Granville Island Van Dame White ISA

Reviewed by on August 17, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Granville Island Brewery

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 17, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewery (under the umbrella of MolsonCoors) has produced the latest in their Black Note Book Series, made with, I presume, guava, citrus, and coriander, which somehow leads up to a ‘west coast spin on a Belgian Witbier’.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky paint splatter lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, rising yeast, muddled citrus and other indistinct tropical fruit, a soft coriander/white pepper spice, and herbal, leafy, and certainly floral hops. The taste is grainy, gritty pale malt, a nice fruity guava/gooseberry sweetness, some still plain citrus flesh fruitiness, middling yeast, fading spicy coriander and rainbow peppercorn, and more pleasantly restrained earthy, grassy, and floral hop bitters. The bubbles are active enough in their equally supportive and playful frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, the fruitiness overriding any snooping hop bitterness here. It finishes off-dry, the chewy doughiness of the malt lingering on alongside the common decline of fruit and spice.

Not a bad brew, the Belgian character perhaps getting the better of the ISA’s supposed attributes, in that the hops seem to get short shrift overall. I’m tempted to dump this onto the growing pile of recent beers that seem to be trying to do too many things at once, and thus detracting from the whole. At any rate, this is easy enough to drink, if you don’t think too hard about it, and that’s a-ok for summer.

Brady White

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