The Other Red Raspberry Wine – Barr Estate Winery (Sherwood Park, AB, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “dull raspberry flavour but has composed tangy-sour-acidic qualities. I’ve had better”


The Other Red Raspberry Wine 201012% ABV – 750 ml., (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada)


printed on the back:

“Tasting notes: Immerse yourself in the complex aromas and full-bodied flavours of ripe summer fruits and berries. Enjoy The Other Red by itself, with duck breast, or roast pork. Serve cool. Made with loving care from 100% Strathcona County raspberries


  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Dull raspberry soft tangy soft sour firm acidic
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?) / Edmonton
  • How much: ~$30 CAD (?) – 750 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not fully
  • What made an impression: decent body, sippable

Visual: (cellared for 8 years). Pours clear dark maroon with a few tiny bubbles along the perimeter. Low legs.

Nose: juicy pressed raspberries with tang and fruity acidity. Smells great. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: controlled tart, tangy bite, mild prickly 

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity but tangy dry acidity, medium-body dull raspberry, soft sour

Finish: cuts off-dry, hint blackberry woody

Summary: A decent tangy light-medium bodied fruit wine, goes well with a meal. Don’t expect robust or dazzling raspberry flavours in this one, it’s 2-note at with good composure. I’ve definitely had better raspberry wine, check the raspberry wine tag.

Cherry Bomber Hefeweizen Ale – Big Rock Brewing (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [D],  I gave it a (2.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Cherry Bomber Hefeweizen Ale – Big Rock Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 650ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

on the back label:

“There’s only one way to adequately describe what you get when you combine the most malted prairie barley, golden wheat and Cascade hops. The Bomb. When you add cherries into the mix, well, it becomes the Cherry Bomb. And when you put it into this big of a bottle, you get the Cherry Bomber. 22 deliberately different ounces of full-bodied Hefeweizen ale, with complex aromas and flavors including wheat and vanilla, plus, of course, cherry overtones. And, being a craft brew, you know its beguiling reddish hue and pinkish head are as natural as the slight carbonation you’ll feel tickling your tastebuds. ”

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  • Style: (Cherry) Flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Watery-thin yeast wheat light ‘cherry-like’ pukey fizzy ale
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: Steer CLEAR

Visual: Why do I keep buying Big Rock brews? Well I guess just because they so accessible and they do often create unique beers. Anyways, this pours clear copper orange-red with a large partially lasting bubbly head, a decent layer of retention, tons of lively activity, not much lacing.

Nose: thin-pukey fruit, not that offensive, acidic & yeasty, wet cardboard. Not particularly inviting. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: watery-thin mouthfeel, tingly-bubbly

Mid-palate: light sour, fizzy, (MAIN) yeasty, thin wheat malts, light cherry syrup, plastic,

Finish: numb tongue, burpy, thin-bodied, dissipating pukey, fizzy wheat malt finish.

Summary: The cherry flavour wants to come out but it just doesn’t have the fortitude to so do. Overall everything is weak and watery – just a crisp, chuggable brew that leaves no impact to the tastebuds nor imagination. Skip it, it’s just a pukey-hopeless cherry version of their Grasshopper wheat ale.

Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager – Big Rock Brewery (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C-],  I gave it a (2.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager – Big Rock Brewing, 5% ABV – 355ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

printed on the front right-side of the can:

“Juniper berries are what give gin its distinctive delicious flavour. And, in our experience, citrusy pine and cascade hops combined with pale, vienna and caramel malts make for a crisp, refreshing, easy-drinking lager. So with a mad-scientist glint in our eye, we crushed juniper berries right into the wort at the boil stage of this brew. This sublime fusion results in a summer thirstbuster you’ll want in the fridge this year.”

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  • Style: (Juniper Berry) Flavoured Pale Lager
  • Taste: Biting pine-grapefruit hoppy malt with mild juniper background
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12-pack – 12x355ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Part of a variety 12-pack, aluminum cans. Pours clear bright golden orange with a massive semi-lasting bubbly head, barely any lacing, several steady micro streams.

Nose: mild honeyed malts, hints of muskiness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: biting crispness, incoming hops

Mid-palate: medium bodied, (lvl-4)-semi-dry sweetness, (MAIN) sharp bitter pine hops, bitter grapefruit, light toffee malts

Finish: underlying juniper berry, continued bitter hoppy malty finish.

Summary: Mild juniper, hardly has any impact; The hops make the most impression. All four flavours in this 12-pack were mediocre. Try another brewery if you want something special.

Saaz Republic Pilz – Big Rock Brewing (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [D-],  I gave it a (1.6 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Saaz Republic Pilz – Big Rock Brewing, 4.9% ABV – 355ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

printed on the front right-side of the can:

“Tiny motorcycles shoot by as you sit under an umbrella on a quaint cobbled street in the midday sun. This is the beer you quaff as you struggle with how you got to Europe and how any drink can be quite this refreshing, with its mild bitterness, slight hop middle and clean finish. The answer lies in genuine Czech hops combined with Alberta malts, dedication and pride. Like any fine European-style Pilsner, its golden yellow body sports a dense white head.”

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  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Plain barley malt numbness soft hopped bitterness
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12-pack – 12x355ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: why bother?

