Cuvée Bru Druivenbier – Big Rock Brewery (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Cuvée Bru Druivenbier 2013 – Big Rock Brewery, 6% ABV – 750ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

from the Big Rock Brewery website:

Magic Resides Where Grape and Grain Collide

Balanced like a luminous bubble upon the delicate wire betwixt the grape and grain, Big Rock’s effervescent new experiment will book your taste buds on a glamorous cruise into exciting new waters. Legend tells of a Belgian brewer who, in one of those magical moments when luck fuses gleefully with genius, blended the gentle sweet snap of grape with the robust sensuousness of a young ale. Big Rock has captured that golden moment of eureka with its exciting new Druivenbier – Flemish for ‘grape beer’. Glistening Pinot Gris grapes have been plucked from the warm bosom of Therapy Vineyards on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, BC. These grapes were then introduced to a sophisticated blend of three of Big Rock’s finest malts. This is a true Druivenbier – rarely seen in North America, and uncompromisingly elegant to the last puckish bubble”

on the back label:

“One day, some of Therapy Vineyard’s finest Pinot Gris grapes from Naramata, British Columbia fell in love with a mild and refreshing Big Rock ale. Cuvee Bru is the sparkling gem that came from their union: delightful, intriguing, and just scandalous enough to make society pages. This is one sophisticated libation you’ll want to know.”

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  • Style: (Pinot Gris – Fruit Beer) Druivenbier
  • Taste: Sweet Malt liquor with grape juice & sourness
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $13 (5% off) – 750ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours copper pale orange (Welch’s white grape juice) with minimal head, a very thin layer of retention, a bit of lacing, lots of steady evenly spaced streams.

Nose: musky liquid barley malt (aka Malt liquor), medium bright grape juice, apple juice. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: juice-like sugars, sweet-crisp

Mid-palate: thickish viscosity, (lvl-7)-long sweetness, (MAIN) malt liquor, barley, fruity white grape, liquid malt sweetener.

Finish: tamed acidity, light sour/tangy, more barley malt, a touch of bitterness, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Drinks like a white grapey Colt 45, but with sweetened almost artificially. Can’t say I loved this one bit it is decent when properly chilled and straight out of the bottle.