dageraad Brewing, 7.5% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

-This is the second beer I’m having that features locally grown hops from the Sartori family. The first I had in a Steamworks IPA, tasting of malt and orange-grapefruit.

on the front-left label:

“For this very special, once-a-year version of Dageraad Blonde, centennial hops grown by the Sartori family in Chilliwack were added to the brew kettle the same day they were plucked from the bine [sic]. The hops add a fresh, juicy taste of local terroir to this classic Belgian-style ale.”

Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, sugar, spices, hops, yeast, water.

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My Notes:

  • Style: (wet-hopped) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Micro fizzy astringent sour pukey muddled banana wheat malt ginger dry coriander bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.70 – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours mildly hazy light straw yellow with a large, very long-lasting super creamy head, thick sticky lacing, clusters upon clusters of very fast large CO2 streams. Visually beautiful.

Nose: sour funk acidity, pineapple wheat malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro fizzy, incoming sour wheat malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana wheat malt, sour citrus, tangy barnyard funk

Finish: coriander dryness, ginger-like astringent bitterness, clove, sour tang pukey finish.

Summary: Flavours were muddled until it started to warm up. Not really liking the flavours and transitions in this one. Too astringent in pukey sourness, rough finish as well.