Winter Collaboration Ale Vol.1 – Persephone Brewing Co. (Gibsons, BC, Canada)

Winter Collaboration Ale Vol.1 – Deep Cove Brewing & Persephone Brewing Company, 7.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Gibsons, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“This rich, malty ale is brewed with double roasted Crystal malt to give it a full body and fruity, caramel flavours. It’s then aged on Pinot Noir brandy-infused oak to give it a note of vanilla and warming complexity of flavour.

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  • Style: (Pinot Noir brandy oak aged) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Brandy-laced caramel barley malt intrusive eau-de-vie airiness muddled finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Bby
  • How much: $9.80 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not particularly

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours mainly brown with a slight reddish hue, barely any head, ringed retention, a mix of loose slow streams

Nose: raisin-fig bready, brandy overtones. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker, soft crisp

Mid-palate: boozy-zingy, (lvl-6-sweetness), sweet toasted caramel barley malts, dryness from brandy/airiness

Finish: eau-de-vie palate numbness, muddled slight woody residual barley maltiness

Summary: The influence of the brandy-oak is definitely present, but overall result isn’t particularly entrancing. The brighter berry notes of the brandy seem to be fighting with the caramel grain character of the barley. Somewhat incohesive, but a decent attempt – drinkable.

Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, 5.8% ABV – 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-left side label:

“The bio-luminescent jellyfish of Deep Cove are well known for unexpectedly lighting up the dark waters with a phosphorescent glow. This porter has the power to do the same for beer drinkers who are looking for a flash of the unexpected that won’t soon be forgotten.

Tasting notes: warming and sweet, toasted coconut, rich chocolate, light roast malt, deep mahogany colour.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coconut, cocoa nibs) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely drinkable

Visual: Pours jet black-brown without much head, thing ringed micro retention, spread out singular steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: rich malted barley, light burnt toasted. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background licorice numbing, half slick-thicker

Mid-palate: light tingly, chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness), background light sour, roasted barley malt

Finish: cola, brown sugar-coconut, cocoa nib nutty exhale, roast coffee exhale, lingering roasty chocolate

Summary: Surprisingly complex with distinct layered flavours and smooth transitions. It could be slightly less sharp and creamier, but definitely one of better porters I’ve had in a long while.

Sun Kissed Tea Saison – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Sun Kissed Tea Saison – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, 5% ABV – 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-right side label:

“Think fruit orchards and sunlit patios. This playful beer will surprise you with a combination of fruity tones, peppery spice and a refreshingly dry tartness. Made with apple, mango and papaya Rooibos tea, Sun Kissed Tea Saison is the perfect summer sipper. – Sante.”

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  • Style: (apple-mango-papaya rooibos tea) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: Fruity sour pukey apple banana wheat malt rooibos dry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby.
  • How much: $6.30 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely drinkable

Visual: Pours clear orange copper with a smallish dissipating head, half lacing, several slow steady spread out streams.

Nose: super fruity mango-papaya-apple juiciness. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy, incoming sour acidity

Mid-palate: , medium sour-tangy, (MAIN) apple, light-med pukey-sour, banana wheat ->

Finish: barley malt, rooibos tea palate roughness, touch of peppery spicy with subtle bitterness, dry malt finish.

Summary: Pretty good combo: rooibos and wheat malt; lots of fruitiness, good complexity and nicely drinkable. Slightly rough around the edges but still very enjoyable.

Quick Wit Wheat Ale – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Quick Wit Wheat Ale – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, 5% ABV – 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-side label:

“Designed to be a smooth and refreshing sip of summer at anytime of the year, this Belgian wit is a perfect blend of fresh spices and lively fruit flavours. Orange peel and fresh ground coriander are used to create this easy drinking Quick Wit Wheat Ale. As they say in Belgium, PROOST!”

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  • Style: (orange peel, coriander) Spiced Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Crisp banana wheat malt dry coriander easy drinking
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours almost clear pale golden yellow with a good-sized head, scattered lacing, a decent layer of foamy retention, varied speed singular streams.

Nose: fruity banana-pineapple wheat malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fizzy, super crisp bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-soft sweetness, (MAIN) banana, wheat malts

Finish: burpy, coriander dryness, subtle orange oils, thin-bodied dry malt finish.

Summary: Not super impressionable but very drinkable texture and mouthfeel. Flavours seem a bit washed compared to a simliar brew, Upright Brewing’s Gose.