St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, Canada)

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV – 341ml,(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

  • Style: (Flavoured) Wheat Ale
  • My Rating: C-
  • Taste Profile: Fruity apricot -> wheaty sweet malts/yeast/coriander -> bitter/funky/non-clean finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear golden orange with a small head, ringed retention, lots of active streams. Bright fruity apricot on the nose. Drinks with a bubbly tingly carbonated mouthfeel, tastes of apricot, 7/10-sweet wheaty malts, yeast, coriander, sourish bitter funk thin-watery, non-clean finish. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, below average carry, below average drinkability.

5 A.M. Saint iconoclastic amber ale – Brew Dog (Scotland)

5 A.M. Saint iconoclastic amber ale – Brew Dog, 5% ABV – 330ml,(Scotland)

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Silky mouthfeel -> grapefruit/hops/malts/caramel -> bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it: St. John’s Liquor
  • How much: $4, March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy brownish orange with a smallish head, not much retention, good lacing, some slow streams. Aromatic malts, caramel, and hints of tangerine hops on the nose. Buttery smooth creamy entry, silky mouthfeel, tastes of bitter orange peel, sharp fresh lively hops, malts, grapefruit, caramel, finishing boldly hoppy bitter. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, great transitions, great carry, great drinkability.

Rayon Vert – Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA, USA)

Rayon Vert – Green Flash Brewing, 7.0% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Pale Ale
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy sweetness -> barnyard/clove/ginger/tangerine peel -> nutmeg bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: 6/$13 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with a massive wtf foamy head, very sticky lacing, large clusters of fast CO2 streams. Sour tangy apple and mild barnyard on the nose. Very creamy mouthfeel up front, balanced 7/10-sweetness, tastes of barnyard, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, bitter tangerine peel, and a long nutmeg exhale. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, excellent carry, great drinkability. Fab Belgian-Pale Ale hybrid.

Double Stout – Green Flash Brewing, 8.8% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

  • Style: (strong) Stout
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy sweetness -> roast coffee/burnt malt -> bitter chocolate finish.
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: 6/$13 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours ink jet black, small creamy foamy head, light ringed retention, minor lacing, slow clustered streams. Aromatic coffee on the nose. Ultra satin creamy mouthfeel up front, 7/10-sweetness, roasted coffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, burnt malts, finishing smooth and lingering bittersweet. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, great depth, great drinkability. An excellent stout for a fab price.

2nd tasting (2/2013): awesome roasted nose and creamy head on the pour. Detected a bit of licorice in the flavour profile, along with mild coffee sourness in the finish. Quite milky/creamy. Very nice mouthfeel.

8th Generation Old Vines Riesling 2010 (Canada)

Old Vines (25 yr old) Riesling 2010 – 8th Generation Vineyard, 12.8% ABV – 750cl, (Summerland, BC, Canada) (1) Dryness, 325 cases produced.

  • Style: Riesling
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Heavy sugar/denseness -> acidity/pineapple/tangy/sourness -> cloying/alcoholic/rough finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $23 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light-med golden yellow, with surprising trace amounts of bubbles. Drinks with heavy sugars and denseness up front, rich acidity, pineapple, med-high tangy and sourness, 7/10-cloying sweetness transitions into light alcohol detection and some roughness in the finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Heavy at first but it dissipates shortly after.

Desperados (beer with tequila)

Desperados (beer with tequila) – brewed by Heineken (France), 5.9% ABV – 33cl, (Rueil-Malmaison, France)

  • Style: (flavoured) Pale Lager
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Sugary lemon-lime -> creamy/yeast/bitter lemon peel -> off-dry/rough/lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: 3/$9 (after 10%), Nov 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours medium golden amber, almost no head, thin ringed retention, some very slow CO2 streams. Lemon-lime Sprite on the nose. 8/10-artificial-like sugary sweetness up front, slightly cloying, tastes a lot like lemon-lime soda (Sprite), tingly-creamy mouthfeel, mild yeastiness, transitioning into lemon peel bitterness, finishing slightly dry, mildly rough in the mouth, lingering bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, okay transitions, not much carry, decent drinkability.


(12/26/2016 re-tasting): lime cordial flavour, a bit of the bitter lime oils but mostly candy-esqe with very detectable palate roughness. Tangy beer with a bit of lime, but nothing compared to fresh lime.

St-Ambroise Citrouille – McAuslan (Montreal, Canada)

St-Ambroise Citrouille – McAuslan, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Brewed just once a year, the Great St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale returns this fall to bewitch beer lovers with a savory blend of pale and caramel malts, hops, pumpkin and spices. If you enjoy the out-of-the-ordinary, this seasonal offering will be sure to please you.

Ingredients: water, malt, wheat, hops, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin.”

  • Style: (season-Pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Brown sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg -> caramel malts/cola -> ginger/pumpkin/clean light-watery finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: 4/$10, Fall 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Tasting notes: pours clear med-dark nut brown, small head, thin ringed retention, some slow CO2 streams. Brown sugar and malts on the nose. Drinks with a delicious 6/10-sweetness brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malts, cola, traces of ginger and pumpkin, finishing clean, crisp, and just the right viscosity, however, finishing slightly watery. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent transitions, good carry, great drinkability.

Retasted 11/17/2012: Can’t get past the wateriness, downgraded to B.