Wild Ride 2nd Anniversary Beer – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Wild Ride 2nd Anniversary Beer – Parallel 49 Brewery, 9.0% ABV – 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the front left-side label:

“The last two years have been more than a little crazy around here, and what better way to celebrate than with a beer to match. This Belgian-style golden strong is finished with brettanomyces – exploding with funky and fruity flavours. So strap yourself in, it’s going to be a wild one.”

  • Style: Belgian-Style Strong Ale
  • Taste: Barley malt red apple
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.50 – 650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not that special

Visual: Pours clear deep golden yellow with a smallish head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, many clustered steady streams.

Nose: medium sour-acidic, non-aggressive barnyard, barley malts, apple cider. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: smooth micro bubbly mouthfeel, crisp bite

Mid-palate: light sour, some funk, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) mild alcohol detection, barley malts, metallic, red apple juice

Finish: burpy, yeasty, very subtle hops, lingering barley sweet finish.

Summary: Pretty decent and quite drinkable for a high ABV beer. Flavours aren’t that deep, ie. not bold.