Thursday, May 24, 2012
Today I'm drinking Urkontinent, a Belgian-style Dubbel with just a few twists brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Here's what I mean by twists: "Wattleseed from Australia, toasted amaranth from South America, rooibos tea from Africa, myrica gale from Europe and honey from the United States." I personally muttered WTF when I read all that. Apparently Dogfish got together with Google and some tech geeks around the world to find ingredients that are representative of each continent to produce a beer that hits on the theory that all the continents were connected at one point in history. That's pretty much all the research I'm willing to do, so there!
The label art for my wine bottle appears to show some galactic seal pointing to five spots on Earth, presumably from where each ingredient came from. Honestly, I am not sure I ever heard of any of them except for the honey from North America (and don't pretend you know what they are either. It's pretty clear Google's involvement was so you'd have to Google all of them). And I sure as hell don't know what they taste like. There are also some ominous clouds hovering above everything on the label. Perhaps that was how the continents all broke apart? OK. Time for beer drinking!
Malty aroma with interesting spices. Quite the bouquet of caramel and raisins and cherries with a lightly sweet overtone. VERY Interesting flavors. I got a little coffee in the initial sip, but after a few more I didn't really taste that anymore. Rather, I was much more engulfed with chocolate and lots of cherry flavors. Over and over.
Nuances of roasted nuts come through. Flowery and with good balance. There is a definite sweet Belgian candi sugar aspect, yeasty and spicy too. But the 8% alcohol seems to knock down the sweetness and light syrupy body a notch, also adding some heat in the chest.
Damn. That cherry is really prominent. This is basically a traditional sweet dubbel, nice dark fruits and sweetness. But then some really interesting and unique spices and honey and other crazy nuances turn this into a PhD Science Fair Beer. I'd check it out again, price permitting.