Archive for November, 2011


Posted in Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Bilboquet Micro-Brass., St-Hyacinthe, PQ

La Corriveau is a very popular murderous tale in French Canadian folklore. Marie Corriveau is said to have violently killed up to 7 of her husbands, accused of being a witch, and sentenced to hang at the top of the gallows in an iron cage. This oatmeal stout promises to be at least as dark as the soul of Madame Corriveau. For more on the folklore of La Corriveau read this.

  • 5.5% ABV
  • Pours a deep, dark, black colour, “darker’n a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night” -the dude. Black, like a cowboy takes his coffee.
  • Big, voluptuous, tan coloured head. That’s not going anywhere soon.
  • There is a big earthy, chocolate and espresso aromas.
  • Smoky cigar flavour, also huge amounts of black coffee and a touch of date sweetness. Roasted oats also comes through strong on the aftertaste.
  • Creamy mouthfeel, that totally coats the entire mouth.
  • This is a really great stout! Not overly strong on the alcohol content, not overly bitter. Nicely balanced. Tastes great and easy to drink. Doesn’t make you feel super full.
  • I would drink this again and again. This is our first beer from Bilboquet, and after trying it, we are very excited to try their other offerings. Pick up this stout at Zyn.


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, Tadcaster, England

  • 5.1%ABV
  • This beer is completely hand made at the All Saints brewery in Stamford, England,  using ancient, manually operated equipment.
  • Absolutely no head to speak of .
  • Bright orange clear liquid with very consistent bubbles.
  • Overwhelming strawberry aroma permeates from this beer, could smell it across the room still in bottle!  We likened it to Smuckers jam, or strawberry Lip Smackers.
  • The taste is quite strong as well, tasting more like a cooler than a beer.
  •  The constant bubbles gave it the feel as such, something of a dessert drink.
  • Can be picked up at most liquor stores with a decent beer selection, Samuel Smiths is quite popular.


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Philips Brewing Company, Victoria, British Colombia

  • 5.0% ABV
  • Another pumpkin spiced beer, this time from B.C.
  • Pours a fairly consistent head, with a bright orange colour similar to that of pumpkin.
  • Taste is very sweet and there is a bit of the spices coming through on the palate especially nutmeg.
  • Wonderful mouthfeel as it coats the whole mouth and lingers.
  • Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers we have tried this year, worth picking up at Willow Park or ZYN.


Posted in Pilsner, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Huyghe Brewery, Melle, Belgium

  • 5% ABV
  • Gluten free, organic, fair trade beer. First fair trade beer in the world. Mongozo uses ingredients which have been purchased from farmers in developing countries at a fair price. This ensures that the farmers and their families are able to take control of their businesses and work towards a better future. That’s all good and all, but how does it taste?
  • Ingredients: water,malt, rice, yeast, hops.
  • Pours to a transparent, yellow urine/apple juice colour with a medium level of carbonation and a week skinny head.
  • It smells of dry, uncooked, dusty rice, with a slight tinny note.
  • The flavour is also powdery tasting, uncooked rice. It also has a powdery, dry mouthfeel.
  • It’s not terrible. Not something I would drink. But a reasonable substitute for people on a gluten-free diet.


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

McAuslan Brewery, Montreal, Quebec

  • Good three fingers worth of rose-coloured head, on top of a natural looking reddish-brown brew.
  • Has a very nice tart raspberry aroma, like fresh juiced berries.
  • The flavour is without a question raspberry, but it is not as sweet as expected.
  • It’s very well-balanced, not too sweet and not bitter. Very enjoyable beer, would be great in the summer ( this is McAuslan’s summer seasonal release, so it may be difficult to find until next year)
  • It’s very crisp and refreshing, with a nice amount of carbonation dancing off the tip of the tongue.
  • I would recommend this to someone who is new to beer drinking.



Posted in Ales, Amber Ale, Reviews with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, California

  • 6.75% ABV
  • Transparent dark copper colour, with intense bubbles, but very skinny head
  • Rich chocolaty malt aroma, with a touch of molasses
  • Very well-balanced and easy to drink. Even though it is a slightly darker beer it is very ‘gulpable’
  • This is not a super flavourful beer, there are notes of honey.
  • although it is easy to drink and very smooth, it is not necessarily uber refreshing.
  • The finish is sudden, it does not last on the palate.
  • Overall this beer is easy to drink, and a bit more interesting than your everyday big name amber ale.


    Posted in India Pale Ale, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

    Half Pints Brewing Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

    • 8.0%ABV  100IBU!
    • This beer out of Winnipeg has the highest bitter rating we’ve come across.  Bitterness is measured in International Bittering Units(IBU)
    • Head is very hearty, especially if poured incorrectly, so be careful or you’ll be digging some out.
    • Deep amber, orange colour.
    • Very nice on the nose, hints of orange and other citrus, pleasant hoppiness.
    • Wonderful creaminess on the palate, completely coats creating a wonderful mouthfeel.
    •  Hint of citrus and chocolate sweetness, finishing with a bitter greens taste, frizee or dandelion.
    • This beer was wonderfully balanced, especially concerning the high level of bitterness.
    • Half Pints are available at Zyn and Coop Liquor Stores.