Dageraad Wet-Hopped Blonde

Reviewed by on November 12, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dageraad Brewing

  • Origin: Burnaby, BC, CA

  • Rated On: November 12, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The Dageraad Brewing Company has procured fresh Centennial hops to make this ‘wet-hopped’ Belgian-style blonde ale.  And here I was, about to get all pedantic and up in it, about the word ‘bine’ on the label description. Turns out my toddler isn’t the only one around here learning something new every day!

This 650ml bottle pours a rather hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of creamy ecru head, which leaves some chunky and sudsy broken cloud pattern lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of peppy tropical fruit (guava, lime, and kiwi, mostly), zesty yeast, semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a further domestic citrus acridity, mixed table-top pepper mill dust, and more floral, leafy, and slightly perfumed hop bitters. The taste is bready, lightly crackery pale malt, a certain bubblegum-heavy berry fruitiness (strawberry and red grapes), still quite estery yeast, some veritable apple, orange, and pear orchard fruit character, waning coriander and white/black pepper spice, and some outside looking in leafy and floral hoppiness. The bubbles are actually quite benign and easy to strike up a deal with my waiting palate, what with their attendant alluring frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and more or less smooth, as the yeast continues to just be its snarky old self. It finishes trending dry, the bottom starting to fall out of the robust fruitiness, and the yeast tenting its fingers like Mr. Burns, or perhaps the Grinch.

Well, this Belgian-inspired brewery from (hic), Burnaby, keeps knocking it out of the park, I gotta say. Full-flavoured, obviously not shy on the complex yeast measures, and hoppy enough in its own fresh and wet way to satisfy the West Coast lupulin trainspotters out there, myself included. Worthy of seeking out, before it’s gone for another year – sorry, Rotten Ronnie’s ‘Pumpkin Spiced Lattes’.

Brady White

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