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 and second installments, it's now time for the third!
The nose is incredible with grapefruit, mango and guava all jumping out at me. There's also quite a big bodied bready and caramel malt base, which gives the nose good balance. The flavour was well balanced as well, with more sweetness than expected from the malt combining beautifully with quite bitter, fruity hops. It's lovely; one of the best of the bunch so far!
The aroma of this beer surprised me. Despite being an 8 month old Harvest Ale, a style meant to be drunk fresh, it smells very grassy and hoppy. The hops don't appear to have faded much at all! They are bitter and have tropical fruit and grassy elements. There is also an interesting Belgian yeast character that I don't remember coming across in this beer before.
Despite it's appearance Posse Summer Ale had plenty of the characteristics normally associated with Belgian Pale Ales. The nose was light with hints of citrus hops and a nice Belgian yeast character. As I'd been told the beer was nice and light, with the Belgian-ness (for want of a better word) kept quite restrained. It'd make a nice Summer beer.
The nose of this one was big and bold, with chocolate taking pride of place up front. There was also plenty of roast character. The flavour was likewise with chocolate to the fore, although there was plenty of roast and more than enough coffee to balance out any sweetness. It's got a brilliant dry finish with plenty of bitterness. I highly recommend this one for Porter lovers!
Aurora Borealis Ⅱ has a very strong aroma of cognac straight from being poured. As it warms you begin to get more of a Belgian yeast aroma, which leads into the taste. There's spicy Belgian yeast, there's malt sweetness, there's fruitiness, there's hints of cognac. It's a particularly nice warming beer.
We're over half way through the Bridge Road Beerdvent and I'm sad it's coming towards an end. Thankfully though we have 10 beers (yes, there is a Christmas day beer!) left. I'm not sure which of the rare beers are left to have! I've pretty much exhausted my knowledge of Bridge Road beers and so can't wait to see what comes next!
Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!