Burnabarian (Tafelbier) – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Burnabarian – Dageraad Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

What is a tafelbier? (wiki)

  • low-alcohol, usually not over 1.5% ABV (but this one is 4.5%)
  • draft lager with a tafelbier added is called “half om”, to act as a sweetener and reduce fizziness

My Notes:

  • Style: Tafelbier (Table Beer)
  • Taste: banana wheat sour dry coriander soft hopped bitter
  • How much: $7 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (growler fill). Pours clear pale amber with barely any head, barely any retention, lots of scatter micro bubble loose streams.

Nose: clean sweet banana wheat malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming banana

Mid-palate: light fizzy, medium sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) yeasty, wheat malts, banana, light clove

Finish: dry, coriander, subtle bitter hoppiness, almost salty hopped finish.

Summary: Not bad flavour and body-wise for an only 4.5% ABV beer. Not something I’d have again though.

Dageraad Amber – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Dageraad Amber (Belgian Pale Ale) – Dageraad Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • Taste: Banana clove caramel fruity wheat malt “salty” bitter hopped
  • How much: $7 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: mmm, nah.

Visual: (growler fill). Pours cloudy pale brown with a quickly diminishing very small head, a thin layer of retention, light lacing, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sweet fruity malts, wheat malts, hints of apple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: half-slick, thickish mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, banana wheat malts, light clove,

Finish: mild alcohol detection mixed with soft-to-long duration bitter hops, almost salty bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Flavour and mouthfeel are nice, and a nice unique Belgian-style change-up from all the other offerings of the local Vancouver brews. The wheat shines through well but I’m not so keen on the “salty” hopped finish.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #3 – Filthy Dirty IPA

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #3

Filthy Dirty India Pale Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing, 7.2% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

I’ve already had this one before as a growler fill from the brewery. You can check out the review here.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #3 – Octofox India Pale Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #3

Octofox India Pale Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Straight from our hoptomology lab, hybrid hop combinations alter IPA structures to yield unique flavour sequences. With soft citrus and fresh pine balanced against a full-bodied malt backbone, Octofox is selectively crafted to be broadly enjoyed.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Citrusy grapefruit caramel malt bitter hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Pours translucent golden brown with a smallish dissipating head, a fine micro-layer of retention, light fine-sticky lacing, several slow-spread out streams.

Nose: orange-citrus hops, hoppy malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly

Mid-palate: incoming hoppy bitterness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) medium caramel malts, grapefruit hops, metallic, pine

Finish: citrusy bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Very citrusy, moreso than usual bitter hopped IPAs. Malts carries through to the finish. Not particularly fascinating but quite drinkable.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #2 – Hippaheikki Teerenpeli Extra Special Bitter

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #2

Hippaheikki Teerenpeli Extra Special Bitter (t.e.s.b.) – Teerenpeli Brewery, 4.7% ABV – 330ml., (Lahti, Finland)

  • Style: Extra Special Bitter
  • Taste: Clean malty fruity barley malt super non-hoppy bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: (Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival 2010 Winner) Pours clear golden amber with almost no head, ultra-thin ringed micro bubble retention, ZERO CO2 activity.

Nose: barley malts, hay/grain, malt liquor. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingy, incoming orchard fruitiness + bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malts, non-distinct apple/lemon fruitiness, grain/grass

Finish: dry-hopped BIG bitterness, long bitter light malty sweet finish.

Summary: Overall I quite enjoyed the fruity yet bitter nature of this one. There’s not much hop aroma to the bitterness, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The bitterness is more like the bitterness you get from eating bitter melon.

Granny Smith Apple Pie Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Granny Smith Apple Pie Ale – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

My second visit, one week later and this is one of their new beers that they didn’t have last week. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of their beer offerings.

  • Style: (apple, cinnamon) Spiced Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Malty pressed apple soft hopped cinnamon
  • How much: $11 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December 20, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s pretty cool

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange-brown without much head (growler fill), thin ringed retention, barely any activity.

Nose: very faint pressed apple juice. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: pressed apple juice viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, restrained sour-tanginess, (MAIN): pressed apple juice, cinnamon, malts

Finish: very subtle bitter hops, tangy fruity apple sweet malt finish.

Summary: Very easy to drink, good sweet-crisp-cinnamon-malt balanced flavour. Not too gimmicky in that it still has beer characteristics.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2 – Red Racer Pilsner

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2

Red Racer Pilsner – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Red Racer Pilsner is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.”

  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Very crisp light barley malt bready grassy ninja hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no WOW factor

Visual: Pours frosty golden yellow-amber with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, many slowish steady streams.

Nose: straw, grassy, yeast, very light malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, incoming subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness mixed with medium bitter hops, (MAIN) light barley malts, grainy bread, grassy-hay, yeast

Finish: ninja (under-the-radar) lingering soft hopped liquid malt finish.

Summary: Good, clean, simple flavours. I would enjoy this for its texture and simplicity, not for intense depth nor aroma.