Archive for January, 2012

BEAVER BROWN ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Canoe Brewery Co.,  Victoria, B.C

  • Great head that holds up well.  Deep brown, giving the overall appearance of the poured beer similar to root-beer or coca-cola.
  • Lightly roasted coffee aroma hits the nose right away, with a subtle malty sweetness that balances the aroma well.
  • Very pleasant roasted oat and coffee notes on the palate that lingers,while at the same time not too overpowering, and a clean finish.  Only slightly bitter, overall a well-balanced beer.
  • Definitely worth looking into for someone interested in darker ales with these roasted flavours.
  • We were fortunate to have a friend of Calgary Beer Drinkers to bring us this offering. unfortunately it is only available at the Brewpub in Victoria, B.C.

VERDI IMPERIAL STOUT

Posted in Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Birrifico Del Ducato, Italy

  • 10% ABV
  • Brewed with chili peppers and aged for six months in oak whiskey casks.
  • Thick, luscious, tan coloured head floats upon a blinding black stout.
  • Strong black licorice aroma, heavy molasses and alcohol are also detected on the nose
  • initial tastes is a malty richness,then comes in a  slight chili pepper tingle on the tongue, but not spicy.
  • Flavour is round-up with a tangy sour red fruit finish.
  • Creamy and coating mouthfeel.
  • No extra bitterness in this beer, more of a sweet stout.
  • Although stouts are generally more enjoyable when poured on draft, this is an excellent bottles stout. Give it a try.
  • Available for sale at Willow Park in Calgary

SAMUEL ADAMS WINTER LAGER

Posted in Lager, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.

  • 5.5% ABV
  • Bubbly, foamy head that breaks up into islands of foam with some lacing on the edges of the glass.
  • Translucent dark copper colour
  • Slight burnt caramel aroma
  • Creamy mouthfeel, but does not coat the mouth
  • Balanced bitterness, with slight molasses richness that lingers in the mouth
  • Not an amazing beer, was expecting more from this beer. Overall it was rather boring.

BIANCA ITALIAN BLONDE ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews, Wheat Beers with tags , , , , on January 20, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Bruton Brewery, Italy

  • 5% ABV
  • Brewed with coriander, orange peel, spelt, wheat, barley, and hops.
  • Good soap suds-like head, that dissipates quickly, to a light froth around the edge of the glass.
  • Very hazy, cloudy pale straw coloured ale, with tonnes of flaky sediment.
  • Strong yeasty aroma with the addition of orange, lemon and stone fruit tones.
  • Very light and effervescent mouthfeel, with some orange and coriander flavour
  • Refreshing and cleansing feeling, with a sour-acid zing
  • In summary, this beer is delicious. Get some, drink some. Way to go Italy!

 

 

MacKROKEN FLOWER SCOTCH ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

La Bilboquet Microbrasserie, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec

  • 10.8% ABV
  • Brewed with Scottish thistle and wild flower honey.
  • Nice full, rich, thick, root beer float like head.
  • Tan coloured head on top of very dark brown beer with mahogany highlights.
  • Smokey caramel aroma, intense burnt caramel.
  • Strong alcohol presence in the aroma, honey is also there on the nose.
  • Rich caramel and honey also present on the palate, with a full and luscious mouthfeel.
  • This would make for a great after dinner beer with vanilla ice cream.
  • Available for a Zyn in Inglewood.

LA VACHE FOLLE IMPERIAL MILK STOUT

Posted in Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Microbrasserie Charlavoix, Baie St-Paul, Quebec

  • 9%ABV, 10 IBU’s
  • Beautiful tan coloured head, very thick, creamy and foamy. Holds up excellently, until the finish.
  • Black brew, just like coffee.
  • Very slight roasted aroma
  • The flavour is bold! Same peaty smokey flavour, you would associated with scotch. With an addition of sweet dried cherries.
  • Nice creamy smooth mouthfeel, likely attributed to the addition of lactose to this stout.
  • Again, another fantastic beer out of Quebec. Microbrasserie Charlavoix products are available at many fine beer merchants around the city.

ROYAL 100 ALE

Posted in Ales, Pale Ale, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Wild Rose Brewery, Calgary, Alberta

  • This ale was brewed as a celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mount Royal University, a close neighbour of the Wild Rose Brewery. Also this is our 100th beer we have reviewed since the start of our Calgary Beer Drinkers project. 100 different beers since August. Cheers to us! Cheers to MRU! Cheers to Wild Rose! Cheers to good quality craft beer!
  • 5% ABV
  • Light to almost a negligible head, small islands of foam.
  • Reddish brown, opaque beer
  • The aroma is sweet and malty, typical of an english ale.
  • There is a nice hoppy flavour. Not sure exactly what style Wild Rose was brewing here, but I would probably call this a pale ale. (I have been wrong before 😦 Anyone please correct me if I am)
  • Very well balanced and refreshing beer.
  • Love the 1 L sized bottle, perfect for sharing with a couple of friends.
  • This was a limited release beer, so it may not be available any longer. If you see it, pick a bottle up, definitely worth a try.