Ale Architect Django

Reviewed by on August 29, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ale Architect

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 29, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged August 13, 2018

  • ABV: 4.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

‘Django’ (the Romani word for ‘I awake’, apparently) is fittingly the first release for one of the newest players in Edmonton’s slowly evolving brew-scape. Made with ginger and Szechuan pepper.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a trail of island chain profile lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of earthy ginger root, bready and grainy cereal malt, some gentle yeastiness, an indistinct peppercorn essence, and ethereal leafy, musty, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a subtle breakfast table wheatiness, faded ginger notes, an equally tamed earthy spiciness, yer standard yeasty character, and more well-understated musty, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with only a minor hint of spice maybe taking a bit off of the top at this particular juncture.  It finishes trending dry, the malt stepping back as the spices carry on in a mild lingering fervour.

Overall – this is a rather pleasant rendition of the base style, with the adjuncts enhancing, but never overtaking the experience.  Full of flavour, crisp, and enjoyable to throw back as summer comes to a screeching halt (I don’t care what the temperature is, my kid is starting school, and that’s it for me).

Brady White



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