Molson Canadian Lager

Molson Canadian Lager (in a can), 5% ABV – 355ml, (Montreal, Canada)

  • Style: Pale Lager
  • My Rating: D+
  • Taste Profile: Semi-sweet malted barley/cereal -> fizzy/dry roughness -> light bitter jagged finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Winter 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in the least

Tasting notes: pours clear pale golden yellow with a very small head, ringed retention, watery pour, lots of active streams. Faint notes of barley malt on the nose. Drinks with a mellow malted cereal 5/10-sweetness up front, quickly transitioning into a fizzy mouthfeel, dry roughness on the tongue near the finish, ending with minimal bitterness. Low complexity, low depth, no carry, okay transitions, okay drinkability. I can see why beginners may like it as it goes down crisp and easy. Would be okay with hotpot.

Fruit Dessert Wines – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Forbidden Fruit Winery, (Cawston, BC)

1) Crushed Innocence 2010 – White Peach Dessert Wine, 13.5% ABV

On the back label:

“Our Crushed Innocence Wine is lovingly crafted from Similkameen Valley White Fleshed Peaches. The gentle crushing of this pure and delicate fruit captures the real heavenly bodied expression of peach elixir. Long considered to be the fruit of the gods, White Fleshed Peaches make a clear, translucent wine, with a full summer bouquet of honeysuckle and wildflowers, with notes of perfume. The velvety smooth flavour bursts with peach and passion fruit plus hints of orange and is wonderful on its own or with fruit salads, desserts and light cheeses.”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: very drinkable distinct white peach flavour
  • Where I got it: Central City Brewing
  • How much: $14 (after $5 off + 10%), 375ml, Apr/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: Yes, especially for non-wine drinkers and the gals

Tasting notes (chilled): pours a very light yellow with barely visible sediment, and only slightly thicker than water viscosity. Fruity white peach and lemon peel on the nose. Starts with 7/10-sweetness level white peach, transitions into tangy passion fruit intermixed with a very muddling alcoholic heat and bitterness. Also notes of honeysuckle and wildflower (as advertised). Overall very drinkable but the alcoholic funk distorts the flavour and experience somewhat.

2) Impearfection 2008 – Asian Pear Dessert Wine, 12% ABV

On the back label:

“The Asian Pears we use to make our Impearfection wine, are harvested in the pristine Similkameen Valley. Impearfection embodies the frail and exotic delicacy of the Asian Pear and blends its own sugars and spices. Once grown strictly for the Ancient Emperors, Asian Pear wine is a light gold colour with complex aromas of papaya, mango, wildflower honey, and ginger. This ‘Impearial’ Wine is multi layered and exudes pure flavours of allspice, crème caramel, honey, and tropical fruit. Enjoy this complex wine with Asian Cuisine, Cheesecakes, Crème Brulée, or with an ice cube on the patio.”

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: clean flavour, excellent complexity
  • Where I got it: Central City Brewing
  • How much: $14 (after $5 off + 10%), 375ml, Apr/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Perhaps in a cocktail
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: Yes, especially for non-wine drinkers and the gals

Tasting notes (chilled): pours light yellow with some micro bubbles at the bottom the glass. A bright inviting nose with hints of tropical fruit and lemon. Starts with a mix of mango, papaya, lemon, and honey, and then the gentle 7/10-level sweetness and sugar rush, followed by a slight mellow caramel and allspice finish. Extremely smooth and recommended.

3) Pomme Desiree 2007 – Ice Apple Dessert Wine, 13.5% ABV

on the back label:

“The Apple varieties we use in creating our Pomme Desiree wine, are all grown and harvested in the pristine Similkameen Valley. Six separate varieties make this perfect blend and the unique process of cryo extraction captures the pure natural concentrate of the fruit. Forever destined to be the fruit of Temptation and Desire, Pomme Desiree wine is a beautiful golden colour with complex aromas of candy apple and tropical fruit. Pure expressions of rich ripe apples, cinnamon, and caramel, rule the wines’ taste and it pairs perfectly with appetizers, cheesecakes, Black forest cake, and apple cinnamon pie.”

