Dageraad Brewing of Burnaby, B.C. was founded with the intent of brewing Belgian-inspired that are as close to actual Belgian beer as you can get without taking an international flight. There’s a couple of other breweries specializing in Belgian-style beers, like Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford, but in my opinion Dageraad puts them all to shame.
When I heard that they were adding a dubble to their year-round line-up, I have to say that I was pretty excited. They’ve done a couple of seasonal dubbles in the past, but I was very interested to see what was good enough to join their core releases.
From the label:
Combining the mission figs once grown by Franciscan monks on this continent with the yeast used by Trappist monks in Europe, Dageraad Brune is our take on a classic Belgian abbey dubbel.
Dageraad Brune is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
- ABV: 7.5%
- Volume: 650mL bomber
This beer pours out a lovely, rich amber-brown colour with about a finger of cream head that dissipates gradually and leaves tons of pretty lacing.
The nose is dark fruit, candi sugar, and the distinctive ester and phenol aromas of Belgian yeast, i.e. banana and clove and to a lesser extend, bubblegum. The palate is rich with the taste of figs, plums, dark sugar, and a touch of spice from the yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish, as the sweetness of the figs is offset by the dryness of the yeast.
This is a fantastic take on a dubble. Belgian yeast tends to add dark fruit notes to a dubble, so adding actual Mission figs to the brew really enhances this element and makes it taste even more rich and decadent.
This is a fanastic drink for a cold winter evening and one of the best beers in Dageraad’s regular line-up.