Dageraad Brewing Entropy Series No. 11 Whiskey Sour – Saison at 7% ABV

Dageraad Brewing Entropy Series No. 11 Whiskey Sour – Saison at 7% ABV (C$12.19 at Collective, 750 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 13-Feb-2020, reviewed 17-Feb-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale straw with one finger of fluffy white head, good retention and spotty soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tart lime, bourbon, oak, vanilla, floral, dry hay funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild bitter. (8/10) Palate: light body, moderate-lively carbonation, tart slightly funky finish. (4/5)

That’s a deeply weird beer, which I mean in the nicest way possible, but to be a little nit-picky, it’s not quite a whiskey sour (one of my favourite cocktails). Not because of the absence of whiskey, which is there in spades as barrel notes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla, but because the citrus notes strike me as more lime than lemon. Now that I say that, I’m considering mixing my next whiskey sour with lime instead of lemon… In any case, there’s a whole lot going on here on the nose and the tongue, on top of an emphatic ABV. I would normally consider that busyness to be a bit of a strike against something claiming to be a Saison, but the fact is it’s pretty refreshing even so. No surprise, I guess, that this is another Dageraad offering that I quite like, since I quite literally think they don’t know how to make a bad beer. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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