Rooie Dop Final Countdown Winter Saison

Reviewed by on January 8, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Rooie Dop

  • Origin: Utrecht, Netherlands

  • Rated On: December 22, 2014

  • Best Before: Bottled June 4, 2014

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rooie Dop is another Dutch client brewer, who avail themselves of the services provided by De Molen.  Final Countdown is their idea of a ‘winter’ saison-style offering – any indication of non-standard ingredients fails to leap out at me from the label.

This 330ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, fizzy, and weirdly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of sitting iceberg lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, white pepper, somewhat sugary clove, perky yeast, a bit of astringent citrus, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is fairly funky yeast, a bit of musty barnyard, gritty pale malt, muddled earthy spice, a hint of meaty char, tart aged lemon, soap, and a peppery, leafy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its fizzy and frothy fluctuations, even after that opening salvo, the body on the light side of medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as yeast and spice alike seem to butt heads, leaving my palate stunned as a side effect. It finishes rather dry, the initial malt sweetness flailing, with the spice, yeast, funk, and alcohol getting all hedonistic, and such.

A bit of a disjointed version of the style, all the normal subtle essences kicked up to varying degrees, which results in a somewhat challenging brew to actually drink. I suppose that’s ok, it being winter and all, we should expect stuff like this, but I’ve had better, more recently, and oh, screw it – “we’re leaving tooogeeether, but still it’s farewell…”

Brady White

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