Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Dubaï Pillée (Extra Strong Invasive Beer, IIPA)- Le Trou du Diable, 9% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“In 1954, Dubai was invaded and looted of its alcohol by extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, very few realize that the stocks are constantly diminishing… Their return is imminent.

Thus, we present this offering consisting of a beer with a white, lasting head, from which emerge fine exotic bubbles filled with predominant aromas of mango, passion fruit and apricot. Initially fruity, this beer features a well rounded and smooth a palate, punctuated with an alcohol warmth and a pronounced bitterness, which are both engaging in an ultimate conflict, therefore convincing the sceptics [sic] that the Great Invasion is coming.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: toffee malt sweet slight apricot heavy alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.90 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular
  • What made an impression: overbearing alcohol

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours rich golden orange with a fine 1mm lasting head, sticky lacing, very tight clustered micro active streams.

Nose: honey biscuity toffee barley malt, chamomile. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp-thicker, heavy malt with alcohol impression

Mid-palate: honey toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness) with some alcoholic heat, chamomile, tangy apricot

Finish: woody honey exhale, residual malty bittersweet

Summary: Drinks good at 17.5°C. Good body and flavour, but the alcohol detection is on the invasive side, making it too heavy after multiple sips. Not quite as tropical as the description.

 

Zombie Hopocalypse – Fuggles & Warlock (Richmond, BC, Canada)

Zombie Hopocalypse – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks + Central City Brewers collaboration, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“A refreshing light bodied session ale with juicy wet hops from BC Hop Co. Featuring wet Centennial & Chinook hops.”

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  • Style: (wet hop) Session India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Grapefruit tangerine dry barley malt astringent grassy light tangy-sour
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.15 CAD (after 5% off) – 650ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
  • What was the impression: dull, underwhelming fresh hop influence

Visual: Pours clear pale straw orange with a large 2cm frothy head, thick lacing, clusters of active streams, suspended micro sediment.

Nose: juicy tangerine-grapefruit (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, dry citrus malt impression

Mid-palate: resiny tart, grainy barley malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), grapefruit pith and flesh, tangy tangerine, soft sour continuous tart

Finish: dry dull hop bitter

Summary: Drinks full flavoured at 14°C. Its got an okay tangerine-grapefruit hop profile but the malt base is rather weak. Also there’s an astringent grassy sourness coming from the hops that aren’t that appealing. Slightly above average, but I wouldn’t say it’s great.

Red Salmonberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [A-]

Red Salmonberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines, 12% ABV, 375 ml., (Dewdney, BC, Canada) (*local BC Wine*)


on the back label:

“Red Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis). Sweet Flavour, exceptional color and a truly lovely bouquet, are the signatures of this delicate wine. Salmonberries are harvested from the south coast of BC to as far North as the mystic Queen Charlottle Islands. These berries turn from a fun childhood treat found on walks in the woods into a very grown-up dessert wine perfect for sharing with that special someone.”

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  • Style: (fruit – Red Salmonberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Cherry-cranberry-pomegranate red fruity controlled sugars short tangy clean sippable
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot @Cambie / Vancouver
  • How much: $25 CAD – 375 ml., sometime in ’11-’12
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes!
  • What was most impressionable: big depth of berry flavour

Visual: (cellared for at least 5 years). Pours clear dark plum, a few bubbles in the glass.

Nose: fruity tart grape-raspberry, alcoholic backdrop. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fruity sweet impression

Mid-palate: controlled (lvl-6-sweetness), cherry-cranberry-pomegranate blend, light tart, tangy short acidity

Finish: residual fruity sugars, mild alcohol warmth

Summary: Super red fruity while having a solid depth, controlled sugars and acidity, and a pleasant and clean finish. Supremely sippable. This would do wonders in a cocktail. I would buy another bottle if I ever see it again.

Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales, 5.8% ABV – 38 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Some say the only ingredients in beer should be barley, hops, yeast, and water. We say, the more the merrier. The Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa, then conditioned on cocoa nibs for an intense chocolate flavour. Toasted oats contribute a baked oatmeal cookie aroma. A perfect treat right before bed.”

