Brune – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

Brune (Belgian-style dubbel brewed with figs) – Dageraad Brewing Inc., 7.5% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

“Combining the mission figs once grown by Franciscan monks on this continent with the yeast used by trappist monks in Europe, Dageraad Brune is our take on a classic Belgian abbey dubbel.

Dageraad Brune is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle”

Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, sugar, mission figs, hops, yeast, water.

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  • Style: (flavoured – mission figs) Abbey Dubbel
  • Taste: Dense weighty sweet dried fig barley malt soft clove lingering malts
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (?)
  • How much: ~$7 CAD – 650ml., sometime in 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours opaque dark brown without much of a head, a spotty layer of retention with a ring, many singular steady micro streams.

Nose: molasses, brown sugar malted barley, clove (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity, incoming dense malts

Mid-palate: alcohol forward, (lvl-7-sweetness), dried fig, weighty candied barley malt,

Finish: clove wheat malt exhale, residual malty sweetness.

Summary: A decent take on a Belgian dubbel, but missing the full, round mouthfeel and sustained body that the Belgians do so well. I’m liking the clove in the finish, and it certainly isn’t as heavy as the Sri Lanka [C+] that I had of theirs.

La Loubécoise

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La Loubécoise – Ecaussinnes, 8% ABV – 33cl, (Ecaussinnes, Belgium)

On the back label:

“Belgium top-fermented beer, brewed with the finest malt, hop, yeast and maple sirop from Quebec. Serve cool.”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale (Brune)
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy maple syrup/cola/root beer -> cinnamon/malt/fizzy -> sweet malty light bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: ~$4, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps since it reminds me of Westvleteran 8,12
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark root beer brown with lots of large bits of sediment (like a snow globe), pours with a large foamy head, light sticky lacing, some slow streams. Dark sweet malts, light woodiness, and maple wood. Tastes with a pleasant 7/10-sweetness, tastes of maple syrup, cola, root beer, creamy mouthfeel, cinnamon, malts, (a bit of westv tastes in here), caramel, finishing sweet malty minimal bitter. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good carry, good transitions, excellent drinkability.

Maredsous Bruin & Tripel (Belgium)

Maredsous (Belgium)

1) Brune / Bruin , 8% ABV – 330ml

on the back label:

“A brown or brune ale brewed under the supervision of the monastic community of Maredsous. Top fermented beer, brewed according to Benedictine tradition. Refermented in the bottle;, and conditioned for two months. Maredsous Brown should ideally be served at a temperature of 6-10 C.”

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Sweet malted caramel -> licorice/raisin/root beer -> tangy/sour finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark ruby with fine micro carbonation and decent head, nice lacing, and CO2 holds throughout the session. Sweet medium malts on the nose. A burst of 8/10-level sweetness up front, tastes of roasted malts, caramel, raisin, hints of licorice, and semi-dry root beer,tangy/sour finish. Med-high complexity, good mouthfeel with the CO2 balanced, med-high depth. Slightly watery mouthfeel.

2) Triple / Tripel , 10% ABV – 330ml

on the back label:

“High fermentation abbey beer, brewed in accordance with the Benedictine tradition of the community of Maredsous Abbey. The beer is refermented in the bottle during the two-month ageing [sic] period. Maredsous Triple should ideally be served at a temperature of 6-10C.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Aggressive alcohol -> super sweet pomegranate/tamarind/tangy orange -> off-dry woody finish
  • Where I got it: St. John’s Liquor Store, P.Moody
  • How much: ~$5, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours amber gold, beautiful and bountiful CO2 (champagne-like streams), ultra foamy head, foamy lacing. Nothing much on the nose. First sip the palate is hit with a torrent of aggressive alcohol, dissipating into very sweet (9/10) mix of pomegranate, tamarind, sour bitter orange, ending in a partially dry woody finish. Medium complexity, high depth, good transitions, great carry, okay drinkability. The alcohol is somewhat overpowering.

Leffe, (Belgium)

Which I like better: Leffe Blonde

1) Blonde, 6.6% ABV

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: very crisp and drinkable
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15, 6x330ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours glowing dark orange, small head, nice lacing, thin layer of retention, ultra-micro CO2, tons of active CO2 streams. Consume between 5-6C. Medium-thick malts on the nose. Starts very creamy, 6/10 sweetness, mainly malts, banana and faint notes of honey and chamomile. Finishes malty 3/10-bitterness. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, medium bitter length, not much carry, good transitions, great drinkability. Not much in terms of a wide range of flavours, but extremely crisp and pairs well with heavy foods – creamy pasta, meat, lamb, pizza, etc.

2) Brune, 6.5% ABV

On the back label:

“The authentic Belgian abbey beer: The roasted barley malts give this Leffe Brune its sweet caramel yet bitter taste”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: sweet caramel malts
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $17, 6x330ml (after 10%)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours milk chocolate brown, nice thick foamy head, thick retention, sticky lacing, plethura of CO2 streams. A bit of malt on the nose, but otherwise rather muted. Detection of alcohol up front, fizzy tingly and then creamy CO2, caramel malts, fig/date/redberry fruitiness, 7/10-sweetness level, roasted 6/10-bitterness level with a dry lingering alcoholic finish. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, medium length, okay carry, good transitions, great drinkability. A decent beer but too sweet for my tastes. A 6-pack is overkill.