Tuk Tuk Brew Dunkel
Brewery: Tuk Tuk Brew
Color: dark brown, ruby highlights
Head: creamy, dense
Nose: some roast
Palate: roasty, hint of chocolate
Finish: clean, bitter
Served: on tap taster at the brewery
Impression: This is a brewery that would have likely been missed due to time constraints and being in one of the prime wine towns in South Africa. My wife is a great sport and loves both beer and wine but our trip to South Africa was planned to be more of a wine affair. I knew this place was here but figured we wouldn’t get to it so I didn’t do a lot of research on it. It looked like a typical modern brewpub and I had imagined the beers would be unimaginative at best. After a day on the wine tram, we were looking for a departure and Tuk Tuk provided just that. The tannins were getting to us and when I saw a Dunkles on the beer menu, I decided to give it a go. Living in Munich, I shy away from such beers abroad. It’s rare to get a good one but it just sounded like what I wanted. That it was, it was balanced and clean. Though flavorful with a moreish finish, it wasn’t overly hoppy. It might not have been up there with Munich’s best but I’ve had worse Dunkles in Germany and that’s saying a lot.
How about another South African craft beer?