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.

Pêche Mode 2014 – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

Pêche Mode 2014 Belgian Style Sour Ale brewed with peaches – Double Mountain Brewery, 8.6% ABV – 7 BU, 12.7 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This Belgian Style Ale is aged for nine months on local Hood River peaches, our special house yeast, and Brettanomyces. Peach aromas shine through a farmhouse of funk and finishes tart and dry. Bottle conditioned.”

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  • Style: (peach) Sour Ale / Fruit beer
  • Taste: Big sour controlled pukey funk dull peach malt tangy tart acidity
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $18.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 12.7 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not worth the imported price

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Hefty quality bottle. Pours translucent marmalade orange with a smallish long-lasting 2mm head, tight steady-fast clustered streams.

Nose: high acidic sour pukey, fruity alcoholic peach-apricot at the backend (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: huge sour-medium tart impression, soft crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), light vinegar, manageable big sour, medium pukey funk, dull peach notes mixed with tangy fruity malt

Finish: medium tart, lingering tangy soft fruity pukey acidity

Summary: Despite its big sourness and pukey nature, this is surprisingly sippable and the ABV is very well hidden. The peach fruitiness is on the dull side but the engaging acidity keeps this one interesting.

Strawberry Lambicus – Timmermans (Belgium)

Strawberry Lambicus – Brouwerij Timmermans, 4% ABV, 33 cl., (Itterbeek, Belgium)


“The World’s Oldest Lambic Brewery” (founded in 1781)

Ingredients: water, fruit juice (strawberries 11.5%), barley malt, sugar wheat, flavourings hops, antioxidant: E300.


  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit – Lambic
  • Taste: Aromatic authentic tangy-sweet strawberry light sour background barley rough wheat malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.90 CAD (after 10% off) – 33cl., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: taste not worth my $

Visual: Aluminum foil covered. Pours opaque cloudy scarlet red with a nice 2cmm frothy head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active micro streams.

Nose: huge authentic fruity sweet strawberry puree, magnificent. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tangy-tart, subdued sour, fruity sweet

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), real strawberry-tangy puree, background barley malt

Finish: wheat malt rough palate dry, strawberry exhale

Summary: The barley tastes very generic and is mainly covered up by the strong fruity strawberry presence. Decent strawberry flavour, but it comes across as very candy-esque, straightforward, and uninteresting after a few sips. Wicked aroma though.

Éphémère Apple – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [C+] unchanged,  I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Éphémère Apple – Unibroue, 5.5% ABV, 341ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.

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printed on the back label:

“LÉphémère Pomme is made in honor of this great fruit. Its lively effervescence, fresh and refreshing taste as well as its Granny Smith apple nose combine to offer you a unique sensory experience. It pairs extremely well with goat’s milk cheeses, pork or duck. It has known such a success that you will now be able to appreciate its taste all year long.”

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  • Style: (green apple) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry tangy light tart/sour green apple muscat unclean finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x341ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

(May 2013 tasting):

Tasting notes: pours almost clear filtered apple juice yellow with minimal head, and lots of CO2 activity. Very fruity green apple juicy nose with a bit of yeasty banana wheat.

Attack: soft wheat malt, 6/10-candy sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy, sour tart green apple, mild apple peel fibrous, yeasty, cuts dry

Finish: light rough dry, light soapy green apple, tingly finish.

A dry finish that is excessively dry and wheat/malty for my tastes.


May 2016 tasting:

Visual: Pours translucent yellow-orange with a large foamy head, 2mm layer of fine retention, clusters of fast and active streams.

Nose: apple soda, kinda soaplike but pleasant, background banana wheat malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, cream-bubbly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tangy green apple, fake syrupy-like (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: light-sour yeasty, dry wheat malt palate roughness, muscat grape exhale

Summary: I liked the crisp tanginess of it, and the green apple/muscat was nice but once again another Unibroue brew that doesn’t finish clean.

Frambozen – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Frambozen Raspberry Ale – Steamworks Brewing Company, 7% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


Ingredients: water, malt, raspberry concentrate, hops, yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Fruity sweet tangy raspberry juice brown sugar malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Cellared for 4 years). Pours magenta brown without a head, small islands, slow singular micro CO2 streams.

Nose: luscious tangy-sweet raspberry juice. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: micro fizzy-half crisp

Mid-palate: tangy-sweet raspberry juice, brown sugar barley malts, (lvl-7-sweetness)

Finish: bittersweet malty deep exhale, subtly tart

Summary: I particularly like the cleanliness of raspberry flavour as well as the balanced malty backbone. Not too aggressively sour, tart, or funky, just a tad sweet. Good drinkability for a 7%.

Peaches & Cream Ale – Fearless Brewing Co. (Estacada, OR, USA)

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Peaches & Cream Ale – Fearless Brewing Company, 4.6% ABV, 1 pint, (Estacada, Oregon, USA)


  • Style: (flavoured – artificial peach) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Artificial peach perfume thin body grainy barley malt lasting soft hop bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $3.55 (after 7.5% off) – 1 pint, February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours translucent pale light orange with a small dissipating head, a very thin hazy layer of retention, several singular micro streams scattered about.

Nose: fruity fuzzy peach candy, somewhat perfume-like (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, subdued hops

Mid-palate: background artificial peach perfume, (lvl-4-sweetness), grainy barley malt, half-creamy/tingly mouthfeel,

Finish: lasting soft bitter hops, barley malt exhale, thin body finish.

Summary: Once I saw “ale with ARTIFICIAL flavor” on the side of the can, I immediately became skeptical. It is drinkable with a decent mouthfeel and hop profile, but is lacking in depth and genuine complexity – aka simple bodied. Average.

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Belgium) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [A-, unchanged from 2012],  I gave it a (3.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Liefmans Cuvée Brut 2010 (Duvel-Moortgat), 6% ABV, 375., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)

On the paper label:

“Liefmans Cuvée Brut is brewed only once a year, in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create the final result: a complex, deep-red ale with refreshing, balanced tart-sweet taste, strong cherry notes and sparkling carbonation.”

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  • Style: (cherry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Tangy fruity cherry raspberry light balsamic woody
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor / Edmonton
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Initial June 2012 tasting (Rating = A-):

Tasting notes: pours dark translucent cherry red, minimal head, sticky lacing, ringed micro CO2 retention, a few extremely slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and pomegranate on the nose. 7/10-level sourness, 7/10 level tartness up front, transitions into 8/10-level sweetness, tingly-creamy CO2, persistent sourness, flavours of sour cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, mild malts, green apple, jam, all very balanced and cooperative. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good drinkability. It gets a little sweet after awhile if drinking on its own.


February 22, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: (Cellared 4 years). Unlabeled green bottle wrapped in a paper label, composite cork, twisty top. Pours dark brownish red with no head, a few very slow micro bubble streams.

Nose: tangy raspberry juice with mixed with lightly funked carameled wood. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker-tangy, low CO2

Mid-palate: dissipating sour, (lvl-8)-sweetness, cherry juice, raspberry, light caramel malty backbone, woody, light funk, continued tangy

Finish: balsamic vinegar, raspberry exhale, residual tangy cloying sweetness.

Summary: Tangy throughout with a very agreeable complex deep fruity flavour. Clean transitions despite the low CO2. Still good after cellaring with more balsamic characteristics emerging.