Village Father Rauchbier
Reviewed by Brady White on June 1, 2016 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Village Brewery
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: June 1, 2016
- Best Before: June 19, 2016
- ABV: 5.9%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Rauchbier
- Rating: GOOD !
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some disintegrating snowbank lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.
It smells of roasted meat (pork, mostly), wet ash, smoked caramel malt, faint black orchard fruity notes, and some earthy, leafy, and herbal hops, which are hard to really make out beyond their bittering aspects. The taste is gritty and grainy pale and caramel malt, damp campfire smoke, a fading cured meatiness, hints of acrid coffee, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and earthy green hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate to the task, what with its supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and surprisingly smooth, just a few specks of ash to be picked out of ones’ teeth the price of admission. It finishes trending dry, the smoke in its various guises still permeating every lingering essence.
Overall, a very nicely rendered and robust offering, one that emulates the Bamberg Rauchbier greats, i.e. in the initial charred meaty aromas, followed by an ascension of the sweet malt, and then a hand-holding ride off into the sunset together. Yeah, I believe that Village has just about nailed that experience here. If your Dad has ever proclaimed an affinity for (insert island name) Scotch, get him to give this brew a try.