Troubled Monk Hollerado Born Yesterday

Reviewed by on July 7, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Troubled Monk Brewery

  • Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 7, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Imperial Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Born Yesterday is a collaboration among the Canadian rock band Hollerado, local radio station 106.7 the Drive, and local pub Bo’s Bar and Grill. Wow, that’s a lot of, er, guest cooks (none with which I am actually familiar)!  Oh, and the result is an apparently boozed-up Kölsch.

This 355ml can pours a mostly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some layered swollen rain cloud lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, some muted pome fruitiness, white wine lees, and a bit of estery alcohol.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser biscuity breakfast cereal sweetness, apple puree, more yeasty green grapes, a touch of fresh-cut grassiness, and more pleasantly understated metallic and warming booziness.  The carbonation is fairly sedate in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess sidling its way in once things settle down a bit.  It finishes off-dry, the robust cereal character doing well to linger like the champ that it is.

Overall, this is a rather well-made version of the style, with the ‘crank it to, um, 7 (ish)!’ wowee sauce factor expertly integrated into the whole.  Tasty, easy to drink, and yeah, if I had a six-pack of this to kill all afternoon, it might very well ruin tomorrow – but at least I’d have fun tonight!

Brady White

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