Olds College Winter Harvest
Reviewed by Brady White on December 29, 2016 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Olds College Brewery
- Origin: Olds, AB, CA
- Rated On: December 29, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Dubbel
- Rating: GOOD !
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves but a low berm of ebbing lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of grainy and crackery caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, a soft oily nuttiness, some plain Low Countries yeasty character, muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and some rather tame earthy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and cereal-forward caramel malt, fading toffee/treacle esters, a wan bar-top nuttiness, some edgy Belgian yeastiness, laid-back plum, prune, and fig/date dark fruit, and a further leafy, weedy, and wet grassy green hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly tame in its mostly punch-clock frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as the ambient temperatures warm somewhat. It finishes off-dry, but trending towards the latter – a nice biscuity character trading jibes with the lingering hops.
Overall, this is certainly an enjoyable and well-made version of the style, balanced, and easy to drink, in spite of (or perhaps due to) the expertly obfuscated 14-proof wowee sauce quotient. Good stuff, once again, future Albertan craft brewers!