Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery, 11% ABV – 750 ml.(Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

description from the Rossignol website:

“Warm island summers provide bountiful crops from which we produce this fresh-flavoured strawberry wine. A trio of juicy sweet varieties create a perfect aperitif to serve with aged cheese.”

  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy-zingy juicy fleshy bright strawberry alcoholic slight cloying
  • Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
  • How much: $19 CAD (after S&H) – 750 ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 4 years. Pours light cherry red, clear as water, micro bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: clean strawberry juicy syrup with a bit of tang. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: big red fruity impression

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, juicy fleshy strawberry, slight candied (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: slight cloying, strawberry syrup exhale

Summary: Plenty of authentic strawberry body, good depth and body, very enjoyable except for a mild alcoholic intrusion creeping the mids until the finish. One of the more authentic flavoured fruit wines I’ve had to date.

Rieser Hefe-Weisen – Ankerbräu Nördlingen (Germany)

Rieser Hefe-Weisen – Ankerbräu Nördlingen, 5.2% ABV, 500 ml., (Nördlingen, USA)


“Rieser Hefe-Weizen is a topfermented, unfiltered, bottle conditioned specialty. Mild, fruity and yeast in the flavor. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. Ingredients are locally grown and premium quality. Ingredients: water, wheatmalts, barleymalts and yeast.”

  • Style: German Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Off-dry apple grainy wheat barley malt
  • Where I got it : Taphouse / W.Van
  • How much: $3 CAD – 500 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours cloudy orange with a small 2mm head, scattered steady loose streams.

Nose: apple malt, slightly musky. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: off-dry grainy malt impression

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-3-sweetness), sweet barley malt, apple background

Finish: mildly palate rough, slight woody-apple exhale, residual grain

Summary: Crisp and clean, pretty average body and taste. Apple wheat-barley grainy, not too special. Meal beer.

India Golden Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

India Golden Ale (Double India Pale Ale) – Breakside Brewery, 8.1% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


“Formerly a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing. IGA highlights the route that lots of new hop bombs are headed: light in body, lighter in color, and HUGE in citrus flavor and aroma. India Golden Ale or “I.G.A.” is a showcase for two relatively new hops, Mosaic and Eldorado. Mosaic gives the beer a bright mix of stonefruit and tropical flavors along with a big piney backbone. Eldorados are fruity and soften the finish. Breakside keeps the malt bill incredibly simple to allow the hops to take center stage in this elegant and beguiling beer. 8.1% ABV 60 IBU malts: 2 Row, British Munich hops: Mosaic, Eldorado, Chinook”

  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Tropical fruity to grainy barley malt stealth alcohol subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a small 1mm head, half lacing, loose clusters of active streams.

Nose: passionfruit-tangerine brightness with a touch of grassy hop, very clean and inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp, slightly creamy, citrus malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), alcohol hit-low detection, passionfruit, mild pineapple, big tangerine citrusy, fruity-toffee barley malt

Finish: mild grapefruit bitter, tangerine exhale, off-dry bready grain, subtle bitter

Summary: Super stealth 8.1% ABV happening here, meaning that the complexity and balance matches its moderately high alcohol content. I wished for the tropical fruitness in the mids to last longer but instead the sweet barley kicks in a bit early.

Timbertrain Coffee Stout – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Timbertrain Coffee Stout – Russell Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 50 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

on the front-left label:

“Rusell presents our newest seasonal release; Timbertrain Coffee Stout. With a beautifully rich malt base and a healthy does of cold pressed espresso our brewers have created a beer that is so much more than a breakfast drink.”


  • Style: (flavoured – coffee) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Woody nutty bitter roast dry coffee roast barley mild vanilla
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, not great

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours deep coffee brown with a massive long lasting ultra foamy head, thick sticky lacing, a few visible micro bubbles surfacing.

Nose: sweet nutty woody roasted coffee, caramelized barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, bright coffee malt impression

Mid-palate: tingly-bubbly, (lvl-1-sweetness), mildy burnt, deep roast coffee, vanilla, slight sour acidic brightness, roasted barley malt

Finish: residual woody roast, subtle bitter hops, lingering roast malt

Summary: Plenty of coffee influence in here, a robust balanced dry body. I prefer a sweeter stout, but this is pleasantly solid nonetheless. Better at 20°C.

