Jardinier – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

Jardinier (Belgian-style Pale Ale) – The Bruery, 4.9% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)


on the back label:

“Jardinier, which is French for ‘gardener’, was inspired by the fresh, thirst quenching beers on the Belgian dinner table. A perfect beer for any occasion, casual or ornate. Jardinier is best enjoyed fresh. The ideal serving temperature is 45°F (7°C). Best servied in a tulip or wine glass.”

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  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Creamy crisp soft bodied tangerine wheat malt dry wheat malt
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $11.80 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, only slightly engaging

Visual: Hefty bottle. Pours opaque pale golden orange with a LARGE foamy head, 3mm retention with sticky lacing, barely visible singular micro streams.

Nose: pineapple wheat, Belgian yeasty, tangerine. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, foamy-airy CO2, light-bodied entry

Mid-palate: tangy banana wheat malt, yeasty-airy, (lvl-2)-sweetness, background soft bitter hops, tangerine hop oils,

Finish: pineapple exhale, wheat malt palate rough DRY

Summary: Solid quality mouthfeel, decent body for a less than 5%er, good brightness as advertised. Not particularly deep (as expected), some palate roughness in the finish. A table beer indeed, not too interesting.

Burnabarian (Tafelbier) – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Burnabarian – Dageraad Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

What is a tafelbier? (wiki)

  • low-alcohol, usually not over 1.5% ABV (but this one is 4.5%)
  • draft lager with a tafelbier added is called “half om”, to act as a sweetener and reduce fizziness

My Notes:

  • Style: Tafelbier (Table Beer)
  • Taste: banana wheat sour dry coriander soft hopped bitter
  • How much: $7 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (growler fill). Pours clear pale amber with barely any head, barely any retention, lots of scatter micro bubble loose streams.

Nose: clean sweet banana wheat malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming banana

Mid-palate: light fizzy, medium sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) yeasty, wheat malts, banana, light clove

Finish: dry, coriander, subtle bitter hoppiness, almost salty hopped finish.

Summary: Not bad flavour and body-wise for an only 4.5% ABV beer. Not something I’d have again though.