Grains: Maris Otter, Chocolate, Crystal 60, Flaked Oats, Carafa Special II

Hops: East Kent goldings, Fuggles

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  • Style: (flavoured – cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, lactose)
    Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Sharp crisp metallic chocolate malt dry cocoa roasted bitter malt disjointed transitions
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.45 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not refined

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours jet black with a sizeable frothy 2cm slowly dissipating head, 2mm creamy retention, a bit of lacing, very active scattered micro streams.

Nose: cocoa powder malt, cocoa nib nutty, toasted-slight burnt toffee biscuit (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, full-tingly, subdued sour background

Mid-palate: metallic oaty chocolate malt, mild milkiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), dry cocoa base, soft toasted bitter barley malt

Finish: residual dark cocoa, lingering roasted dark malt

Summary: Decent dark roast chocolaty flavour but somewhat marred by a metallic sharpness. The oats and lactose don’t seem to create enough of a creamy silkiness to complement the cocoa, which itself isn’t too spectacular. Drinkable, but the transitions lack finesse and are chaotic to the palate.

Cherysh Cherry Rosé 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Cherysh Cherry Rosé 2008 (fruit wine) – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Our CHERYSH ROSÉ is lovingly hand crafted from tree ripened Stella cherries grown and harvested in the pristine Similkameen Valley. With their superb flavours and sweetness, Stella cherries are a perfect choice for this exceptional wine.

Known throughout the ages as the fruit of love, flushed red with pleasure or with shame, Cherysh is a delicate Rosé colour with rich cherry aromas. With a hint of sweetness in its soft clean finish and a creamy cherry flavour on the palate, this Rosé pairs with seafood and spicy dishes or served as an aperitif.”

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  • Style: (table wine – Cherry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy controlled acidic fruity light-med body cherry short length
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $20 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados:

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 9 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours clear light scarlet red, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: bright fruity juicy cherry, tangy tart depth (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: acidic-tart, fruity impression

Mid-palate: light-medium cherry body, short length, medium tangy-light tart, fruity crisp acidity, (lvl-2-sweetness)

Finish: residual tanginess, flat flavour finish, mild woody cherry stem exhale

Summary: Overall it is skewed toward the tangy acidic side, with the cherry body falling short during the mids until the finish. It has decent authentic cherry flavour but overall it’s just an average drinking experience.

Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers & Distillers, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-2017 pumpkin beers are finally here! Here’s the 1st of 2017.


printed on the front-left label:

Like a delicious Pumpkin Snickerdoodle, this craft beer creation is infused with real pumpkin, fall spice flavour, and has a smooth, creamy centre.

Ingredients: water, malted barley , pumpkin puree, lactose, hops and spices.

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and in case you were wondering what’s a snickerdoodle (via wiki):

“A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough.”


  • Style: (flavoured – pumpkin, lactose, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650 ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope, weak body

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a dissipating 1mm head, ringed retention, scattered loose singular streams.

Nose: nutmeg-cinnamon, brown sugar malt. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: crisp-light fizzy, malty sweet impresion

Mid-palate: lengthy cinnamon/nutmeg spices, pumpkin base, brown sugar malt-(thin), (lvl-5)-sweetness,

Finish: mild lactose, residual malt body

Summary: The pumpkin-spices to malt body ratio is off; The barley malt base is too weak and lacks length and carry while the pumpkin and spiced flavours gradually dominate from the start of the mids onward. The lactose adds a bit of thicker mouthfeel at the end but by then the malt body has already stopped short. Drinkable, but below average – not worth your time.

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

Saison Framboise – Brasserie Dunham, 6.5% ABV – 18 IBU – 750 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)

“Bottle fermented ale with real raspberries”


  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Saison / Fruit Beer
  • Taste: controlled light tart-sour-tangy sweet wheat clean raspberry soft funk
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $14.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 750 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good quality beer

Visual: (Cellared for 1 year). Pours cloudy hibiscus pink with super creamy 2cm lasting head, a plethora of very active micro streams. Gorgeous.

Nose: sour funk pukey, red berry fruity notes. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-smooth, lively mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tingly, tart-short sour, (lvl-3)-sweetness, mild woody funk, wheat malt sweet, fruity raspberry

Finish: airy, slight wheat malt palate rough, residual tangy woody malt

Summary: Super clean and balanced straight out of the fridge and into a chilled glass. Surprisingly low funk and sourness for the first glass; As it warms, a bit more funk, sourness, and palate roughness emerge, but still very high quality. I would have liked more body at the finish.