Dunham La Résurrection De Broderus

Reviewed by on December 14, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie Dunham

  • Origin: Dunham, QC, CA

  • Rated On: December 14, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

What we have here is a collaboration between Québec’s Brasserie Dunham and Denmark’s Kissmeyer Beer, where (a few years ago) they made the second version a year after the first, on Broderus Day (name days being a European thing), so hence the resurrection (second coming) theme.  A ‘Christmas Saison’, for those keeping track.

This 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, bright medium copper amber colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves a bit of weird ocean atoll formation lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of white and black pepper, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, dry, yet tangy pomegranate seeds, ethereally funky yeast, a maple essence that is more woody than syrupy, and some tame herbal bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, damp wheat crackers, testy pomegranate, er, flesh, muddled table-top pepper mill output, a mildly sour and funky yeast/bacterial astringency, and more weedy and herbal bitters (can’t be hops, they’re not on the ingredient list!).  The carbonation is fairly understated in its generally supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of fruity and funky tartness tripping over the petunias here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt, purple fruit, and wispy maple carrying us on out past the velvet ropes.

Overall, this comes across as a very heady and engaging version of the style, with the chosen adjuncts adequate in their Yuletide propriety. More sweet than funky, which works well for this reveler, who before today had never heard of this Broderus fellow, but now I shall for evermore associate him with Christmas cheer!

Brady White

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