Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 3 – Red Racer Fireside Warmth

  • My Rating: [C]

TL:DR – “Messy flavours, a bit of a gag reflex. Just average.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 3 – Red Racer Fireside Warmth (Spiced Apple Honey Saison), 6% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“Inspired by a fireside spiced apple cider, warming winter spice with apple juice and a touch of heny make this a smooth and spicy take on a classic winter bevvy.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley , oats, apple juice, honey, hops, spices, vanilla, yeast.


  • Style: (spices, apple juice, honey, vanilla) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: messy spiced rough palate slightly sour barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: prominent spices

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with no head, slow steady micro streams.

Nose: mulled spices, honey malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dull tingly crisp

Mid-palate: clove/cinnamon, honey, background mild sour, rough spiced barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: rough palate, browned apple

Summary: Spices are definitely there but there is no cohesion among all the ingredients. Quite messy, experimental for sure. No way does this taste like a classic spiced apple cider. At least the nose is good.

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.

Peared Up Saison – Central City Brewers Collab (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Peared Up Saison – Central City Brewers & Distillers + Great Lakes Brewery (Toronto) Collaboration, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-right label:

“The Paired Up Saison is a single hopped Saison brewed with Jarrylo Hops and real pear juice. The Jarrylo hops bring out a natural banana, pear and citrus spice flavour in this light and sessionable ale. The natural hop flavour is augmented with pear juice in the brew for a fruit-infused flavour experience.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – pear juice) Saison
  • Taste: Crisp clean light-medium banana wheat malt mild pear roughish dry finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.90 CAD – 650 ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: nah.

Visual: Pours slightly translucent pale apple juice yellow with a medium-sized lasting head, 2mm retention, close singular fast large bubble streams.

Nose: pear floral-perfumy, yeasty light banana wheat malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy bite, mouthful of bubbly CO2

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy, pineapple-banana wheat malt, yeasty-tangy mildly astringent, (lvl-3-sweetness), perfumey pear, hints of apple

Finish: wheat malt exhale, minor dry palate roughness, super subtle hop bitterness

Summary: Some pear flavour in the mids, but not very bright – predominantly banana wheat malt. Not super smooth, lacking in a substantial body; Sessionable but not impressionable.

Honey Mussel Saison – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Honey Mussel Saison – Spinnakers Brewpub, 6.2% ABV – 20 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

Brewed with Canadian Pilsen malt and BC grown hops, this is a warm fermented, Belgian style saison made truly unique by the addition of local honey mussels grown and harvested by BC Mussel Company, in the boil. The soft, sweet flavour of these delicate bivalve mollusks compliments the slightly fruity esters of our French Saison yeast and makes for a totally one of a kind offering.

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  • Style: (barrel aged – French Oak) Sour Saison
  • Taste: Sour pukey barnyard grapefruit subtle bitter dry grainy oaked barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.35 CAD – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours slightly hazy pale orange with a massive loose foamy head, sticky half lacing, clusters of speedy gonzales streams. No sunken bits of mussels, fortunately.

Nose: yeasty-airy, light funk wheat malt, citrus-floral overtones. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp-light creamy lively mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sweet barley malt, apricot, light tangy-zingy, (lvl-5-sweetness), light saltiness

Finish: banana wheat malt exhale, residual saltiness, dirty palate/non-smooth finish.

Summary: (Mussel saison, is that going to be a thing? Like oyster stouts…). There is a general clammy saltiness from the early mids to the finish and I must say it doesn’t make this beer good. There’s some fruity apricot-banana wheat malt flavour but the finish is just a mess – it makes you want to eat something or drink something else to clean your mouth. This is the 8th Spinnakers brew that I’ve reviewed and I can definitively say that I don’t like their beers. Rating range: C+ to Fail.

Lemon Gin Saison – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Lemon Gin Saison (Seasonal) – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 24 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


printed on the front-right label:

“Brewed with the addition of juniper berries, lemon peel, coriander, and pink peppercorns, and fermented with a French Saison yeast, this beer is unique and super drinkable. Juniper, used in moderation, emphasizes the gin flavours, while coriander adds depth and complexity. The Saison yeast used expresses peppery, spicy and citrusy notes, which play well with the lemon zest and pink peppercorn.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – juniper berry, lemon peel, coriander, pink peppercord) Saison
  • Taste: Lemon citrusy tang soft banana wheat malt dry subtle hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.65 (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: doesn’t taste as advertised

Visual: Pours opaque golden orange with a massive, ultra-foamy lasting head, half sticky lacing, singular steady micro streams.

Nose: yeasty, mild fart, very mild pukey pineapple wheat malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, fine-fizzy

Mid-palate: juniper berry, tangy lemon citrus acidity, light sour funk, dry rough grainy wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness),

Finish: hint pink peppercorn/coriander exhale, stealth light bitter hops, residual tangy malt.

Summary: Not exactly bursting with bright lemon or juniper flavours, there is some lemony acidic tang, but the main taste is the wheat malt. Acceptable body and mouthfeel, I was just expecting more.

