Endeavour Belgian Blonde Ale & Vanilla Porter

Belgian Blonde & Vanilla Porter
6.1% & 4.2%

With the Sydney weather finally threatening to break into something resembling winter but not quite managing to cloud out the sunshine completely, the brewers at Endeavour have straddled the seasons by releasing something light and something dark.

Beginning on the light side we have the Belgian Blonde Ale. This is their tribute to the unassuming old style of golden ale, where a handful of lighter malts have been cooked up together with some candied sugar and a Belgian yeast. In terms of aroma, the yeast doesn’t deliver a full hit of punchy phenols, instead dealing in subtle sweet fruits with a little banana ester and some spiciness. Once it hits your mouth, the immediately defining character is the sweetness from that candy which teams up with the malt for a fulsome mouthfeel that gradually dries out, leaving a sweet little sensation that promptly encourages you to quickly pursue the next sip. It all comes together in a way that gives little hint the beer is hiding more than six percent ABV.

The dark beer of the pair is the Vanilla Porter though it is actually, on one measure at least, the lighter of the two due to having an ABV of just over four percent ABV. This is the second beer to have been made with staff at the Tap Rooms, following the recent Saison, and they’ve opted to show off their collective sweet side. To do so, they took a fairly traditional porter profile and added vanilla, resulting in a beer with classic dark chocolate and subtle roast characters from the malt that marry up with the fragrant extract. It’s not a weighty beer, but an approachable one that offers gentle reward and leaves you with a slightly sweet sensation.

Nick Oscilowski

Published June 1, 2018

Endeavour Brewing & Tap Rooms

39-43 Argyle Street
The Rocks
Sydney 2000

(02) 8592 5404
Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: midday to 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11.30am to midnight
Sunday: 11.30am to 10pm

Fermentis SafLager E-30
Thirsty Merchants PoO 24

More from Endeavour Brewing & Tap Rooms

Endeavour Reserve Amber Ale 2020
Amber Ale
Endeavour Brewing Sunset Haze & Red Flannel IPA
6.4% & 6.8%
Endeavour Brewing Hoppy Days XPA
Endeavour Brewing Rockstar Pale Ale
Pale Ale
Endeavour Brewing Rosé Pilsner & Lemon Lime Sorbet Ale
Fruit Pilsner & Fruit Sour
Both 5.1%
Endeavour Brewing Stacked IPA (Cans)
Endeavour Ygritte's Nitro Red & Grapefruit IIPA
Red Ale & IIPA
4.8% & 8.1%
Endeavour OPT Porter & Hazy Wet Hop IPA & Voyager Amber Ale
Various styles
Endeavour James Blonde
Belgian Blonde Ale
Endeavour & Akasha AK/EB Hoppy Brown
Hoppy Brown Ale
Endeavour Fresh Cut Citrus Pale Ale
Citrus Pale Ale
Endeavour Dark Wheat
Endeavour Kolsch & Red Rye IPA & Dessert Stout
Kolsch & Red Rye IPA & Sweet Stout
5.2% / 6.1% / 6.4%
Endeavour Native Ale
Fruit / Spice Beer
Endeavour New South Pils & Reserve Amber & Belgian Tripel
Pilsner & Amber & Tripel
Endeavour Scottish Heavy & Choc Orange Stout
Mid-Strength & Choc Orange Stout
Endeavour Donker Zuur
Sour ale
Endeavour Wet-Hopped Cascadian Dark Ale & Summer Saison
Cascadian Dark Ale & Saison
5.9% & 4.7%
Endeavour Argyle Ale 2018 & Double Stacked IPA
Barleywine & Double IPA
8.7% & 8.0%
Endeavour V.E.R.D.
Red Ale