Visual: Part of a variety 12-pack, aluminum cans. Pours clear golden apple juice yellow, smallish bubbly quickly dissipating head, a super thin layer of retention, lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: musky barley malt, hints of shellfish. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: palate numbness, crisp-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) malt liquor, barley malt, yeasty, hints of red apple,

Finish: clean soft bitter hops, fading body, fizzy-tingly hopped bitter finish.

Summary: Extremely non-enticing with a shellfish nose. Way better brews out there, why bother?

Grasshopper Wheat Ale – Big Rock Brewing (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [D+],  I gave it a (2.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Grasshopper Wheat Ale – Big Rock Brewing, 5% ABV – 355ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

printed on the front right-side of the can:

“Ever watch the setting sun turn a field of wheat into a blanket of spun gold? If you could capture that feeling, you’d be holding it right now. At the heart of this world-class Kristallweizen is the very best of Alberta’s legendary wheat and barley. The soft sweetness is balanced by a light touch of hops for a clean finish that gently caresses your mouth. Its pure prairie goodness pours gloriously too, like liquid sunshine capped by fluffy white clouds.”

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  • Style: Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Sweet liquid grainy malt w/ hint of citrus
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12-pack – 12x355ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Part of a variety 12-pack, aluminum cans. Pours clear golden yellow-orange, no head, thin ringed retention, many steady streams.

Nose: Almost mute; just a touch of grainy barley malt. (lvl-1)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming grainy malts

Mid-palate: thin-bodied, watery mouthfeel, light fizzy, (lvl-4)-sweetness, light metallic, (MAIN) barley malt, bready-grainy, a hint of spiciness + citrus

Finish: a touch yeasty, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Don’t bother, nothing special here. Plain and boring.

Cracked Pepper Wheat Ale – Big Rock Brewing (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [D],  I gave it a (1.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Cracked Pepper Wheat Ale – Big Rock Brewing, 4.5% ABV – 355ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

print on the front right-side of the can:

“Cracked Pepper. Hot days and long evenings call for something light, refreshing and quaffable. And this ale’s fresh, crisp fruitiness is all of that. To balance it, our brewmaster wanted to add a twist of black pepper. Of course, being him, no ordinary pepper would do. We use the King of black peppers: Tellicherry. As a result, you’ll find this ale is definitely all that it’s cracked up to be.”

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  • Style: (Black pepper) Spiced Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Thin-bodied metallic grainy mostly barley malt faint black pepper
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12-pack – 12x355ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Visual: Part of a variety 12-pack, aluminum cans. Pours medium golden orange with a smallish somewhat lasting head, a thin layer of retention, no lacing, many clusters of fast activity.

Nose: almost non-existant; traces of bread. Weakest nose I’ve had in years. (lvl-1)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, off-tasting metallic flavour.

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, low complexity, (MAIN) barley malt, grainy

Finish: traces of pepper bitterness *weaksauce*, malty sweet light bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Such a letdown. The Tellicherry didn’t do squat to the primitive flavour profile. Not worth your time or mine. Okay as a meal beer or sedative.

Cuvée Bru Druivenbier – Big Rock Brewery (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Cuvée Bru Druivenbier 2013 – Big Rock Brewery, 6% ABV – 750ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

from the Big Rock Brewery website:

Magic Resides Where Grape and Grain Collide

Balanced like a luminous bubble upon the delicate wire betwixt the grape and grain, Big Rock’s effervescent new experiment will book your taste buds on a glamorous cruise into exciting new waters. Legend tells of a Belgian brewer who, in one of those magical moments when luck fuses gleefully with genius, blended the gentle sweet snap of grape with the robust sensuousness of a young ale. Big Rock has captured that golden moment of eureka with its exciting new Druivenbier – Flemish for ‘grape beer’. Glistening Pinot Gris grapes have been plucked from the warm bosom of Therapy Vineyards on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, BC. These grapes were then introduced to a sophisticated blend of three of Big Rock’s finest malts. This is a true Druivenbier – rarely seen in North America, and uncompromisingly elegant to the last puckish bubble”

on the back label:

“One day, some of Therapy Vineyard’s finest Pinot Gris grapes from Naramata, British Columbia fell in love with a mild and refreshing Big Rock ale. Cuvee Bru is the sparkling gem that came from their union: delightful, intriguing, and just scandalous enough to make society pages. This is one sophisticated libation you’ll want to know.”

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  • Style: (Pinot Gris – Fruit Beer) Druivenbier
  • Taste: Sweet Malt liquor with grape juice & sourness
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $13 (5% off) – 750ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours copper pale orange (Welch’s white grape juice) with minimal head, a very thin layer of retention, a bit of lacing, lots of steady evenly spaced streams.

Nose: musky liquid barley malt (aka Malt liquor), medium bright grape juice, apple juice. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: juice-like sugars, sweet-crisp

Mid-palate: thickish viscosity, (lvl-7)-long sweetness, (MAIN) malt liquor, barley, fruity white grape, liquid malt sweetener.

Finish: tamed acidity, light sour/tangy, more barley malt, a touch of bitterness, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Drinks like a white grapey Colt 45, but with sweetened almost artificially. Can’t say I loved this one bit it is decent when properly chilled and straight out of the bottle.