Bridge Brewing Santa’s Sac

Reviewed by on December 25, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bridge Brewing Company

  • Origin: North Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 25, 2017

  • Best Before: Tomorrow

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Golden Strong Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

North Van’s Bridge Brewing produced this offering for the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Pretty cheeky name I gotta say, as the spelling of ‘sac’ implies something other than that big bag (or ‘sack’) that Santa carries around. See, I just unintentionally made the same double entendre! Anyways, a ‘golden strong ale’.

This 355ml bottle pours a hazy, effervescent medium copper amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some calving iceberg pattern lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of fermenting white grape juice, bready and doughy caramel malt, some muddled earthy spiciness, further simple syrup notes, and very subtle leafy, musty, and perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, a settled-down Belgian yeastiness, some grape, banana, pear, and light plum fruity esters, ethereal generic spice, and more well understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is pretty low-key in its dialed-in frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and more or less smooth, nothing really getting in the way here, surprisingly.  It finishes on the sweet side, the malt, fruit, and sneaky alcohol arranging as such.

Overall – this is an agreeable enough version of the style, with the two selling points (at least according to the marketing blurb on the label) working to produce a sort of balanced affair.  Yup, the Belgian yeast and German hops somehow take a potentially sweet, boozy mess, and coax it to land on its feet – unlike me when I’m done with this serving.

Brady White



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