10°, 2016 edition- Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

10° – 2016 edition – Dageraad Brewing Inc., 10.5% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

“Dageraad 10° is our secular homage to the strong, dark ale brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium. The strength of the wort and the addition of exotic unrefined sugars has tormented the yeast into producing magnificently complex fruit and spice notes to complement the beer’s malty profundity. Its flavour will develop for up to three years in the bottle if properly stored.”


  • Style: Quadruple
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $10.70 CAD – 650ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, too harsh

Visual: 2016 edition. Pours opaque cinnamon brown with a smallish long lasting ultra foamy fine 1mm head, a touch of lacing

Nose: candi sugar’d heavy barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: heavy alcoholic malt impression

Mid-palate: persisent alcohol heaviness, background sour-tangy, (lvl-7-sweetness), brown sugar, light creamy/soft tingly, prune-raisin-fig, woody spice, heavy sweet barley malt

Finish: big alcohol harshness, malty woodiness, residual sweet candi sugar

Summary: Somewhat drinkable for a such a high ABV, but not a whole lot of finesse in execution of flavours. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed this brew – too harshly alcoholic and too sweet without an enticing delectability.

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.

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.

Londen (Belgian-Style English Porter) – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Londen (Belgian-style English Porter) – Dageraad Brewing Inc., 7.0% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

“Imagine an English porter. Now imagine a Belgian brewer reimagining an English porter. Now imagine a couple of Canadian brewers imagining how a Belgian brewer would reimagine an English porter.  Combining the light roast and rich malt of an English porter with the fruity, spicy mystery of a Belgian fermentation, Londen is your new favourite beer this winter.  Londen is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.”

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  • Style: Porter
  • Taste: Crisp toasted brown sugar barley malt light root beer spices
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.55 CAD (after 15% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid flavour

Visual: Pours slightly cloudy very dark brown with minimal head, island and ringed retention, lots of small bubble singular streams.

Nose: lightly carameled barley malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, slightly slick thicker-milky

Mid-palate: background subdued tangy alcohol, toasted brown sugar (lvl-6-sweetness), root beer, caramel barley malt, light metallic

Finish: slight tangy, light sweet roast exhale, subtle bitter hops.

Summary: Big sweet balanced roasty malt body with some root beer spices, good potency whilst still retaining a nice drinkability. Great with beer snacks.

 

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.

Burnabarian (Tafelbier) – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Burnabarian – Dageraad Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

What is a tafelbier? (wiki)

  • low-alcohol, usually not over 1.5% ABV (but this one is 4.5%)
  • draft lager with a tafelbier added is called “half om”, to act as a sweetener and reduce fizziness

My Notes:

  • Style: Tafelbier (Table Beer)
  • Taste: banana wheat sour dry coriander soft hopped bitter
  • How much: $7 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (growler fill). Pours clear pale amber with barely any head, barely any retention, lots of scatter micro bubble loose streams.

Nose: clean sweet banana wheat malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming banana

Mid-palate: light fizzy, medium sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) yeasty, wheat malts, banana, light clove

Finish: dry, coriander, subtle bitter hoppiness, almost salty hopped finish.

Summary: Not bad flavour and body-wise for an only 4.5% ABV beer. Not something I’d have again though.

Dageraad Amber – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Dageraad Amber (Belgian Pale Ale) – Dageraad Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • Taste: Banana clove caramel fruity wheat malt “salty” bitter hopped
  • How much: $7 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: mmm, nah.

Visual: (growler fill). Pours cloudy pale brown with a quickly diminishing very small head, a thin layer of retention, light lacing, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sweet fruity malts, wheat malts, hints of apple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: half-slick, thickish mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, banana wheat malts, light clove,

Finish: mild alcohol detection mixed with soft-to-long duration bitter hops, almost salty bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Flavour and mouthfeel are nice, and a nice unique Belgian-style change-up from all the other offerings of the local Vancouver brews. The wheat shines through well but I’m not so keen on the “salty” hopped finish.