Normally at our house we do advent calendars. This year Lizzie and decided to get each something different than those cheap chocolate ones where you open a window each day. I was very happy when on December 1st I was presented with a beer from Bridge Road Brewers!
The idea is exactly like an advent calendar, but instead of getting a little unsatisfying chocolate each day - you get a different beer! Apparently Bridge Road have been saving up some of their rarer stuff for months in anticipation!
I'm really excited about this pack and naturally I'll document my findings here. I intend to post this wrap up in 5 parts so you can follow along only a few days behind me. I'm hoping it'll be a great journey and I'm looking forward to trying some Bridge Road beers that I haven't had a chance to sample yet. Hopefully you enjoyed the first installment, let's get into the second!
The beauty of the head, which laces the glass and maintains good coverage, is completely overshadowed by the smell and taste! The aroma is strong with hop bitterness complemented by a spiciness from the yeast. The taste is more funk driven than the hop driven nose, but the two distinct elements contrast beautifully. It truly is an IPA crossed with a Saison!
Day 7 - Enigma - I first had this beer back in May on tap at the Gertrude and was immediately in love! Here was an Australian pilsner to rival all of the great ones produced across the ditch in New Zealand. Much like the Chestnut Pilsner, it pours a light straw colour with a brilliant white head.
That is where the similarities end; the nose is full of melon as well as some other tropical fruits and some crisp malts. The flavour is a bit different with more malt coming to the fore. It's very hoppy with melon and citrus dominant flavour and floral and spiciness in the background. If this is anything to go by I can't wait to see more brewers utilize Enigma hops!
Golden Ale is a term I'm always wary of - I feel it gives brewers a license to make a very macro style pale ale. This is exactly what I feel has happened here. The nose is quite subdued with grass and apricots aromas there but sweet malts dominating. While the taste was similarly disappointing with very little bitterness coming through and only some citrus adding to the grassiness. I though it was just a bit lacking overall.
Aurora Australis is a very dark looking quad with excellent head retention, albeit a little patchy in the picture. The nose is full of red wine, oakiness and funk as well as some sultanas and caramel malts. It's an amazingly complex beer with a sour red wine flavour dominant and dark fruit sweetness in the back. It's got a creamy, boozy mouthfeel and I can't wait to see what another two years does to this beer!
I had very few ideas what to expect when I saw the words "winter ale" on the bottle. It was fair to say smokiness wouldn't have been in my top 10 guesses! The nose and taste were similar with smokiness and nuttiness dominant. I was very impressed with the drinkability such a smokey beer offered.
This batch of five beers from #beerdvent was pretty spectacular. We had two of my favourite Bridge Road beers, and two beers that I was really hoping to try for the first time. Having had the Posse Winter Ale, I would assume Summer can't be too far behind and hopefully the rare stuff will keep coming out, I feel an Aurora Borealis wouldn't go astray somewhere...
Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!