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Dream Date - Burleigh Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burleigh Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: heygeebee on 06-28-2014)
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Photo of Breeza
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of doktorhops
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ironically* this was one of the next beers in my fridge to be reviewed [I have a fridge-door beer review system, it’s one of those “chaos=order” type deals]. First thing that grabbed my attention about this limited release was the Roy Lichtensteinesque styled label. Then I saw that it’s brewed with dates, double intrigued it made its way to my chaotic fridge-door TBB (To Be Bruviewed) shelf. Oh yeah and the just-above-dad-joke-level pun name completed the trifecta.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dream Date presents with a clear copper body with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer of lace on top. Could be a little darker for a Dark Ale. 5/10.

S: The dates provide an intriguing over-ripe dried fruit and fig ester, and there is a broad caramel malt base, along with citric hops as well. More hops linger on in the background giving it a touch of a floral quality. Originally was expecting to be overwhelmed by sweet aromas but it is balanced out well by the hops. 8/10.

T: Remarkable, it’s not at all what was anticipated, for one it’s not sweet at all, more hop driven than you would think, and using dates has given it a dry fruit-middle eastern spice feel to it. The flavours are: Dried dark fruits, citric/piney hops, cardamom and vanilla. Finish is long and dry. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. 6/10.

D: Again I was really expecting some sweet cloying date characters, something you would expect in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but it really hit me as more of a restrained American India Pale Ale. In a way I’m disappointed by its lack of “dateness” however it was still smooth and enjoyable. Was it a dream date? No, but that’s only because my dream date would involve me with a fine lady, not a beer [beat that for a dad joke!]. 7/10. Total: 7/10.

Food match: An exotic middle eastern spiced lamb kofta with tagine roasted vegetables would go down quite well with this brew.

*Directed to Claire at Burleigh Brewing.

Photo of Capt_Hotsauce
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of admiral
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer, similar to a hoppy fruitcake!

aroma: fruitcake, peach, dates and caramelised orange predominate.

taste: citrus/orange, orange peel, toffee, apricot, spice, dark malt, fruitcake, dark orange fruit and slight brown sugar.

A tasty beer that is a mish mash of a few different beer styles that work reasonably well together.

Photo of PolarBear3
2.33/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a amber/slightly reddish colour. With small head that disappears looking rather flat

S - Awfully sweet, almost like a sweet white wine (Riesling), a hoppy aromas with some slight candy apple

T - Not as sweet as the nose. Slight hoppiness with a some caramel, toffee and a slight bitter but bland finish

M - Light bodied, very watery and flat

O - A very ordinary beer, not even close to a dark ale and I do not reckon I will finish it

Photo of laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewed for GABS festival in Melbourne, May 2014; tried there on tap. Official program lists ABV as 5.2% but not sure.

Pours an amber colour, with dense beige head that sinks quite quickly. Nice head, but overall looks a bit listless.

Smells sweet upfront, with a touch of vanilla and caramel before hops come through in a bigger way than I expected. US-style with lots of citrus fruit. Bit light on the malt compared to what I expected.

Again mildly hoppy on the palate. Caramel and vanilla notes upfront for alight malt start but yeah, US hops are a bit dominant for something advertised as a dark date ale. Expected darker, more complex sugars and it comes across quite dry and tangy. Not a bad beer though.

Decent, but not quite what I was expecting.

Dream Date from Burleigh Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.