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Beer – #469 – Yeastie Boys – The Sun Before the Darkness

Next; Spoonbenders, 23 minutes of Kraftwerk, my own private number, and going again.

“Strong golden ale with botrytised viognier candi-sugar.”

Yeastie Boys – The Sun Before the Darkness – one of 3 special beers, this seems to be the rarest of them for no reason I can fathom but when I saw it on the shelf I reached for it. I haven’t got the other two, yet, lets see how this pans out.

For  Yeastie Boys brewed at Invercargill Brewery in the style closest to  Belgian Strong Ale , but perhaps Abbey Tripel and YB are in Wellington, New Zealand.

Packaged as a 330ml bottle of 10% ABV which makes is 2.6 standard drink units,  of 300 calories in this serve, and 50 IBU things.

Friday... for starters....

Friday… for starters….

A new world Tripel with a bouquet of citrus blossom, ripe peach and mango flavours, a silky mouthfeel and a warming, herbaceous spicy finish.

Drink now or cellar for up to five years. 

Like that could happen, although the idea of cellaring beer has ab appeal greater than the depth of my current finances.

Aroma is sour and of a lot of fruits, then is just the fruits.

Lovely orange golden chestnut pour that I couldn’t get to a head, but that happens, Aroma is strong in this one, rich and with a strong od something I want to say is banana but isn’t, quite.

The Sun Before the DarknessWow that is sweet, and definitely  of it’s style, an almost over-full mouthfeel. Alcohol is obvious, to me and just larger than that really rich middle, but no present at the end which is where you might expect it more. It also feels more than 50IBU things.

A ‘big’ beer then sums this up, there are a lot of loud and all in synch things going on which makes this a really interesting and interactive beer to drink, not one that you can quaff and move on from in a hurry. At this point I question my wisdom in starting with this, but it is Friday and what the heck.

As it warms you get more of the harshness of the alcohol showing through, this isn’t a down tick, it’s the way it behaves and I’ve experienced it before, it’s just a thing. Retains it lovely aroma, and that lovely sensation of soft malt sweetness though.

This is only one of the 3 in the Spoonbender series, and from my observation this was the one that was least available, at least when I had beer tokens for shopping with, and honestly I would have gone for the Belgium style beer first time, and almost every time, since at least in my mind they’re my favourite style. Looking at the drinking list you’d pick IPA though, since that is a much more predominant brewing style and standard.

I’m not sure how I’m going to follow this. I know have an IPA 😉

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 a of its things from the thing. I can’t not award this a rare 10 from 10, it has so many good things that make it likeable and not a lot of the rough edges that make you question yourself and your experience. A 10, what trickery in that. 

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes, it makes me smile.
  2. Would I have another? Yes, I might get me another if I see one, for that mythical cellar that I keep or think of keeping, or to drink, whatever my mood.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, I would stand this up against any of this style with no issue at all.

I was listening to a local radio station bFM, and they have a segment called “that song is longer then 6 minutes” and they cracked out this particular number –  the band Kraftwerk, the track -Autobahn. The original first track of the album Autobahn (1974)

23 minutes of all things, should be able to knock off a beer to that.

The title track features both untreated and vocoded vocals. Kraftwerk used a Minimoog, an ARP Odyssey, an EMS Synthi AKS and various devices of their own design and implementation, such as their famous electronic drums.


Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.


One comment on “Beer – #469 – Yeastie Boys – The Sun Before the Darkness

  1. beernotwar
    September 27, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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