Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Beer # 189 Le Chandail de Skokie: Beer for the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival

Le Chandail de Skokie (Skokie's Sweater)

Sawdust City Brewing Company


Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
Independent
Biere de Garde 8.5 % 
10 oz Tulip Glass Draft (296 ml)
$6.00 (Canadian) At the brewery

Twitter: @SawdustCityBeer

Went down to the brewery today and they just started pouring this gem. Skokie is the Mascot of the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Which takes place this year between February 20th and 22nd, and for this, the 45th anniversary of the Winter Carnival Sawdust City decided to brew a nice Biere de Garde to warm the winter bones.

As it was quite cold today I was more than happy to indulge in this refreshingly warming brew... Onto the tasting...

Pours a very dark amber with a thin off white head with a hint of grey. Aroma is a sweet and sour caramel, slightly woody and bready. First sip gives us rich roasted malt and tart, fresh hops. There is a lingering sourness, just prior to the hoppy finish along with a fresh fruity, citrus note. There is also a hint or orange or candied peel, reminiscent of, but not as sweet as marmalade.  Aeration gives us a more malty licorice flavour and accentuates the tart sourness of the beer.

 Impressions: Fail, So-so, Pass, Exceptional 

Cost: 5/6 PASS

Colour: 6/6 EXCEPTIONAL
Beer Style: 6/6 EXCEPTIONAL
Re-Order:  5/6 PASS 
Experience:  6/6 EXCEPTIONAL


Final Thoughts:

Delightful winter warmer. A very good biere de garde with good bones that I imagine would age very well. would love to put some aside and see how it tastes in 6 months, or a year from now.

Cheers


CJT



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