Seefbier – Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie (Antwerp, Belgium)


Seefbier – Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie – (brewed at Brouwerij Roman), 6.5% ABV, 330ml., (Antwerp, Belgium)

info from

Revival of one of Antwerpens’ best-known historical styles, by Johan Van Dyck. Plans exist for an Antwerpen-based new brewery, for the moment brewed at Roman.

Contains barley, wheat, oats, buckwheat

-2014 World Beer Cup Gold

-2013 World Beer Awards Europe Gold”


  • Style: Traditional Ale
  • Taste: Tangy banana wheat malt cream-fizzy straightforward mildly rough finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.90 CAD (after 10% off) – 330ml, December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours translucent yellow-orange with a decent sized dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of very active streams.

Nose: sweet floral barley malt, chamomile, a bit of pukiness (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bubbly-fizzy, dull entry

Mid-palate: banana citrusy wheat malt, tangy (lvl-6-sweetess), background light sour pukey, oat malt cream-fizzy

Finish: banana wheat malt exhale, dryish wheat malt light palate rough finish

Summary: Predominantly a wheat malty flavour profile with barley-buckwheat sweetness and some oaty texture. Texturally it’s satisfying, tastewise and depth could use a bit more punch. Quite drinkable, but wouldn’t give it a gold.

Lips of Faith Gruit – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)


Lips of Faith Gruit – New Belgium Brewing, 6.6% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

printed on the front-right:

“Experimentation doesn’t mean new. With our Gruit, it’s all about revisiting the ancient craft of bittering with herb mixtures. In here horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers get together with rich malts to create a bitter, dry, velvet-like sweetness worth revering.”

  • Style: (spiced ale) Traditional Ale
  • Taste: Fruity banana wheat malt off-dry red apple dry mild bitter.
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $14 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow with a med-large super foamy lasting head, very stick lacing, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: peach-apricot-apple fruity. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fruity, foamy feel

Mid-palate: off-dry (lvl-2)-sweetness, light tangy, (MAIN) red apple, banana wheat malt, subtle bitterness

Finish: light spicy, mild lemony dry finish.

Summary: Very fruity, low bitterness, easy-drinking. Can’t really distinguish advertised bittering agents, mostly wheat malt comes through.

Adam – Hair of the Dog (Portland, OR, USA)


Adam (Hearty Old World Ale) – Hair of the Dog, 10% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


“Adam is a recreation of a historic beer-style, originally made in Dortmund, Germany and was the first Beer ever released from this Brewery. He is made with Northwest hops, organic pilsner malt, and a variety of specialty grains. The beer is rich and smokey, with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Best served as a dessert beer. It is great with cigars, or just a warm fire and good company. ”

on the front left-side label:

“Adam is made with Northwest hops, Organic Pilsner malt and a variety of specialty grains. The flavors in this beer have been compared to chocolate, smoke, leather and figs. Brewed in loving memory of Adam Kerchival 11-30-60 | 01-26-05 Brewer and friend.”


  • Style: Traditional Ale (German)
  • Taste: Full-bodied rich malty caramel chocolate roasted coffee
  • Where I got it : Stearns Liquor (LA)
  • How much: $6 USD – 12 fl.oz., September 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s pretty good

Visual: Pours deep dark brown with a fantastic huge foam and lasting head, thick sticky lacing, some micro CO2 activity near the surface. Beautiful.

Nose: faint dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate, roastedness, and brown sugar. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: dense liquid malt sweetness

Mid-palate: thick-bodied, creamy-light fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, brown sugar/caramel malts, figs, leather

Finish: medium booziness, light roasted coffee, persistent malty sweetness, soft hopped bitterness, lingering sweet-bitter finish.

Summary: A robust, full-bodied ale with a very dark malty character. Well executed but no unique flavours particularly stood out.

La Gaillarde – Unibroue (Canada)


  • My Rating: C+

La Gaillarde – Unibroue, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

On the front label:

“La Gaillarde is a beer on lees, bottle refermented, resulting from the marriage of cereals and aromatics. It is brewed according to an ancient medieval recipe developed by the hardy women of the Middle Ages. Gaillarde is a mild and slightly spice golden ale with a malty nose.”

  • Style: (Traditional) Ale
  • Taste Profile: lemon citrus/dry/creamy -> coriander/orange/wheat -> dry/burpy/light malt finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12pack mixed, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange-amber, with a massive creamy head, good retention, some lacing, very active streams. Big citrus aromas up front with a slight sourness and mild barnyard.

Attack: tingly lemon citrus, 2/10-sweetness (dry), creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: coriander, lemon, orange, wheat/yeasty, light wheat malt

Finish: cuts dry, tangy, mild burpy, light malty non-bitter finish

Generally refreshing and a decent session/meal beer.