Paddock Wood Winter Ale

Reviewed by on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA

  • Rated On: December 30, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Dubbel

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Paddock Wood’s Belgian-style winter ale persists into a third year, now, with a particularly greater availability than in previous years.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, medium red-brick amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, runny beige head, which leaves a low island headland profile of lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.  It smells of sweet, bready, ginger snaps, as if they’ve just come from the oven, and are piping cold – brown sugar-saturated, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon-enhanced all, with a mild drying leafiness trying in vain to overcome the inevitable here. The taste is more sweet bready caramel malt, sugary cloves, all-spice, cinnamon, and star anise, some additional brown sugar, and faintly bitter earthy, weedy hops.  The carbonation is mildly frothy, and generally supportive, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and smooth, but with a wee alcoholic prick, which is verily encapsulated therein. It finishes still rather sweet, the combined efforts of the cookie-like malt and spice hard to shake, though a hallow yeast and earthy hoppiness does give it ol’ ill-fated college try.

A decent, enjoyable rendering of a style by a Canadian Prairie micro-brewer, of a style and interpretation usually best left to the experts in that country, whose name in Galactic-speak, is one of the crudest vulgarities known to man (and otherwise). Having no shame myself, I say, Belgium!

Brady White

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