Just like you, but different
Garage Project Cookies & Cream. A collaboration of sorts, a beer made for a well known establishment, but not one I’m familiar with, or have visited, in a style of their own.
This is the 650ml bottle of a beer that is 6.2% ABV and about 186 calories a serve size, it also has 20 IBU things, and thats about 3.18 standard drink units in this bottle.
Brewed by Garage Project in the style we know as Belgian Strong Ale and they’re based in Wellington, New Zealand
A touch of sweet indulgence made in collaboration with Auckland’s iconic Moustache Milk & Cookie bar.
Brewed with Belgian yeast, dark caramelised malts and milk sugars to create a beer with a rich, juicy dark malt and biscuit character with just a hint of chocolate and a touch of spice.
Go and treat yourself.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
The aroma, that distinct slightly sour yeast and then following a sweeter note.
Dark burnt bronze, almost black pour, with a tinged brown head that looks lovely and inviting. Aroma in the glass carries from the bottle.
Then you taste it and get instantly that it’s a Belgian Ale, and then you get this burst of chocolate sweetness, and spice, and an assault on the tongue that now feels like it’s been hit with something it wasn’t expecting.
Overall though this lacks body and middle a fuller moutht-feel that would really give yu the sense and experience of that cookies and particularly the cream part, and that really is a bit disappointing.
Garage Project beers are often at one end of a pendulum, I don’t think this is on the upside swing of that scale, it’s ok but barely. I was so looking forward to this, as a Sunday beer is a proper indulgence and something as a reward and relaxation.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It sits in the middle of a 7 and 8 to be fair, it looks nice has a nice aroma and is pleasant enough to dink, but it adds nothing to your experience
The double dip review
Music for this: ” Streets of Laredo ” and ” Wild” on the Spotify
Streets of Laredo are an indie-folk band of joy. Originally from New Zealand too, and a fine bit of music this is.
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.
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Checking out the Streets of Laredo on Spotify now. As for the cookies and cream beer, nah, I’ll pass. Not sure if I’ve mentioned, but there’s a new craft brewer in town who has a mix of odd combinations that mix in food flavors with the ol’ ale. I’ve been meaning to stop by and try a few. Maybe in the next week or two. I’ll report back to you.
opinion seems divided, and there is some suggestion that it needs to be served at 5 degrees, or more worms than not. Not sure that a sweet beer would work well warm. Adding things to beers, I know that Rogue made donut tasting ones (weird donuts), and there are the usual things, although I haven’t seen much pumpkin beer lately.
Lots of Pumpkin Ale here the last month or two. Now time for the Christmas Ales.