Adam’s Apple 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Adam’s Apple Dry Apple Table Wine 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

on the back label:

“Our Adam’s Apple white table wine is lovingly crafted from the perfect blend of 6 different apple varieties all grown in the pristine Similkameen Valley.

With thousands of apple varieties believed to have grown in the original ‘Garden of Eden,’ the varietal blend in Adam’s Apple casts pure summer apple aromas with citrus and apple butter undertones. This crystal clear wine offers a palate of crisp clean citrus, a long finish of tangerine and pineapple, and will be enjoyed with veggie dishes, salads, salmon and shellfish and exotic cheeses.”


  • Style: (dry table wine – Apple) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Gentle clean bright tangy red apple subdued acidic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $17.90 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: almost, but too gentle

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 8.5 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours crystal clear light yellow.

Nose: fruity apple juice with some extra minerality (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bright fruity apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy bright red apple juice, light apple wine alcoholic, firm acidity

Finish: residual tanginess, apple exhale

Summary: Super clean apple flavour up front with a lightly sweet and bright body. Not quite as sour or acidic as you might expect from an apple wine, this one is easy going and very sippable. Slightly thin at the finish.

Mammut Pale Ale – Nanoq Beer Co. (Quqortoq, Greenland)

Mammut Pale Ale – Nanoq Beer Company (dead homepage), 7.6% ABV, 50 cl., (Quqortoq, Greenland)

on the back label in Danish:

Denne Pale Ale fra Grønland er omhyggeligt håndbrygget med det reneste grønlandske vand – og tilsat smeltet indlandsvis, samt markedets bedste kvalitetsmalt, humle og gær. Som vides er en Mammut større og stærkere end enhver anden elefant. Denne Mammut er tårnhøj og skulderbred i kvalitet, brygget med respekt for den klassiske Pale Ale tradition.

(google translation):

“This Pale Ale from Greenland is carefully hand-brewed with the cleanest Greenlandic water – and added melted inland, as well as the market’s best quality malt, hops and yeast. As is known, a mammoth is bigger and stronger than any other elephant. This Mammoth is towering and shoulder-bred in quality, brewed with respect for the classic Pale Ale tradition.

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  • Style: English Pale Ale
  • Taste: honey barley malt tangy
  • Where I got it : 16th St Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 50 cl., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for 4.5 years). Pours opaque orange brown, a quick dissipating head, thin ringed retention.

Nose: musky-fruity, wet barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: honey, caramel malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), background subdued alcohol

Finish: residual malty sweetness

Summary: Easy drinking and balanced. It has a good crisp bite and the alcohol is well hidden. Solid.

Raspberry Provincial – Funkwerks Inc (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Raspberry Provincial Belgian-style Sour Ale – Funkwerks, Inc., 4.2% ABV, 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

-2014 Gold Winner Belgian-style fruit beer category @ Great American Beer Festival

on the front-right label:

“This delicious creation was truly a product of creativity, ingenuity and luck. In the summer of 2013 we took a test batch of our Belgian-style sour summer ale, Provincial, that didn’t quite hit gravity, and decided to have some fun with it! We added a heavy dose of raspberries to this sessionable, refreshingly tart beer. The end result was so delicious, we decided to recreate it! This delightfully tart fruit beer is stimulating and refreshing, with a citrusy raspberry aroma which transitions to a subtlety sweet and tart finish.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Puckery sour tart subtle raspberry malt pukey light body
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Hefty bottle, bottled on 2016.01.20. Pours blush pink with a massive foamy head, super clustered hyper active champagne streams. Visually stunning.

Nose: funky sour acidity, pukey red wine fruity. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy, immediate sour-big tartness crisp

Mid-palate: puckery hit, tart gums, raspberry malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), pukey overtone acidity

Finish: residual tanginess, slight lemony exhale

Summary: Its extremely appetite inducing sour-tartness means that a sip this begs to be paired with some food. Full textured, light medium-bodied, decent flavour but not terribly aromatic in the raspberry department. Huge puckery pukey sourness if you’re into it, one try is good enough for me.