Invasion Farmhouse IPA – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: A-

Invasion Farmhouse IPA – Mikkeller (Brewed & Bottle by Anchorage Brewing Co., Anchorage, Alaska, USA) – Batch #2 NOV/2012, 8.0% ABV, – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

What are Brettanomyces?

  • a wild strain of yeast that produces acetic acid if provided with lots of sugar
  • gives Saisons, Farmhouse Ales, Oud Bruins, Flander’s Red Ales, etc their characteristic “funk” flavours, = barnyard, horse poo, manure, but in a good way
  • under the right conditions in the hands of a brewmaster, they can create complex desirable flavours

Here is a great read about the effects of Bretts on beer:

What is 100% Brett Beer?

  • Style: (Farmhouse) IPA
  • Taste: Crisp fizzy grapefruit bitter hopped citrus dry oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $25 (after 5% off) – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Visual: Composite corked. Pours light golden yellow with an enormous lasting foamy head, tons and tons of activity, a bit of lacing.

Nose: big oak, sweet white tea, kombucha, pear, traces of funky bretts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: super crisp fizzy

Mid-palate: light sour, (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy-tingly, almost salty, (MAIN) grassy, grapefruit, bitter peel

Finish: bitter grapefruit hops, fruity sourness, hoppy exhale, oaked highly dry finish.

Summary: This one is immediately approachable and hit me with a very balanced complexity. It has sourness, fizzy texture, oak, bitter hops, sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol. Simply fabulous.

Wildflower Saison – Four Winds Brewing (Delta, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Wildflower Saison – Four Winds Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 30 IBUs – 750ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Our Saison has blossomed into something fresh. Reflecting the variety of wildflower, this specialty release infuses our Belgian farmhouse ale with chamomile and elderflower for a balanced bouquet of spice and bloom.”

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  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $11 (after 5% off) – 33cl., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, it’s not super special

Visual: A newish local brewery that I haven’t yet tried, should be good. Composite cork. Pours cloudy pale orange with a huge lasting bubbly foamy head, several slow streams.

Nose: faint citrus malts, chamomile, mild honey (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming honey malts

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) malts, honey, light elderflower

Finish: palate roughness, medium bitter hops, residual chamomile, soured funk finish.

Summary: There’s too much chamomile and not enough elderflower. Some noticeable roughness near the finish. A decent brew when chilled, but has non-agreeable sourness as it warms.

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Triple – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Revolution Triple – Brasserie de la Senne, 8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“Given as the most bitter tripel in Belgium, with 49 EBU. No Dutchmen were harmed in the making of this beer.”

  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Ultra cool label. Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a large long-lasting super foamy head, clustered sticky lacing, lots of activity, lots of sediment in the bottle.

Nose: sweet citrus/grainy barley malt, traces of puke (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra crisp, creamy/sharp fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) honeyed malts, lager-like barley, tangerine, bittersweet grapefruit

Finish: persistent hopped bitterness, alcohol bitterness, barley malt finish.

Summary: Very appealing visually and super smooth texturally, hiding the ABV very well. Quite a bitter triple, as advertised.

The Little Beaver 3-in-1 Icewine – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D

3-in-one (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) 2011 – The Little Beaver (Isabella Winery), 11% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This Ice wine is a blend of the noble grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It has aromas of raspberries, ripe strawberries, creme de cassis and red cherries. On the palate it is a decadent and focused, with flavours of strawberry jam, cherry tart, cassis grastrique [sic] and blueberries. The finish is ultra rich and long. Enjoy this Ice Wine with, Black Forrest Cake, chocolate or cherries Jubilee.”

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  • Style: (Blended) Icewine
  • Taste: Sugary cloying tingly cassis raspberry
  • Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $70 (WAY overpriced) – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: refund immediately

Visual: 3-in-1… seems like they weren’t good enough individually or they didn’t want to waste the leftovers. Pours light cola brown with a few tiny bubbles.

Nose: sweet cassis, blackberry, raspberry. Very fruity. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dense fruity sugars

Mid-palate: almost carbonated, tangy acidic, (lvl-10)-cloying sweetness, (MAIN) cassis, raspberry, strawberry, red grape

Finish: continued cloying, watery mouthfeel, berry fruity finish.

Summary: This one exhibits a total lack of balance and composure. Way too much sugar without any warmth, silky texture, or depth. Flavours are decent but the overall impression is a mess.

Oude Tart Oak-Aged Flemish Red Ale – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Oude Tart Flemish-style Red Ale aged in Oak Barrels, 2013 Edition – The Bruery, 7.5% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)

on the front label:

“Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels.”

on the back label:

“Oude Tart is suitable for aging up to five years when cellared properly. Best stored and cellared around 55°F (13°C). Ideal serving temperature is 50°F (10°C). Please pour carefully, leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. Best served in a tulip or wine glass.”

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  • Style: (Oak) Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Taste: Super sour & tart barnyard cherry pukey oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $20 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: at your own risk, especially this style

Visual: Pours dark cherry red with a smallish dissipating creamy head, thin ringed retention, micro bubbles, several steady streams.

Nose: sour cherry, barnyard, cinnamon, red wine. Complex. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: extremely tart, off-dry

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, high tart, highly sour, (MAIN) sour cherries, red wine, red vinegar

Finish: oak, puckery, pukey berry w/ mild oak exhale

Summary: The intense sour tartness is very taxing on the palate. The first glass is tough to sip, moreso as it warms up. The fruit flavour is okay, but I’m not too fond of the pukey flavour that creeps up near the finish. I prefer the Duchess de Bourgogne; it’s much more palatable. Not bad with a salad, but not great solo.

 

Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA – Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA – Howe Sound Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Squamish, BC, Canada)

on the front-side label:

“A refreshing, white unfiltered IPA with a bold, citrus aroma and crisp, light body. Brewed with a mix of white wheat and 2-row barley, this beer gains it’s aroma from the addition of lemongrass and Centennial and Amarillo hops. Names for Mt. Cloudburst (1871m), a prominent peak at the southern end of the Squamish Valley – Cheakamus divide.”

  • Style: (Lemongrass) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Extra bitter hopped with lemongrass
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $9 (after 5% off) –1L., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden yellow-orange with a dissipating bubbly head, a thin layer of retention, sticky lacing, a few steady streams.

Nose: faint grapefruit hops, lemongrass, some fishiness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming sharp bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) sweet malts, big bitter grapefruit peel hops, lemongrass overtones,

Finish: biting bitter hoppiness, lemongrass, (palate fatigue), lingering bitter hopped rough finish.

Summary: The lemongrass is definitely in there from mids to finish, but the hops are just way  too sharp and heavy for me. An okay brew but really heavy on the palate just 1/4 way through.

Banana Hammock Summer Hefeweizen – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Banana Hammock Summer Hefeweizen – Parallel 49 Brewery, 6.0% ABV – 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-side label:

“Why don’t bananas like getting sun burnt? Because they peel. Ok, the joke may be bad, but this unfiltered, German-style wheat beer with notes of cloves and banana-like esters is very good. We swear.”

  • Style: Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Wheat malt fizzy banana clove pineapple
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 –650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours hazy marmalade orange with a quickly dissipating small head, virtually no retention nor lacing, not that many streams either.

Nose: fruity banana, clove, pineapple, wheat malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming fruity, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: still fizzy, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana, wheat malts, cloves, airy, hints of pineapple

Finish: off-dry fruitiness, wheat malt banana-clove finish.

Summary: Decent flavour up front and in the mids, but falls flat in the finish. Nothing special, just another quick summer brew.