Caravel Winter Aurora Spiced Ale

Reviewed by on January 12, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Caravel Craft Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: January 12, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Spiced Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I have no idea how this one is spiced, other than the expected tasting notes mentioned on the label, but correlation does not imply causation, since the ingredient list merely cites ‘spices’.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some dissolving ice floe lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly evaporates.

It smells of ginger, nutmeg, and clove spice, bready and doughy caramel malt, a subtle black stone fruitiness, and some very tame earthy, weedy, and musty noble hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, more muddled gingerbread spices, minor wet mineral notes, fading dark orchard fruity esters, and more understated earthy, leafy, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of innocuous spice taking the sheen off of things at this juncture.  It finishes trending dry, as said spices continue their ongoing rampage against the whimpering and lingering malt.

Overall – this is a pleasant enough version of the seasonal style, rendered unto me after the end of Yuletide, in a bright and freaking chilly New Year.  Yeah, I’ve pretty much had my fill of this sort of thing for yet another year, but I can still appreciate another well-made Alberta craft brew!

Brady White

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