Total Score: 7/10
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.
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.