Review: Dageraad Lekkers Dark Belgian-Style Ale with Orange Peel

I picked up some beers during my visit to Dageraad Brewing back in January, which includes a couple cans of Lekkers Dark Belgian-style ale with orange peel. I've had the beer in the fridge since then, so it's time for me to finally try it out.

From the website: A dark ale brewed with chocolate malt, caramelized sugar and orange peel, Lekkers smells and tastes like dessert, but it finishes drier than you’d expect. The slight sweetness is just enough to lure you back for another sip of this deliciously more-ish beer.
Malted barley, hops, sugar, orange peel, yeast, water. 5.5% ABV

Appearance: Dark ale with a dark brown body to it and a bit of a ruby red hue when in the light. The head is fairly light with a bit of beige hue to it. Light amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Certainly getting a good amount of orange peel in this beer. Sweet caramel maltiness, a bit of roasty as well, hint of chocolate, Belgian yeast and raisins at the end.

Taste: Bit of a roasted malt profile to it that gives a hint of coffee and leaves behind a bit of an aftertaste to it. Decently sweet with notes of orange peel, sugar, caramel and dark chocolate. There's a bit of a dark fruit presence to it (raisins/figs). Smooth on the mouthfeel and the aftertaste is fairly light, leaving behind a hint of a fig and caramel but that's really it.

Overall Thoughts: For a Belgian-style Dark Ale, this is quite reminiscent of a classic English Dark Ale (such as an English Mild) as it has a bit of a roasted malt and chocolatey presence to it, though it does have a Belgian vibe to it. Fairly sweet ale with figs/raisins and a orange peel. With the chocolate and orange peel in this beer I assumed it would have a Terry's Chocolate Orange vibe to it, but it doesn't.. which is a good or bad thing depending on whether or not you enjoy that.

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