Dark Farmhouse – Microbrasserie Le Castor (Rigaud, QC, Canada)

Dark Farmhouse (organic beer) – Microbrasserie Le Castor., 6% ABV, 500ml., (Rigaud, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

Brewed with malted barley & wheat, this dark farmhouse ale is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces & Brettanomyces yeasts. Spicey & piney hop varieties complement subtle roast & tobacco character derived from dark specialty malts. Fermented very dry with wild yeast, this Saison will pair well with a variety of robust foods including grilled meats, strong cheeses and spicey Asian cuisine.


  • Style: (dark) Saison
  • Taste: Tangy bright roasted barley slight funk subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.90 CAD (after 20% off) – 500ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a interesting brew

Visual: Pours beer bottle dark brown with a small 1mm super long-lasting foamy head, scattered singular tight steady micro streams.

Nose: light peaty-rubbery smoked malts, background brightness. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, brown sugar malt impression

Mid-palate: light tingly (lvl-2-sweetness), background subtle tangy, slight funk’d dry roasted barley malt

Finish: coriander-mild piney subtle bitter, residual grainy wheat malts.

Summary: A really interesting beer combining the light and dark; Bright saison wheatness with the roasted barley – very good transitions and flawless integration. Can’t say I’ll have another but I’m glad I had this one.

Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery, 4.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Original Organic Lager is a pure, refreshing European style beer. Batch-crafted from the finest organic ingredients, it takes 2 to 3 times longer to brew than ordinary beer. Light and crisp, it is cold-aged for 5 smooth weeks, creating a creamy, soft palate with a distinctively clean finish.”

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  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: Basic liquid barley malt background CO2 hints of grainy corn
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours orange-yellow with a quickly dissipating soda bubble head, several steady active streams, micro dark sediment remaining in the bottle.

Nose: very very faint barley, some plastic. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp, watery body

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), liquid barley malt, a touch of grainy corn, background CO2

Finish: subtle burpy,

Summary: Another ‘too basic’ lager from Mill St. Just chug it and forget it. FWIW organic or not it doesn’t make a difference in this case.

Organic Pumpkin Ale – Nelson Brewing (Nelson, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D

Organic Pumpkin Ale – Nelson Brewing, 5.0% ABV, 650ml, (Nelson, BC, Canada)

Ingredients on the front side label: water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Hops, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Ginger, Organic Allspice, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves, Yeast. (all organic!)

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: fizzy crisp -> cola malt/cinnamon/pumpkin -> burpy/malt/ginger dry finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: All organic! (except the water and the yeast) I feel healthier already thinking about how good this organic beer will be for me. Organic = good, right? Hmm.. I’ve had organic beers before, and they all seemed lacking in depth and flavour. Let’s hope this one will prove me wrong. Pours light-medium dark brown with almost no head, light ringed retention, several slow moving streams.

Nose: weak, faint malts on the nose. (2)-aromatic strength

Attack: tingly-fizzy, (8)-high crispness

Mid-palate: (4)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola malts, (HINT) cinnamon, pumpkin saltines

Finish: burpy, light malty exhale, mild bitter (4)-hops, ginger dryness.

Summary: Overall this brew is very weak in body and depth. Not much punch or distinct spices. Skip this seasonal brew in favour of others that do it much better. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)