Rosmarinus Aromatic Ale – Big Rock Brewery (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Rosmarinus Aromatic Ale – Big Rock Brewery, 5.6% ABV, 341ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Combining fresh rosemary with our all-natural beer, we present to you and invigorating and delicious pale ale. This ancient herb, long treasured for its fragrance, will seduce you with its alluring scent and vibrant taste. Rosmarinus Officinalis: Comfort in a glass.”

  • Style: (flavoured) Pale Ale
  • Taste Profile: crisp fizzy -> thin/barley malt/rosemary/grass -> dry/flat/not-clean finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.50/6pack, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Usually I NEVER buy 6-packs for the simple fact that I have to drink 6 of the same thing on 6 different days where I could be drinking 5 other new things instead…anyways, ended up sharing the rest with friends to go with the drinking games. Pours medium dark brown with a very small lasting thin head, foamy CO2, lots of streams.

Nose: clean sweet honey-grain malted rosemary, reminding me of sweet bread. Very pleasant (7/10-aromatic strength)

Attack: crisp, numbingly-fizzy

Mid-palate: thin-bodied, (MAIN) barley malts, med-sweetness(6/10), med-soft rosemary flavour (MILD) cereal

Finish: malty-dry, flat-flavoured burpy finish

Summary: Delivers rosemary flavour as promised, but not exactly refined or awesome. Body and mouthfeel are thin, no length/carry to the flavours. Just average or slightly less because I wouldn’t want to drink 5 more of these.