Melville’s Strawberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Strawberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of Scottish Jubilee Strawberries by blending real fruit juice with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is full flavoured and deliciously refreshing. Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”


  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Strawberry puree mixed with a simple lager
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 3.5 years). Pours reddish-brown with a micro bits of suspended strawberry sediment, no head, a half ring retention, scattered mix of spread out slow and steady loose streams.

Nose: strawberry puree, jam-like (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tingly-soft crisp bite, strawberry fruity sweet impression

Mid-palate: bright (lvl-5-sweetness), slightly jammy-mostly authentic strawberry, conflicting subtle hop bitterness, barley malt background

Finish: artificial sweetener-like palate roughness

Summary: Decent bright fruity flavour but its severely lacking in any strawberry tanginess. It’s okay as a casual sipper to go along with a meal or a chill beer at the beach, but it lacks any real depth beyond mixing strawberry puree into a glass of lager.

Organic Apricot Ale – Samuel Smith’s (Tadcaster, England)

Organic Apricot Fruit Ale – Samuel Smith, 5.1% ABV, 550 ml., (Tadcaster, England)


on the back label:

“Handcrafted at Melbourn Bros’ tiny brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smith’s small, independent British brewery at Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic apricot fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew – creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.”

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  • Style: (Apricot) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Super apricot fruit forward wheat malt tangy slight sour
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 550 ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours cloudy pale apricot orange with a smallish dissipating head, thick ringed retention, half lacing, clusters and of very active streams.

Nose: fragrant unfiltered tangy apricot puree, slight alcoholic edge. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker, mild fizzy-tingly, bright-fruity tangy

Mid-palate: background subdued barley malt, sweet wheat malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), soft unintrusive sour, very fruity apricot puree

Finish: subtle bitterness, a bit of wheat malt palate dry

Summary: Super fruity and a whole lot of authentic apricot flavour with enough grain malts to balance it out. Very easy drinking, but I find the finish somewhat short.

Mon Cheri – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Mon Cheri (Strong Belgian Style Ale with Cherries) – Spinnakers Brewpub, 8.2% ABV, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Brewed with the finest malted barley, imported hops, a traditional Belgian yeast, fresh Saanich Peninsula cherries, and our own deep well pure mineral water.”

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  • Style: Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Barely tingly dull cherry fruity short barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours opaque cloudy red currant colour with barely any head, very thin ringed retention, suspended micro sediment, just a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: light red fruity sour barley malt, pie crust. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slightly thicker viscosity, barely tingly

Mid-palate: soft tart, mellow dull cherry flavour, (lvl-4-sweetness), soft short sour, sustained tangy, brown sugar barley malt, controlled acidity, thinnish body

Finish: almost salty, residual red fruity barley malt

Summary: The cherry fruit flavour is underwhelming and the Belgian ale profile is short and unremarkable – put them together? No surprise, nothing special. It’s drinkable at least for 8.2%.

Strawberry Lambicus – Timmermans (Belgium)

Strawberry Lambicus – Brouwerij Timmermans, 4% ABV, 33 cl., (Itterbeek, Belgium)


“The World’s Oldest Lambic Brewery” (founded in 1781)

Ingredients: water, fruit juice (strawberries 11.5%), barley malt, sugar wheat, flavourings hops, antioxidant: E300.


  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit – Lambic
  • Taste: Aromatic authentic tangy-sweet strawberry light sour background barley rough wheat malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.90 CAD (after 10% off) – 33cl., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: taste not worth my $

Visual: Aluminum foil covered. Pours opaque cloudy scarlet red with a nice 2cmm frothy head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active micro streams.

Nose: huge authentic fruity sweet strawberry puree, magnificent. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tangy-tart, subdued sour, fruity sweet

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), real strawberry-tangy puree, background barley malt

Finish: wheat malt rough palate dry, strawberry exhale

Summary: The barley tastes very generic and is mainly covered up by the strong fruity strawberry presence. Decent strawberry flavour, but it comes across as very candy-esque, straightforward, and uninteresting after a few sips. Wicked aroma though.

Blanche de Namur Rosée (Belgium)

3.5%ABV, 330ml

Rating: C (2.7)

Where: Kinokuniya Shinagawa , ¥648

Visual: Pours pale Rosée pink with a decently large dissipating head, 1cm retention, spread out active streams. (4/5)

Nose: watery raspberry aroma, fruity berry wheat malt. Slightly candied. (7/10), 7-pungency 

Attack : crisp bite, watery juicy 

Mid: raspberry-watermelon, fizzy, subtle wheat malt

Finish: palate rough tartness, berry exhale.

Summary: the fruity raspberry flavour is decent but I’m not liking the finish or diluted depth. It tastes like a cocktail that has been sitting on ice for way too long. 

Cascade Kriek Ale 2014 – Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Kriek Ale 2014 Project – “Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Cherries” – Cascade Brewing, 8.5% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This NW style sour ale is a blend of Red ales that were aged in oak barrels with cherries for up to 14 months.”

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  • Style: (cherry, oak barrel aged) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: HUGE puckery sour wet oak pukey-woody tart cherry-apple cider vinegar jammy barley malt cherry juice raspberry-pomegranate exhale
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $43.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: price:enjoyment ratio, no

Visual: 2014 Vintage, Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork with their name stamp. Bottle-conditioned. Pours clear cherry wood reddish brown without much of head, thin ring with a couple of islands, clusters of micro active streams.

Nose: pukey caramelized brown sugar, tangy red wine vinegar, sour cherry-apple (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-big SOUR and big TARTNESS

Mid-palate: background pervasive wet woodiness, cherry & apple cider vinegar, ACIDIC-tangy, jammy (lvl-5-sweetness), puckery sour red cherry juice, caramelized barley malt

Finish: unsettling in the stomach, sour raspberry-pomegranate juice fruity exhale

Summary: The 2nd Cascade offering I’ve had the pleasure to try, the 1st being their Apricot [C+]. Yes, complex but again, so puckery sour this has to be minutely sipped. I’m liking the wet oaked woodiness and the dark fruity notes are nice, but I can’t fully endorse it as it just doesn’t hit the proper notes for me. Too vinegary acidic sour, not bright nor refreshing enough.

Bon Secours Myrtille Dry Hopping – Brasserie Caulier (Peruwelz, Belgium)

Bon Secours Myrtille Dry Hopping – Brasserie Caulier, 6.4% ABV, 330ml, (Péruwelz, Belgium)


Ingredients: water, malt, blueberry juice, sugar, yeast, 3 hop varieties


  • Style: (flavoured – Blueberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Tangy chocolate dark malt alcoholic tangy sour subtle blueberry exhale
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.25 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unremarkable

Visual: 2015 Vintage. Pours opaque purple-brown with a smallish 0.5cm micro lasting head, lots of bubbles here and there.

Nose: very fruity tangy-sweet blueberry puree, jam-like. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-light fizzy

Mid-palate: chocolately barley malt, background alcholic tangy-sour, (lvl-3-sweetness), thinnish body

Finish: blueberry exhale, subtle bitter hops, lingering bittersweet chocolate malt.

Summary: A surprising note of chocolate in there but it drinks rather dull and uninspiring. The flavour doesnt exactly scream blueberry nor dry hops. Slightly above average.