Whistler Valley Trail Chestnut Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company
- Origin: Whistler, BC, CA
- Rated On: December 3, 2012
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
- Rating: GREAT !!
An offering perhaps to save for lounging around a toasty winter fireplace, even though the label marketing suggests this as a fall accompaniment. Uses for this particular eponymous roasted nut span the two seasons, and it’s available now, so that’s that.
This 650ml bottle pours a deep, brick-like ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, silken beige head, which renders a few arched swaths of lace around the glass as it gently sinks away. It smells quite pungently of sweet chestnut butter, some further hazelnut cream essences, an initially overlooked pungent caramel/toffee malt, a bit of mildly astringent oakiness, and very subtle spiced fruit, possible of the embedded bready sort, maybe. The taste is more sweet mixed nut bowl goodness, generally chestnut and hazelnut, rolled somewhat over top of a still hearty caramel/Toffifay malt backbone, some subtle woody vanilla, mild earthy spice, and nicely supportive leafy, floral hops.
The carbonation is actually rather sublime, i.e. there, but not at the same time, ya know? Anyway, the body maintains a hefty medium weight through all of this, and is pretty smooth, nothing really possessing the will or the means to tangle with it. It finishes sweet, but not over or cloyingly so, as the breadiness, spice and hops see to that, each in their own understated way.
Wow – this is really tasty, and has fastened zippers and misplaced scarves written all over it. Just as appropriate for winter snow day frolicking, as it was for autumn sojourns – those trails now just have a bit of snow covering all of that pretty foliage.