Saison Rustique – Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC, Canada)

Saison Rustique – Brasserie Dunham, 6% ABV – 38 IBU – 750 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Floral peachy prickly wheat malt stealth bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $12.80 CAD (after 5% off) – 750 ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good quality beer

Visual: Pours cloudy light orange with a large lasting fine foamy head with sticky lacing, fantastic layer of retention, suspended sediment.

Nose: banana wheat malt, peach, light chamomile,  (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background acidity

Mid-palate: background sour, subtle funk, (lvl-3-sweetness), prickly spices, tangy peachy-banana wheat malt,

Finish: stealth bitter hops

Summary: Supremely drinkable and goes very nice with a meal. Good complexity with the fruity peach flavour being the standout.

Lux German-Style Helles Lager – Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR, USA)

Lux German-Style Helles Lager – Ninkasi Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Eugene, Oregon, USA)


on the back label:

Illuminate your palate with this traditional German-style lager. Brewed with premium Pilsner malt and bittered with Hallertau hops, this Helles lager pours champagne in color. Bright, crisp and satisfying, enliven any occasion with Lux.”


  • Style: Helles Lager
  • Taste: Clean crisp sweet lager malt light tangy honey soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $2.75 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I’ve had 2 and that’s enough

Visual: Pours light straw yellow, minimal head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, tight clusters of micro streams.

Nose: clean sweet lager malt, mild fart (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: sharp crispy clean bite

Mid-palate: tingly CO2 mouthfeel, (lvl-3-sweetness), light density grainy pils malt, subtle honey tangy,

Finish: soft gentle bitter hops, lingering sweet barley malt finish.

Summary: Clean and crisp, a very drinkable lager with more depth than and body than the big brews. Not my favourite style but this one is nice and rounded.

Smoked Porter – Stone Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Smoked Porter – Stone Brewing Company, 5.9% ABV, 750 ml., (San Diego, California, USA)



  • Style: (smoked) Porter
  • Taste: Deep roasted subtle smoky dark chocolate barley malt coffee bittersweet hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $9.30 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: ’tis good

Visual: Pours dark walnut brown with a smallish dissipating head, thin ringed microfine retention, micro streams all around.

Nose: brown sugar barley malts, caramel. (lvl-6)-intensity

Attack: smooth-crisp

Mid-palate: roasted barley malt with underlying coffee sourness, dark chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness),

Finish: bitter roast, bitter hops,

Summary: The complexity is certainly there and the flavour transitions are seamlessly smooth. Some smoke, but rather reserved and refined – Great balance and finesse.

Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter – Redhook Brewery (Woodinville, WA, USA)

Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter (, 9.3% ABV, 22 oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


on the front label:

“A dark ale brewed with pumpkin, spices and maple syrup


  • Style: (flavoured – pumpkin, spices, maple syrup) Porter
  • Taste: Sweet cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spiced maple syrup roasted barley malt
  • Where I got it : Trader Joe’s / Seattle
  • How much: $1.47 USD / $1.90 CAD – 12 oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: quite good

Visual: Pours jet black with minimal head, dissipating ringed retention, singular stream surfacing.

Nose: caramelized roasted barley, cinnamon (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming sweetness

Mid-palate: light tingly, brown sugar roasted barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), prominent cinnamon/nutmeg

Finish: maple syrup, roasted malt exhale, very subtle ginger

Summary: Good body with plenty of roast and well-displayed spices, including the nice addition of maple syrup. It’s just a tad thin from the mids onward, but otherwise solid and enjoyable.

Mala-Hop – Todd Creek Craft Cider (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Mala-Hop (Cider w/ triple-hop flavour) – Todd Creek Craft Cider Inc., 6% ABV, 500ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


on the front-left label:

“This hard apple cider is perfect for beer-lovers and cider enthusiasts, feature a touch of tartness from Granny Smiths and three different hops delivering that distinct flavour and aroma loved by true hop-heads.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – maple syrup, hops) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Flat entry prickly apple juice hints of grassy guava woody exhale
  • Where I got it : Libations / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.05 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours pale straw light apple juice yellow with a slight shade of brown, no head, virtually no activity.

Nose: sweet sugary juicy apple cider with some woodiness. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: flat-dull entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), prickly apple juice, perfumey, hints of guava, a touch of grassiness (hops?)

Finish: woody exhale, mild tartness

Summary: Hops? I thought someone said hops. If they were added I certainly can’t taste them. Mostly apple juice and some woodiness, not particularly exciting. The lack of CO2 mouthfeel was a downer. Can’t say I liked this one.

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 – Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 – Widmer Brothers Brewing, 9.3% ABV, 22 oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


on the front label:

“An extremely rich and complex beer. The addition of raspberries during the fermentation process results in an almost purplish opaque color with a beautiful brown head. Warm chocolate and roasty notes complement the hop bitterness.”


  • Style: (flavoured – raspberries) Russian Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Deep roasted barley molasses jammy raspberry fruity sharp burnt woody bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $13.80 CAD (10% off) – 22 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a delicious experience

Visual: Pours very dark brown with just a hint of purple, barely any head, micro-fine half layer of retention with minor lacing, surfacing bubbles at the center along with super tight clustered streams along the side of the glass.

Nose: jammy raspberry syrup mixed with brown sugar barley malt (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-thicker, tingly bite

Mid-palate: background raspberry jam, (lvl-7-sweetness), roasted barley, molasses, dark chocolate

Finish: alcohol tangy-zingy mixed with SHARP burnt wood bittersweet roast

Summary: Big thick roasted barley malts as you would expect from Imp stouts but the added raspberry twist adds a pleasant brightness that counterbalances well. The sharp burnt bitterness at the finish is a tad harsh and prevents this from being truly epic. Still, this is a delightful beer.

Hors Série Berliner Weisse – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Broussard, QC, Canada)

Hors Série Berliner Weisse – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 3% ABV, 650ml, (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“This very sour german-inspired wheat ale can be served straight or with a dash of fruit syrup in the glass.”

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  • Style: Berliner Weisse
  • Taste: Medium sour puckery tart light lemon curd coriander dry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $4.50 CAD (7.5% off) – 375ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: too weaksauce

Visual: Pours clear light apple juice yellow (SRM=3), not much of a head, ringed retention with a medium island, several scattered singular streams.

Nose: sour pukey pineapple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate big puckery sour

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), manageable pukey funk, acidic lemon juice

Finish: light-bodied/no carry, dry grainy wheat, pineapple exhale

Summary: Very sour half grainy-half lemon taste, the body fizzles out after the sourness dissipates. The taste is too thin for my liking, but I guess they did a decent job for a 3%’er. The taste buds barely broke a sweat, next please.