Mission Hill Martin’s Lane Riesling 2009 (Canada)

Martin’s Lane Riesling 2009 – Mission Hill Winery,13.0% ABV – 750ml, (Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Riesling (Single Vineyard, 1st Vintage, 400 cases)
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Red Apple -> Tart Green Apple -> Puckering sourness -> Light warmth
  • Where I got it: @Mission Hill Winery
  • How much: $28, July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours crystal clear medium golden yellow. Inviting apple aroma on the nose. Fruity red apple up front, tart green apple, medium sweetness (6/10), honeydew melon, puckering acidity and sourness near the finish, light tang and warmth and almost salty. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability.

Pineapple Express Wheat Ale – Whistler Brewing (Canada)

Pineapple Express Wheat Ale – Whistler Brewing,5% ABV – 650ml,(Whistler, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“A Pineapple Express can be many things. And in Whistler, it’s the perfect excuse to kick back and enjoy a few ales. This golden beauty’s just the ticket. We start with a light blonde ale grist, and add a ratio of pure wheat malt. We then blend pineapple crush into the mash, and drizzle juice into the fermenter. We’ve been brewing award-winning wheat ales for five years now. This one’s as fresh as a warm breeze – straight from the shores of Maui.”

  • Style: Fruit wheat ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Pineapple sweet -> wheat malt-> off-dry-> rough finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange with minimal head, a few slow-moving CO2 streams. Pineapple juice on the nose. Smooth and fruity sweet pineapple (5/10) up front, light wheat malts in the mids, tingly fizzy mouthfeel, finishes off-dry light bitter and slightly rough on the palate. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, very good drinkability. Quite good for a seasonal beer.

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – Rogue (Newport, OR, USA)

Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – Rogue, 6.5% ABV – 1 pt.9.4 oz, (Newport, OR, USA)

13 Ingredients: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts; Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Independent Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast Specs: 14º PLATO 30 IBU 76 AA 30º Lovibond World Class Package: 750ml painted bottle.

  • Style: Smoked Beer
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Intense smoke->watery malts-> maple caramel-> lingering smoke
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $16 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours maple syrup brown, smallish head, some slow-moving CO2 streams. Very intense and aromatic applewood & hickory smoke on the nose. A burst of hickory smoke up front, light and watery malts in the mids, light sweetness (3/10), minor saltiness, light maple caramel, finishes with a long smokiness and a light bitterness. Some medium sourness as the beer warms. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, good drinkability. Definitely a unique beer and one of the best looking bottles I’ve ever seen.

King Heffy – Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC, Canada)

King Heffy – Howe Sound Brewing, 7.7% ABV – 1L, (Squamish, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“This beer, a high gravity hefeweizen brewed with German hefe yeast, Pale and Munich malted barley, White Wheat and Amarillo and Saaz hops. The special hefe yeast gives a unique banana, clove and vanilla aroma to this delicious summer beer. Truly cloudy but sunny inside! A toast to King Heffy!”

  • Style: Imperial Hefeweizen
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Aggressive sweet malts -> banana clove-> rough bitterness
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8.50, June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, barely

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden orange yellow with a smallish head, foamy CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Lots of malted bananas and cloves on the nose. A burst of alcoholicsweetness up front (7/10), medium malts mixed with banana, cloves (anise), hints of vanilla, finishes rough with a jagged bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. Decent aromas but the malts are too aggressive and cloying on the palate.

Moulin des Costes 2010 Bandol – Domaines Bunan (France)

Moulin des Costes 2010 Bandol – Domaines Bunan, 13.5% ABV – 750ml, (Bandal, Provence, France)

  • Style: (Bandol) Rosé
  • Winner of Medaille d’Argent Paris 2011
  • Bandol reds and rosés are made up of at leas t50% mourvedre grapes
  • the rosés typically have spicy, earthy, and strawberry aromas

My notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Profile: Dry -> Fruity -> Alcohol -> Sour -> Flat finish
  • Where I got it: Liberty Wines
  • How much: $38, Feb 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: mmm, no

Tasting notes: pours a medium-light pink with extreme clarity. A very strawberry-red field berry fruity and inviting nose. Upon sipping, it comes off as dry, notes of strawberry,mild tinging spice, alcohol warmth in the mids, medium-high sour (7/10) acidity near the finish, and a flat carry. Not my type of wine.

Pike Tandem Double Ale – The Pike Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

Pike Tandem Double Ale – The Pike Brewing Co., 7.0% ABV – 1pt 6fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Hops, Coriander, Organic Sugar, Yeast.

  • Style: American Strong Ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: well-balanced and drinkable medium dark ale
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: $6 (after 10%), 12/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours almost black yet brown, small head, smallish micro CO2, some visible slow-moving CO2 streams. Sweet medium caramel malts on the nose. Bright fizziness up front, followed by a medium sweet (5/10) malted caramel mid, coriander in the background, creamy fizzy mouthfeel, light chocolate, finishes with mild hops, light oak, and a medium soft and lingering bitter finish (6/10). Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, nice drinkability. Solid though nothing exceptional.

La Frenz Semillon 2009 (Canada)

Semillon 2009 – La Frenz,12.5% ABV – 750ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

  • Style: White Wine
  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I don’t like it: no awesome flavours in this
  • Where I got it: ordered direct from their website
  • How much: $20, 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light yellow. A bit of green apple on the nose. Low-medium sweetness (3/10), a hint of salt, minerals, green apple,med-high tartness(7/10), medium sour (5/10). Transitions from bright -> dark -> tangy -> dark. Can’t say that it is particularly refreshing due to it’s salty/beefiness; definitely not for me.