Dageraad Randonneur Saison

Today being the US Election day, and having a Vancouver Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings hockey game on, I thought it would be appropriate to indulge in a mid-week beer after work. I was very impressed by the beer selection at the small Thrifty Foods Liquor Store I stopped at on the way home – shelves and shelves of tall cans, bombers and craft beers in 4- or 6-packs were available for me, with some I had yet to try.

I was about to pick up a familiar Strawberry Wit Beer when I noticed they had about 7 different offerings from Dageraad Brewing in Vancouver. Dageraad was awarded the Brewery of the Year award at the 2018 Canadian Beer Awards, and have always offered a good beer in my experience. I haven’t visited their tasting room yet (although I hear good things), but I have been to some ‘tap takeovers’ locally and will definitely give a new Dageraad beer a chance.

Today I selected the Randonneur Saison – it was new to me, but apparently has been available for several years.

The first thing I noticed about his beer, unfortunately, was the massive head. I had barely started pouring when the bubbles overflowed my glass. I have no issues with bubble in general – typically having the bubble in your glass means less carbonation waiting for your stomach – but this was over the top (literally!).

The beer tasted fine once it calmed down. I wouldn’t say it had a distinctive flavor, rather a mild one with few forward characteristics. The description of the beer references lemons, I thought it was more of a grapefruit taste myself. It was easy drinking, but not memorable. 

I’m a fan of saisons generally, but I think this one is a pass for me. Perhaps I’m just disappointed given the high hopes I had of Dageraad.

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