Dageraad Brewing Malawi – Belgian Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV

Dageraad Brewing Malawi – Belgian Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV (C$4.41 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 23-Apr-2020, acquired 14-May-2020, reviewed 19-May-2020)

Appearance: clear pale gold with two fingers of loose  white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: Belgian esters, white pepper, floral, caramel, citrus, grass. (7/10) Taste: moderate bitter, moderate sweet, light spice. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration bitter mildly warming finish. (4/5)

I was curious what the name of a desperately poor African country had to do with a Belgian Pale, but it turns out the proceeds are going to support clean water initiatives in Malawi, so that’s cool. I think the Styrian Celeia hops are a new one on me, but seem pretty similar to its parent Styrian Golding, with fairly noble characteristics. I like the restrained spice, which though definitely present, doesn’t utterly dominate, making for a very drinkable final product. Dageraad doesn’t do much badly, and this is solid. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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