Blindman/Troubled Monk Peculier Fellows Old Ale

Reviewed by on October 28, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing/Troubled Monk Brewery

  • Origin: The Red Deer area

  • Rated On: October 28, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Old Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Also subtitled ‘Burbank Series No. 1’ (a reference to a related geographical confluence), this is a collaboration between the Blindman and Troubled Monk breweries, ostensibly for Alberta Beer Week 2016.  I assume from the spelling that this is also an ode to Theakston Old Peculier?

This 473ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of arched natural land bridge lace around the glass as it slowly but evenly sinks away.

It smells of toasted wheat, gritty and grainy caramel malt, some oily bar-top nuttiness, muddled black and blue fruity notes, more bitter than sweet cocoa, a touch of earthy yeastiness, and some plain weedy, leafy, and floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, more edgy cereal wheatiness, some plum, black currant, and bing cherry fruitiness, free-range ash, ethereal spicy yeast, fading chocolate esters, and a steady earthy, grassy, and floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are actually quite understated in their basically structural frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of pithy ashiness taking things down a peg or two here.  It finishes well off-dry, the mixed malt propping up the sweetness index, while the fruit and yeast retreat like that time Homer backed into the ‘Field of Dreams’ cornfield.

Overall, this is a fairly tasty and engaging brown ale, albeit one with very little to recommend it as an old ale.  Nothing musty, overly yeasty, damp, or boozy about it, so I have to agree with my friend’s assessment when he had it the other day – ‘seems like they up and mixed their ‘oopsies’ Brown Ale with Troubled Monk’s Open Road and that’s it’.  The agreeable rating here is thus for its generally enjoyable nature, and not for any particular adherence to style.

Brady White

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