Pumpkin Head – Fernie Brewing (BC, Canada) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [C+, same as before],  I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Pumpkin Head (Pumpkin Brown Ale) – Fernie Brewing, 5% ABV, 650ml, (Fernie, BC, Canada)

-I found this one in the back of the cellar, been sitting in there for over 3 years. Pretty random re-tasting, just though I’d finish it.

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  • Style: (pumpkin) Spiced Brown Ale
  • Taste: Tingly cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spiced root beer cola malty sweet
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., October 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

 

(initially tasted October 2013):

Visual: Their label has undergone a transformation since the last time I had this, which made me wonder if they changed their recipe. Wth, label changing DOES work… Pours beer bottle brown without much head or retention, a few slow streams surfacing along the side of the glass.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts with hints of cinnamon. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: light fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: cola medium (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, brown sugar malts, (HINT) sarsaparilla,

Finish: coriander dryness, traces of (2)-clove, crisp sweet-toffee malt finish.

Summary: The spices are definitely there in this quite drinkable brew. It tastes mainly like a cola but with a creeper alcoholic kick and detectable pumpkin-seasonal spice notes. Overall decent but not addictive. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)


 

January 29, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: (old label). Pours cola brown without much of a head, thin ringed retention, lots and lots of steady streams.

Nose: Huge spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toasted caramel malty background. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, half fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: cola sticky, (lvl-6)-sweetness, more tingly, (MAIN) cinnamon, root beer, cola caramel malty, nutmeg

Finish: clove, mild palate roughness, thin body residual malty finish

Summary: Very engaging nose filled with a wholesome spiced aroma. Drinks like a spiced cola/root beer with a touch of hops and barley, finishing too thin bodied.

Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium)

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Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe, 8.5% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy sweet red apple roast barley malt dark fruity
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, more than the Tremens

Visual: Pours dirty mocha brown with a very large lasting ultra foamy head, 3mm layer of retention, half sticky lacing, lots of active streams.

Nose: unfiltered red apple juice, thick sweet barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming tangy-sour, fizzy-bubbly

Mid-palate: more fizzy-tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) woody red apple juice, soft tangy-barnyard sour, light cola/brown sugar roasted barley malt

Finish: burpy, stealth hops, dark fruit/plum tangy with alcohol zing.

Summary: Same fizzy-bubbly texture as the Noel and Tremens with the flavour being somewhere in between.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Summary

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The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Summary

-It’s a shame British Columbians were not able purchase the 2015 calendar anywhere in the province since the 2014 had a very nice range of international beers and styles. They will in all likelyhood get things sorted out this year though; It’s something I’m looking forward to as the Phillips and CC/P49 calendars tend to reuse about 50% of their brews from the previous year (I checked).

For the 2014 calendar, there was only 1 Notable, many good showings (B’s), and thankfully no stinkers.

[ 1 x A- ], [ 4 x B+], [ 4 x B], [ 2 x B-], [ 6 x C+], [ 7 x C]

  1. wpid-20141211_211734.jpg [C] Tindved – Nøgne Ø (Norway)
  2. wpid-img_20141223_190106.jpg [B] Hippaheikki Teerenpeli Extra Special Bitter – Teerenpeli Brewery (Finland)
  3. wpid-img_20150102_002804.jpg [B+] Chateau Civrac Old Ale – Penpont Brewery (UK)
  4. wpid-img_20150106_031139.jpg [A-] Hop Blanc White IPA – Peak Organic Brewing Co. (Portland, USA)
  5. wpid-img_20150130_004714.jpg [B+] Krampus Speciale – Birrificio del Ducato (Italy)
  6. wpid-img_20150205_015414.jpg [B] Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack (IPA) – Bridge Road Brewers (Australia)
  7. wpid-img_20150211_012129.jpg [C] Anzus IPA – Croucher Brewing Company (New Zealand)
  8. wpid-img_20150219_025043.jpg [C+] Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 (Amber Lager) – Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg (Germany)
  9. wpid-img_20150331_013953.jpg [C] Cucapá Honey – Cervecería Cucapá (Mexico)
  10. wpid-img_20150412_052704.jpg [B] Gæðingur Stout  – Gæðingur Brugghús (Iceland)
  11. wpid-img_20150416_012929.jpg [C+] Wäls Tropical Christmas Saison – Cervejaria Wäls (Brazil)
  12. wpid-img_20151117_223855.jpg [B] Biere de Noël – Big Sky Brewing (Montana, USA)
  13. wpid-img_20151124_025023.jpg [C+] Blackfriar Scotch Ale – Invernalmond Brewery (Scotland)
  14. img_20151130_020721.jpg [B-] Imperial Schwarze Gams – Privatbrauerei Loncium (Austria)
  15. img_20160115_010558.jpg [C] Karoo Red – Porcupine Quill Brewing Co. (South Africa)
  16. img_20160123_022631.jpg [C+] Oud Beersel Bersalis Kadet – Oud Beersel Brouwerij (Belgium)
  17. img_20160123_043518.jpg [B-] Marmalade Porter – Wold Top Brewery (England)
  18. img_20160124_220841.jpg [C+] Jeune Gueule Weïti – Brasserie Guyanaise (French Guiana)
  19. img_20160125_013807.jpg [C] Winterporter – Browerij de Molen (Netherlands)
  20. img_20160126_025027.jpg [C+] Colorado Vixnu Imperial IPA – Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil)
  21. img_20160127_002259.jpg [C] Fürst Wallerstein Winter-Böckle – Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus (Germany)
  22. img_20160128_011930.jpg [B+] Rooie Dop Final Countdown Winter Saison – Brewed at Brouwerij de Molen (Netherlands)
  23. img_20160128_021358.jpg [B+] God Advent – Nøgne Ø (Netherlands)
  24. img_20160128_060507.jpg [C] Entendez Noel Belgian Style Pale Quadrupel – Sound Brewery (Washington, USA)

Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [B-, again],  I gave it a (3.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe, 8.7% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Fizzy-bubbly sweet alcoholic red apple chamomile Belgian candi barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, better tripels out there

(initially tasted June 2012): Tasting notes: pours pale golden yellow with a  decent foamy head, microish CO2. Bright chamomile on the nose. Drinks creamy-fizzy, alcohol mixed with chamomile, honey, lemon, heaviness in the form of alcohol and sweetness(8/10), finishes alcoholic and mildly hoppy bitter (4/10). Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Too aggressive alcohol and sweetness make it hard for me to love.

January 29, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a huge creamy head, 3mm layer of fine retention, half sticky lacing, suspended large bits of sediment, steady singular streams.

Nose: Belgian candi barley malt, alcohol detection. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, honey barley malt, alcohol zing

Finish: yeasty, tongue numbness, sweet candi malt, light burpy, chamomile malt exhale.

Summary: Solid, but definitely inferior to the Delirium Noël I just had; this has less body in the mids and less carry in the finish.

Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: [B, downgraded from A],  I gave it a (3.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël – Brouwerij Huyghe, 10% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Start-to-finish clean toffee barley malt grape/berry subtle hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours opaque brownish red with a massive lasting ultra creamy head, 2mm retention, a bit of lacing, fast singular streams.

Nose: yeasty honey, apple, banana wheaty candi barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro tingly-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, micro-fizzy, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, caramel, grape/berry

Finish: alcohol zingy, soft bitter hops, alcohol detection, malty residual bubbly clean finish.

Summary: Supremely drinkable with expertly hidden 10% ABV; it’s incredible how smooth they made it. Great beer from start to finish.


(12/26/2016 re-tasting): Not as smooth as I remember; Quite alcohol forward and slightly too sour aggressive. Smoothness is noteworthy but the flavour isn’t particularly memorable. Score downgraded from [A to B]

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #24 – Entendez Noel Belgian Quad (USA)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #24 – Last day

Entendez Noel Belgian Style Pale Quadrupel – Sound Brewery, 11.5% ABV – 355ml., (Poulsbo, Washington, USA)

description at Ratebeer.com:

“Like most big Belgian holiday beers, Noel is bursting with subtly complex flavors and fits no particular beer style. Its explosion of sensations comes from just Belgian Pilsner malt, cane sugar, Motueka hops, Trappist yeast, water, and fermentation. Drink warm or cold in various glassware shapes and sizes to discover all its nuances. Entendez should age extremely well for years to come”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale / Quadrupel
  • Taste: Excessively alcoholic unbalanced sweet candi barley malt roughness
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours copper orange-brown with no head, thin ringed retention, small clusters of slow streams.

Nose: candi toffee barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thick viscosity, immediate (lvl-9)-sweetness w/ alcohol

Mid-palate: zingy alcohol, tangy gag-reflex inducing, (MAIN) apple, plum, Belgian candi barley malt, mild honey, ethanol

Finish: alcohol hit, lingering sweet malt, rough finish.

Summary: This one did not go down well at all, it was one of the rare beers that actually caused a gag reflex. The balance of alcohol, flavour and texture is not there. La Trappe is a quad I had recently that is certainly better than this.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #23 – God Advent (Norway)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #23

God Advent – Nøgne Ø, 10% ABV – 250ml., (Netherlands)

on the front label:

“Advent is a season with mixed feelings for Norwegians. For starters is is all about getting prepared for Christmas. Gorgeous! But it is also a season where it gets darker day by day. Which indeed is a challenge for every individual. This beer is supposed to balance both these emotions. Let’s call it bitter sweet.”

  • Style: American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Big brown sugar barley malt bomb
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours murky root beer brown with minimal dissipating head, thin ringed retention, steady scattered streams.

Nose: wet/dank barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, slick-thick, incoming malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel, thick barley malt, tangy-soft sour, brown sugar, fig

Finish: residual malty sweet, alcohol heaviness.

Summary: Big brown sugar barley malt bomb – heavy flavour yet still very drinkable.