Dageraad = Daybreak/Sunrise in Flemish. I actually went over this on one of my other Dageraad reviews, but I’ll briefly touch on it again because it bears repeating. The word Flemish reminds me of how I feel when I’m sick. Phlegmish. Ugh, that’s actually a word. Nasty. What the fuck, English? I thought we were cool.
If you are a fan of Belgian style brews, you already know and love this brewery, because that’s their forte. Old Abbey Ales also heavily dabble in that vein, so there are an increasing amount of options for anyone that’s big on that style, but lacking in purchasable options. I do like Belgian styles, they aren’t my favorite, but I have a strong appreciation for the dedication and passion Dageraad puts in to their creations. To specialize like that automatically sets yourself apart from the pack, and it’s a big fuckin’ pack.
I’ve gone over the labels. Thumbs up for those too lazy to check out the link. I won’t hold it against you. Or will I? *thunderclap* I actually picked this up based on a recommendation from a rival beer blog. Yeah I said rival. I routinely check out other beer blogs to compare notes and ensure I’m still the only ‘funny’ beer blogger. Everything is a competition with me. A friend of mine suggested that I stick to refining my own craft and not bother with how successful other blagers are, which made me laugh. Women just don’t understand mens need to compete over everything. Competition brings out the best (the best, the best, the best…) in me, so why not? It’s simply extra motivation the way I see it. I will have the highest score and KDR when the dust settles. MY VICTORY. MINE.
Oh right.. I’m reviewing a beer aren’t I?
The pour is a cloudy, sunny yellow with a slight green tint around the sides when back-lit. Huge 3 fingers of pure white bubbly foam.
The smells are very light overall. Wheat germ, apples, pears, floral sweetness and exotic spices. Sweet and reserved aroma.
The tastes are spicy coriander, red delicious apples, orange peel, slight alcohol hit, and brown sugar. It’s an interesting combination of spicy and sweet and the alcohol is actually covered almost entirely, which is pretty good considering it clocks in at a hefty %8.5.
The mouthfeel is light and extremely turbulent. Intense carbonation here (as is to be expected). Flavors race from the front to back, quickly attacking the whole palate.
3.5/5 It’s truly unique, as Dageraads beers generally are. A sweet and spicy Belgian ale with a pretty beastly amount of alcohol. I liked it well enough, but the spices started to wear on me over the course of the beer. One-and-done, but a great change of pace and absolutely worth trying at least once.
THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BASS, THE BASS, THE BASS, THE PAST, THE PAST, THE VEST, THE VEST, THE VEST, THE PEST, THE PEST, THE BLESSED, THE BLESSED ~~ad infinitum