Señor Saison – Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado, CA, USA)

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Señor Saison – Coronado Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Coronado, California, USA)

“Crown Series – Belgian-style ale brewed with jalapeño and piloncillo

-In case you’re like me and wondering what is piloncillo, it’s unrefined cane sugar packed into a cone shape.

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printed on the back of the bottle:

“Just south of our brewery, Baja California’s burgeoning spirit of craft brewing reminds us a lot of our own Meixcan brewers looking to make a name for their region. We’ve enjoyed keeping an eye on the exciting new beers coming out of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe, and celebrate the rise of craft beer south of the border with this reimagined farmhouse ale. Brewed with piloncillo and jalapeño peppers, it combines a touch of spice with fruity esters derived from Belgian yeast. Like the brews of our cross-border amigos, this cerveza takes craft to new and interesting places.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – jalapeno, piloncillo) Saison
  • Taste: Bubbly-fizzy non-spicy jalapeno banana clove wheat malt tangerine bloated
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $10 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours amber orange with a large creamy head, half sticky lacing, a foamy layer of retention with clusters upon clusters of fast activity.

Nose: orange citrusy banana wheat malt, jalapeno. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-full cream-fizzy

Mid-palate: jalapeño vegginess without the heat, (lvl-5-sweetness), bubbly beer head texture, light pukey-tangy mixed with banana clove wheat malt, tangerine citrusy

Finish: very subtle jalapeño heat, banana wheat malt grainy exhale.

Conclusion: Too much CO2 in there combined with the citrusy wheat malt makes it unbalanced and leaves you feeling bloated.  Jalapeno flavour plays a subservient role to the prominent banana-clove profile, I didn’t find this brew particularly enticing. A small notch above average.

Les Saisonniers – Green Leaf Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Les Saisonniers – Green Leaf Brewing Company, 5% ABV – 26 IBU, 650 ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

Rose hips, coriander and lemon zest combine with Dupont yeast for a uniquely spicy and refreshing beer”


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  • Style: (flavoured – rose hips, coriander, lemon zest) Saison
  • Taste: Medium aggressive pukey sour-tangy-puckery rosehip dry barley malt rough finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Bottle conditioned, pours pale light copper brown with a decent 1cm bubbly head, thick ringed retention, torrents of clustered CO2 streams.

Nose: soft tangy rosehip, soft citrusy malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background sour-tart

Mid-palate: puckery sour-tangy pukiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), rosehip

Finish: grainy barley malt exhale, lemon zest, tart coriander dry roughness.

Summary: Semi-interesting flavours, decent body but not particularly liking the overly aggressive pukey sour nor the palate rough finish. Mildly interesting.

Cherry Bomb Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale – Mission Springs Brewing Co. (Mission, BC, Canada)

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Cherry Bomb Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale – Mission Springs Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Mission, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

“This unique and delicious ale is brewed as a classic farmhouse ale using imported malts; and is fermented with just the right amount of sour cherries. Exceptionally sessionable. Small batch, Fraser Valley goodness in every bottle.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Cherry) Saison / Farmhouse ale
  • Taste: Creamy mild tart cherry banana wheat malt pukey med acidic dry bitter astringent hops
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a massive super foamy head with a large 1cm retention and sticky lacing, mixed singular tight streams and clusters hugging the side of the glass.

Nose: berried banana wheaty malts with background acidity (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, cream-lively tingly

Mid-palate: background light tart cherry tangy, dull bitterness, banana wheat malty, pukey, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: medium acidic sour, dry bitter soft astringent hops.

Summary: It looks deceptively good and noses alright, but the flavours just don’t together right. Overall it there’s some astringency from the the cherry or the hops or perhaps both. At least the creamy mouthfeel and acidity are decent, but not a ton of juicy cherry flavour considering the name.

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.

Intrepid Matcha Saison – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

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Intrepid Matcha Saison – Moody Ales, 6.9% ABV – 35 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Moody Ales is proud of our homebrewing roots – that’s why we regularly serve beers inspired by the local homebrew recipes in our tasting room. When local homebrewer Steve Sheldon shared his Lemon Matcha Saison with us, we knew we had to share it with as many beer lovers as we could. Intrepid Matcha Saison is the result of this collaboration. Crisp, refreshing, earthy, spicy, unique – this beer is a celebration of homebrewed creativity.”


  • Style: (Lemon, Matcha) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: Lemony bright banana wheat malt only green tea hints throughout
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours egg custard yellow with a small diminishing head, a micro layer of retention, clusters of very active streams.

Nose: light funk, sour wheat malt, hint of lemon juice. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-lively CO2, acidic brightness

Mid-palate: med sour, light tart, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey funk, lemon, banana wheat malt

Finish: green tea bitter & dryness, light lemon and wheat malt dry finish.

Summary: It’s an okay crisp brew, but mostly wheat malt dominant with some lemon up front and subtle matcha in the background; Neither make a huge impression. Just average.