Dageraad Randonneur Saison

Reviewed by on September 22, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dageraad Brewing

  • Origin: Burnaby, BC, CA

  • Rated On: September 22, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Dageraad Brewing is a recent startup (their name is Flemish for ‘sunrise’), and are focusing on creating Belgian-inspired beers in an industrial park in Burnaby, BC.  Randonneur (which is long-distance cycling) is a saison made in the style of those produced during harvest time for the farmhouse workers of lore.

This 650ml bottle pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow colour, with a columnar tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fairly fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a few instances of chunky swath lace around the glass as it very, very slowly abates.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, zesty Belgian yeast, muddled light orchard pome and citrus fruit, white pepper and clove spice, and tame earthy, leafy, and slightly floral hops. The taste is gritty, somewhat bready pale malt, a lessened yeast profile, subtle table pepper mill dust, an ethereal earthy clove character, still indistinct fruit, and a steady, if underwhelming (but to style) dry weedy and dead grassy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite strong and pushy in its ebullient and mouth-filling frothiness, the body on the lee side of yer typical medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as the yeast, bubbles, and general, if minor, acridity sealing the deal here. It finishes off-dry, a lingering graininess taking hold, while those mouthfeel killers just keep on keepin’ on.

A bit of a saucy saison, to say the least, as the so far unmentioned wheat almost takes on a rye-like persona, rendering the malt contingent a local player, in that respect. Overall, not too hard to put back, save the overwrought carbonation (this was very nearly a spooner), and well-made in its earnest ode to those western European field workers who actually had to slave all day before getting their brew on.

Brady White



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