Beer Review: East of East Van from Steamworks & Dageraad

IMG_20170318_005210.jpgBoth Dageraad and Steamworks have been pretty active on the collaboration front recently. First Steamworks collaborated with Field House on their coolship collab, then Dageraad collaborated with Steel & Oak on their Suburbs IPA. Now these two Burnabarby-based brewers have come together to brew a special beer called East of East Vancouver.

This exotic saison was brewed on Steamworks’ state-of-the-art brewing system, then manually bottled on Dageraad’s old-fashioned hand bottler and bottle conditioned in their warm room. The result is a true collaboration of both the brains and the technology of the two breweries.

Description:

By river and sea, Burnaby brews! This exotic saison features black limes and white pepper to create a spicy aroma with balanced flavour and crisp, dry finish. It pours a beautiful deep gold with a white head and was brewed just east of east Vancouver by two proudly Burnaby based breweries.

Stats:

  • 750 ml bomber bottle
  • 6.5% ABV

Tasting notes:

This beer poured out a cloudy golden-yellow hue with a finger of puffy white head that broke down quite quickly and left little white clouds of lacing as the glass was drained.

The nose was rich with saison yeast character: fruity ester notes of banana, pear, and lemon accompanied by gentle spicy ester notes of black pepper and clove. These were enhanced by aromas of lime and white pepper from the adjuncts.

The palate had very similar notes of spice and fruit, with the pepper and spice more prominent. There was also a background taste of biscuit malt and a gentle hint of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel was light-to-medium bodied with high, effervescent carbonation. There was a touch of tartness and prickly acidity on the tongue that offset the very dry finish.

Overall, this was a really nice North American take of a Belgian-style saison. The black limes really enhanced those fruity ester notes, while the the white pepper complemented the clove-like spiciness.

This beer was incredibly refreshing and thirst quenching and I kept reaching for another sip. It would make a fantastic beer for warm summer evenings.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Serving temp: 12-14C

Food pairing: Roast chicken, muscles, goat cheese

Glassware: Tulip, teku glass

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