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: rich & clean apple flavour, smooth
  • Where I got it: @Winery (also Liquor Depot)
  • How much: ~$20, 375ml, Summer 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Perhaps in a cocktail
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: Yes, especially for non-wine drinkers and the gals

Tasting notes (chilled): pours light yellow. Extremely clean apple juice on the nose, with hints of syrupy honey and a bright nectar sweetness. Drinks with 9/10-level sweetness but counterbalanced with a very strong and clean apple juice taste, caramel mixed with soft alcohol, notes of cinnamon, honey syrup, and ends with a slight alcoholic bite. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Drinks like a super-refined and sophisticated cider sans the bubbles. Hides the alcohol well.

Blackberry Porter – Cannery Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

Blackberry Porter – Cannery Brewing, 6.5% ABV, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the bottle:

“An exciting explosion of flavour! Five carefully chosen malted barleys are combined with three superior hop varieties to produce this traditional Porter. Natural blackberry adds an exciting complexity to this easy sipping wonder. 36 IBU.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B (updated 7/2012)
  • Why it’s okay: nothing offensive, but nothing special
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 for 650ml, January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Nope
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Nope

Tasting Notes: almost purplish-black, small head, minimal lacing, ringed retention, micro and macro CO2, non-visible CO2 streams. Pleasant blackberry aromas on the nose. Smoky, slightly oaked, hints of coffee and trace amounts of blackberry flavour in there. Mids consist of coffee, nuts, and finishes with a medium-bittersweet long lingering finish. In the ingredients it lists “natural blackberry flavour”. It certainly doesn’t burst with blackberry flavour so therefore – Doesn’t taste as advertised!! Overall it’s an okay beer with an okay flavour profile. Medium complexity, medium depth, low-medium carry (flavour fades and is watery at the finish). Won’t drink again and can’t recommend.

*Update 7/2012* Retasted: I like the smoky, coffee, and mild blackberry finish.

Mandarin Orange Amber Ale – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Mandarin Orange Amber Ale – Dead Frog Brewery, 5% ABV, (Aldergrove, BC)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I kind of like it: N/A
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12 for a 6pack, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours amber orange (no surprise), micro CO2 with ringed retention, thin sticky lacing. A bit of malt on the nose. Aromas of mandarin orange and orange peel up front mixed with cutting-sharp chilled CO2 bubbles (stings the palate), and then finishes medium malty bitter – long and lingering bitterness. Viscosity is thinnish, low-medium complexity, low-medium length, low depth, and low carry. This beer is refreshing but it dies out fast in the mid and finish. I only enjoy the mandarin orange aroma, but one bottle is enough.

False Creek Raspberry Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

False Creek Raspberry Ale – Granville Island Brewing, 4.5% ABV, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Our FALSE CREEK RASPBERRY ALE is an ultra-refreshing summer ale that combines premium malt and hops with Fraser Valley raspberries. Well-balanced with raspberry colour, aroma and finish, it pairs well with summer salads, fresh air and sunny afternoons.”

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I might like it: refreshing if out in the sun
  • Who I recommend it to: N/A
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.25 for 6pack , Summer 2011

Tasting Notes: pours cara-cara orange flesh pink, half-lacing, micro carbonation, smallish head. Slight muted raspberries on the nose and nothing much else. Initial burst of tartness, minor sourness, and then a very blanketed raspberry aroma. The tartness persists throughout while the soft but over-carbonation covers the entire top of the mouth. Finishes mildly bitter and somewhat rough. Low-medium complexity, low depth, short length. Can’t say I’m a fan.

Toasted Coconut Wit (Beermaster Series), 650ml, 5% ABV, (Aldergrove, BC)

On the side of the label:

“Toasted Coconut Wit is traditionally unfiltered, fresh, lightly spiced wheat ale infused with coconuts toasted to perfection in the oven of The Island Goddess!”

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I might like it: Half crisp, goes down as a witbier with a bit of refreshing citrus in there.
  • Who I recommend it to: N/A
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Store
  • How much: $5, Oct/2011

Beer Tasting Notes: pours cloudy off-yellow white, quickly dissipated head, sliding lacing. Drank at 10C, very minor toasted flavour, almost non-existent coconut flavour. Somewhat sour aftertaste, with orange notes occupying the middle stanza. A little creamy, but somewhat disappointing thin body, hard rough bitter finish. Will not go another round.