Olds College Winter Harvest

Reviewed by on December 29, 2016 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

The students (I presume), in concert with the brewmaster at the Olds College teaching brewery have chosen a Belgian-style dubbel as their winter 2016/2017 offering.

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!

Brady White

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