Sua Sparkling Wine (Argentina)

Sua Sparkling Wine (Lemon), 10.5% ABV – 750ml, (Argentina)

“Sparkling Wine with natural lemon pulp. Natural fermentation.”

  • Style:(Flavoured) Sparkling Wine
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Sweet lemon zest/alcohol -> fizzy/alcohol warmth -> white wine/candy lemon finish.
  • Where I got it: St John’s Liquor
  • How much: $17, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps with friends
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours almost clear bright mellow golden yellow with some sediment and lively effervescence. Lemon zest on the nose. Drinks with 9/10-sweetness, lemon zest and alcohol up front, medium cloying sugars, burpy in the mids, fizzy mouthfeel, partial alcohol warmth, mellow acidity, light generic alcoholic white wine in the finish, along with a lingering lemon aroma. Medium complexity, medium depth, decent carry, good drinkability. Quite drinkable when nicely chilled; might be more cloying as it warms.

Jubelale Winter Ale (25th Anniversary) – Deschutes (Oregon, USA)

Jubelale Winter Ale (25th Anniversary) – Deschutes, 6.7% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Jubelale is classified as a “Strong Ale” or an “English Olde Ale,” and has ties to the traditional Celebration Ales of England. Characterized by a very large malt body and pronounced bitterness, Jubelale contains five different varieties of hops and a healthy amount of caramel. The perfect ale for surviving the long, cold nights of winter. Our tradition is having a different local artist design our Jubelale label & packaging each year. October – December – draft and bottles ”

  • Style: Strong Ale
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Creamy malted bittersweet caramel -> hoppy/burnt roast/cola -> long lingering heavy dry bitterness.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16/6pack, April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not fully

Tasting notes: pours dark amaretto brown, decent foamy head, ringed retention, sticky lacing, some slow streams. Caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a thick creaminess up front, quickly turning caramel hoppy bitter balanced by 4/10-sweetness, burnt roast, cocoa, finishing long lingering dry hopped bitter. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good carry, okay transitions, okay drinkability. The heavy bitterness is taxing on the palate.

Great White Beer – Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe (California, USA)

Great White Beer – Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe, 4.8% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Eureka, California, USA)

On the front label:

“This light, unfiltered beer is made with two-row malted barley, unmalted wheat, crystal clear mountain water and ale yeast. It is spiced with Coriander and a secret blend of Humboldt herbs that give it a delicate citrusy flavor. Because Great White is unfiltered, natural yeast settling may appear at the bottom of the bottle.”

  • Style: Witbier
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Tangerine creaminess -> yeast/wheat/coriander -> off-dry roughish finish.
  • Where I got it: Darbys
  • How much: $3, April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours almost clear golden yellow with a hint of orange, suspended sediment, almost no head, ringed retention, and lots of active streams. Aromatic tangerine citrus on the nose. Drinks with a bright tangerine fruitiness up front, half creamy/fizzy mouthfeel, 6/10-sweetness, transitioning into off-dry yeast, coriander, light malts, wheat, the body petering out thin/watery, finishing off-dry with a roughish finish. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, not awesome carry, okay drinkability. Good flavour up front but finish isn’t great.

Saison & Noir de Dottignies – Brouwerij de Ranke (Belgium)

Brouwerij de Ranke – * de Dottignies (Dottignies, Belgium)

1) Saison de Dottignies, 5.5% ABV – 33cl

On the front label:

“Unfiltered and unpasteurized top-fermented beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle and taste evolution.”

  • Style: Saison
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Medium sweet/hops -> grapefruit bitter/orange peel -> lingering hoppy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4.50 (after 10%), Feb 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy copper orange with a small head, ringed retention, abundant lively effervescence. Sweet malts and honeyed citrus on the nose. Crisp creamy 5/10-sweetness up front, quickly transitioning into hoppy grapefruit bitterness, light malts, orange, bitter peel, finishing lingering dry hopped. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Great full-bodiedness for a 5.5% ABV beer.

2) Noir de Dottignies, 9% ABV – 33cl

  • Style: Saison
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Heavy sweet malts -> cola/root beer/bittersweet roast -> lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4.50 (after 10%), Feb 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy dark root beer brown, huge foamy creamy head, good retention, sticky lacing. Thick heavy malts on the nose. Intense malty caramel 9/10-sweetness up front laced with alcohol, tastes of cola, root beer, bittersweet roast, finishing lingering bitter. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good carry, good transitions, decent drinkability. Drinks somewhat heavy, but full-bodied.

Blonde de Chambly – Unibroue (Canada)

Blonde de Chambly – Unibroue, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Blonde de Chambly honours the heroic Filles a Marier (marriageable girls) later know as Filles du Roi (King’s daughters). These brave single young women came to Nouvelle France in 1665 to help populate the colony. Many of the married officers and soldiers of Carignan-Salieres Regiment, who built Fort Chambly on the Richelieu River and forged the legendary Iroquois peace of 1667. Most French Canadians are direct descendants of these extraordinary ancestors.

Mild and refreshing Blonde de Chambly has a floral nose and a light citrus bouquet. With it’s foamy white head and lively effervescence, it is an ideal partner for an unforgettable sensory experience.”

  • Style: Blonde Ale
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Sharp burpy -> banana/apricot/wheat -> dry (unbalanced) finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$24/12 variety pack, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden orange-yellow with a large thick foamy head, good retention, lots of very active streams. Mild funk, light citrus & sourness on the nose. Drinks with a sharp burpy bubbliness up front, 7/10-sweetness up front & mild sourness, fading into banana, apricot, wheat/grain, mild coriander, almost salty, cutting dry across the tongue, and an aromatic wheaty exhale. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. The dry finish of this beer is a bit off-putting. Watery mouthfeel.

Hunny Late Harvest Riesling 2011 – See Ya Later Ranch (Canada)

Hunny Late Harvest Riesling 2011 – See Ya Later Ranch, 11% ABV – 375ml, (Okanagan Falls, Canada)

  • Style: Saison
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile:
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25, Nov 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear golden yellow. Tastes of honey, apple, pear, lime, med-sour, somewhat tart, 10/10 sweetness. Nothing terribly exciting but decent when chille

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan (Quebec, Canada)

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan, 7.5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is a dark ruby red with a tawny head-sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a long hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcohol, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St-Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada. Slainte Mhor!”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Dense caramel malts -> roast/fig/nutty/bittersweet chocolate -> malty lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20/10 variety pack, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark ruby red with minimal head, ringed retention, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium-thick caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a full-bodied richness, dense caramel, malts, light roast, notes of figs, slightly nutty, chocolate, finishing malty with 7/10 sweetness, long medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A solid beer.

[2015/10/31 – Re-tasting]: Butterscotch nose, fizzy-burpy CO2, boozy caramel malts up front, cola, hints of vanilla, sweet malt finish. Still a B-.