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Beer – #1000 – Garage Project – Gyle 500

That’s it then, that’s perfect. A Garage Project Gyle 500 – 1,000 beers, and a change of plan at the last moment and the grande finale was dropped to something more manageable, but equally as celebratory.

Garage Project reached 500 brews and released a beer to mark that occasion. I’ve reached 1,000 beers, which is twice as many beers as they’ve brewed, and that seemed to be some kind of synergy.

Smooth with vanilla with a light chocolate biscuit.

This is a 500ml bottle of a beer that is 14% ABV, making it around the 380ish calories a serve, this bottle is around 5.5 standard drinks

Gyle 500 is brewed by Garage Project this one is in the style: Belgian Strong Ale and they are in Wellington, New Zealand. I notice that the Brewers Guild in NZ has this listed in  “Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel, Wood-Aged” where it ran a Bronze award.

The singe double

Brewed to celebrate Garage Project’s 500th batch of beer. Strong Ale style. Dark, spiced and barrel aged.

Gyle 500 is our strongest brew yet, aged for over a year in only three bourbon barrels-resulting in a decadent strong dark ale.

The label type is an original work by local legend Klim Type Foundry, making this a true collectors item.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

It’s been a log time coming!

That’s a big aroma, for moment I got a burst of orange pith, and sugar sweetness, then it settles into a darker chocolate note, it’s amazing, or I’m exaggerating with excitement.

Pour is darker brown, but not pitch black, and no head, which Iw as disappointed by.

In glass aroma is a very familiar Belgium yeast.

That’s a big a beer as I’ve had in a long time,, it’s a real full mouthfeel alcohol tang sweet dark bitter gorgeousness of a drink.

Everything a celebration beer should be, this has a big aroma, and big mouthfeel. Bitter dark sweetness with an alcohol tang and a dry finish. This is rather the nicest beer I’ve had for a while.

This is a beer I don’t want to finish,  you get that nose of aroma, then you get a sup, which leads to the alcohol burn underneath the fullness of deep dark flavoured beer, and then a smack of dryness.  It could be addictive.

The alcohol in this does somewhat being to gain momentum and take over as a lead, but the supporting cast are doing their bit, but sadly this a beer that starts to become a bit hard work as a contemplative exercise, and whilst you really want that burn and the smoothness you also don’t want it.

All said though, what a beer, what a beer indeed.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. A big big beer that has a lot of really nice and enjoyable facets that become overwhelming and eventually overwhelmed by the alcohol tang. But it is glorious!

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill had a couple left, one less now of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? Bu oath yes!
  • Would I have another? Yes, but I doubt there are many left.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes this is a brilliant bit of beer and a lovely experience in the style, it gives a lot and you get a lot from it,

Music for this:  Frampton Comes Alive! (Deluxe Edition) by Peter Frampton  on the Spotify


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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