Booze Banter

A Review of Vibrant P’Ocean by Dogfish Head and Rodenbach

We’re all about collaboration at BoozeDancing Multimedia, LLC (for the record, we’re not really an LLC, but typing it sure does make us feel important. Even if it’s a lie), because we firmly believe that when it comes to content creation, two or more heads are definitely better than one. Not because we enjoy working together, but because when there’s more than one person at the helm, you can always blame someone else when things goes wrong. And believe us, something ALWAYS goes wrong!

“A collaboration 200 years in the making…”

That’s the tagline for Vibrant P’Ocean, a collaborative brew that was created by Belgium’s Rodenbach and Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head, two breweries that are known for creating unique and never boring beers. We’ve had many a fine beer from these two breweries over the years, so when the opportunity to get a sneak peek of what sounded like a very interesting concoction via an email that landed in our inbox, we jumped at the chance to give it a try.

Here’s what the fine brewers at Dogfish Head have to say about Vibrant P’Ocean:

It was at an annual meeting of the world’s leading brewers (the Craft Brewers Conference in 2018) that our relationship with Rodenbach began, blossoming over a few good sour beers.

Inspired by the ocean that connects us, Vibrant P’Ocean is a complex, ruby-colored ale with tart, dry flavors of jammy berries and floral lemon. To create this trans-oceanic potion, we carefully combined two unique base beers – one developed by Rodenbach and the other by our brewers here in Milton.

Rodenbach’s portion – a two-year, foeder-aged sour from its legendary, standing oak casks – was brewed in Belgium before making its 3,400-mile (or 1,000-nautical league) voyage to Delaware.

From there, it was blended with our portion – a kettle sour brewed with pilsner malt, malted wheat, elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons and Belgian fleur-de-sel.

There is no doubt that a whole lot of effort, and even more imagination, went into the making of this beer. Was all of this effort worth it? That’s what we’re here to find out! To see and hear what we thought of this transoceanic collaborative brew, click the play button on the following video:

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Many thanks to Dogfish Head for sending us these very generous samples!

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