Thylacine is a collaboration brew with the enigmatic Clever Yeti Brewing. He wanted to brew something “old world” and brown, using many herbs. I suggested we brew a Belgian dubbel and we settled on using elderflower, licorice root, lindi peppers, and wolfberries (aka goji berries).
The beer is much darker than a dubbel should be – almost black – and dubbels traditionally are not spiced, so technically Thylacine is not a dubbel. We’re calling it a black herbal dubbel. To me, it tastes like a slightly chocolatey version of Westmalle dubbel with the addition of herbs. There’s a distinct cacao-like aroma in the nose and in the flavor. You can feel the warmth from the lindi peppers and the astringency of the elderflowers in the finish.
The thylacine was the Tasmanian wolf (or Tasmanian tiger), which was hunted to extinction in the 1930s. Its habitat ranged from Tasmania, to Australia, to New Guinea. Coincidentally, just last night I was looking for a movie to watch and found one called The Hunter, which is about a corporate mercenary sent to hunt down the last surviving thylacine still hiding out in the wild after all these years. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but it can’t be that bad if Willem Dafoe is in it. It includes some actual film footage of the last living thylacine from the ’30s.