Dandy Bizarre Love Triangle Table Sour

Reviewed by on October 9, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Dandy Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 9, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 3.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Table Sour

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Calgary’s Dandy Brewing produce a ‘Limited Edition Dandy’ series of beers, the style being whatever strikes their fancy at the time.  Here, it’s a Belgian-inspired ‘table sour’, which is a lower-alcohol brew, meant to be consumed with a meal.  And they’ve gone and named it Bizarre Love Triangle, perhaps in keeping with their overall English branding.

This 650ml bottle (156 of only 200) pours a very cloudy, salmon-tinged medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and above all fizzy off-white head, which leaves but a few disparate instances of sudsy speckled lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of tart white and rosé wine, a slight earthy and pale Italian cheese funk, grainy pale malt, and perhaps a touch of paint thinner. The taste is somewhat tart and muddled orchard fruit (lemon and underripe orange citrus, mostly), lazy yeast, relatively sweet grainy pale and caramel malt, a bit of mixed tabletop pepper mill output, and an ethereal earthy and leafy hop measure. The bubbles are quite pervasive in their equally frothy and fizzy meanderings, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, the soft carbonation going a long way in that respect. It finishes off-dry, the tart fruitiness contending with a lingering pale graininess.

I gotta say, this ranks up there with the better so-called Belgian-styled table beers kicking about, i.e. low ABV offerings that are still replete with flavour, as this one surely is. Fruity, yeasty, tart, and yet sufficiently malty – nothing to complain about here, except maybe my distinct lack of some pommes frites to go with it!

Brady White

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