220. Dream Date

Posted: August 29, 2014 in Australian ales
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Dream Date - BOTTLEDream Date

Company info:
Burleigh Brewing Co
Burleigh Heads, Q.L.D


Bottle size sampled: 650 mL

Alcohol: 5.7%
Standard drinks: 3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $8.99 AU

Label info: ‘Fancy a drink? We did. And oddly for us, it wasn’t a beer that had our heads in a spin and hearts in a flutter. Instead, it was a chance encounter with a seriously smooth, sticky date liqueur.
But being brewers, not distillers, our minds soon wandered to howe we might have some fruity  fun of our own with this enchanting ingredient.
So began a labour of love to perfect a process of blending hundreds of kilos of fresh dates with three specially selected, medium and dark malts – and a generous serving of aromatic hops.
The result is a deliciously dark ale with subtle notes of caramel, toffee and sundried fruit.
It’s a match made in heaven – and brewed in Burleigh’
‘What’s in it? Hundred of kilos of dates, brewed with a blend of specially selected medium-dark malts and a generous serving of aromatic hops.
What’s not in it? Anything nasty or artificial like preservatives, additives, pre-isomerised hop products, foam enhancers, animal or fish products, high gravity brewing processes…or anything else that has no place in beer!’
‘IBU – 50
EBC – 48
Food match – Best enjoyed over a shared tapas plate.
Drinking temperature – 4 to 6°C’

What the label really means: Wow – could they fit in any more information? Nuff said, go home. Nothing to see here.

The Hell-Cat review starts hereDream Date - GLASS

Label: This is the second bottle printed label I’ve come across from Burleigh Brewing – this one I love. Created in a pop art nod to Lichtenstein it depicts a mono-chromatic hetero couple in a passionate embrace, lip locked and loving it. The comic book style of dotted print circles fill in the spaces of colour and ‘Dream Date’ flashes up above them like a dirty b-grade horror film title. Green, red and blue are the colours used here, right around the bottle and it looks brilliant. My only problem is that, as much as I love the detail Burleigh goes to on their labels, it’s once again a bit too crowded. There’s a little too much going on here. The main image and brew name is sufficient to propel this label into a breathless, sweaty, sleeping in the wet-spot beauty.

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA: Freakin’ amazing. A Summer fruits aroma wafts up that simply blows my mind. With subtle hints of toffee, this truly blows my mind like Divine Brown inside my cranium.

Taste: GLASS – If this was a water slide it’d be called the Super Smooth Slider. It slides back with the sweetest of ease. There’s the ever so slight taste of raisins or dates pushed along with an aftertaste of dark malt and a very subtle bitterness. This is an exceptionally crafted brew that continues to strengthen after numerous tastings. And it’s all courtesy of a brewery that always produces quality in every drop.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Sucked back from the bottle you’ll get all those awesome dry fruit flavours still and much of the enjoyment. Unfortunately you no longer get engulfed in that panty dropping aroma. Stick to the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Im thinking a spicy meat such as chorizo with a good slab of haloumi. Why? Well why the hell not?

Best season to appreciate: A good winter brew to curl up with beside a fire place.

All-nighter beer? It’s a bit too malt heavy for me to drink all night. But I’d be ready to have another crack with it after a very short recovery period.


  1. 'Tard Blumpkin says:

    ‘Choose ’em, fooze ’em, and spews ’em!’ That’s ‘Tard’s whiffling motto, and last night he mottoed his way through two quartets of Moon Dog Love Tap Double Lager. It’s more a frooty pale ale in lager clothing than a lager proper. It was well worth a morning onion.


  2. 'Tard Blumpkin says:

    After much badgering, the minions at my local Murphettorium have assured me they’ll have this stuff on their beer shelf by tomorrow arvo. I’m unconvinced with their sincerity, so I’m exploring other avenues.


    • 'Tard Blumpkin says:

      The minions finally delivered. Alas, I fear the frozen chook that was dropped on my head as a child – a Steggles 37 – damaged my pleasure centre, because I got none of the joy you got from this stuff, ‘Kazoo. I was disappointed and inconsolable. Fortunately, I was able to console myself by burning a car tire … while it was still on my annoying neighbour’s car. That always bucks me up.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s