Sri Lanka (Belgian Dubbel) – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

Sri Lanka (flavoured Belgian-style dubbel) – Dageraad Brewing Inc., 7.5% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the front-left label:

“In this cultural mash-up, we marry the tropical flavours of Sri Lanka to a traditional Belgian abbey ale. The rich, sweet flavour of treacle made from the sap of the kithul tree is balanced by the tartness of tamarind fruit. Together with the fruity and spicy flavours from Belgian yeast and Czech hops, this beer will make an excellent accompaniment to desserts and South Asian cuisine. Sri Lanka is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle”

Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, sugar, kithul treacle, tamarind, hops, yeast, water.

  • Style: (flavoured – kithul treacle, tamarind) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Unelegant heavy sweet boozy tangy sour tamarind palm sugar barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.25 CAD – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular

Visual: Pours translucent reddish-brown with a fizzy insignificant head, thick ringed retention with a medium island, steady several singular steady micro streams.

Nose: dark honeyed candi sugar sweet Belgian barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity, incoming heavy

Mid-palate: alcohol forward, cloying (lvl-8-sweetness), honeyed barley malt, sour tangy tamarind, plum/dark fruit

Finish: tamarind depth, lingering palm sugar, background bitter hops

Summary: Very taxing on the palate and boozy for a 7.5% – hardly elegant but at least it has depth and complexity. Too sweet without an attention-grabbing aroma to keep me interested.