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DIRTY SQUIRREL HAZELNUT BROWN

Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C.

  • 5.2% ABV
  • Brewed with real hazelnuts and hazelnut flavour.
  • Floating islands of foam
  • Dark mahogany, not quite black coloured
  • Chared, burnt aroma
  • Flavours are of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee, with a strong hazelnut flavour.
  • Crisp and smooth, light mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Good Balance.
  • A burnt flavour lingers on the tongue.
  • Available at Zyn and Willow Park
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LITTLE SUMPIN’ WILD ALE

Posted in Reviews, Wild Ale with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, California

  • 9.5% ABV, 72 IBU’s
  • Super heavy, shaving cream like head, with extreme staying power!
  • Translucent cooper colour, with a medium bubble.
  • Floral hop fragrance and some pine needles, with a hint of juicy lemon zest.
  • Refreshing beverage with a slight lingering bitterness and warming feeling.
  • Tastes like a yeasty IPA
  • This brew is available at Zyn.

SAMUEL SMITH’S WINTER WELCOME ALE

Posted in Ales, Christmas/Winter, Reviews with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Samuel Smith Old Brewery,  Tadcaster, England

  • 6.0%ABV
  • Frothy head like whipped egg whites.  Very clear rusty orange colour.
  • The aroma is weak, incredibly faint and only slightly fruity, when left to come to temperature the aroma falls off entirely.
  • The taste isn’t that much better, unpleasantly and unnaturally sweet with a chemical taste and overall mouthfeel falls very flat.
  • An unfortunately disappointing winter time selection from Samuel Smith, if you are interested Co-op, Zyn and Kensington carry it.

DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Brewery Vehaeghe  Vichte, Belgium

  • 6.2%  Flanders style red ale.
  • Very carbonated, head pours strong but vanishes quickly leaving distinct frothy layer.
  • Rich deep ruby red colour.
  • Malty aroma, quite sweet, though not overwhelming.
  • Well balanced sweet and sour, with a slight bitterness, strong flavour of apple.
  • An interesting beer similar to lambics in style though sweeter.  Pick it up at Co-op liquor, Willow Park or Zyn.

HUMMING ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , on November 7, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, California 

  • 5.9%ABV
  • Head starts off very frothy but relinquishes quickly, holds up on the side of the glass creating a bubbly lattice.
  • Beautiful gold orange colour that is slightly opaque.
  • Light aroma, very crisp and mellow, with only a slight hint of citrus.
  • This is a wonderfully refreshing beer, hearty on the taste and really coats the mouth.
  • Slight taste of apple and the citrus comes through, also very pleasant hoppy bitterness, very much like a lighter IPA.
  • Anchor Steam has quite a catalog of beers, and each one I’ve tried I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.This one is no exception.  So far I’ve only seen it at Willow Park Wine and Spirits.

McCHOUFFE BIERE FORTE D’ARDENNE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , on November 7, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Brasserie D’Achouffe, Belgium

  • 8%ABV
  • The slightly brownish head on this beer doesn’t stick around too long, but it does leave a strong ring around the glass, a halo.
  • Dark ruby red almost brown mahogany coloured, slightly transparent but hard to tell.
  • Aroma is very pleasant, chocolate with a hint of mint.  It dies down though, was expecting something stronger and more robust from this darker beer.  Very mellow but pleasing on the nose, similar to a light red wine.
  • The taste is also very mellow, very well balanced in the mouth, texturally and taste.  Sweet at the start with a lightly spiced bitterness that peaks and levels out.
  • This beer was a very nice surprise, can be enjoyed any time, especially as a dinner beer or after dinner.  Can be picked up at most liquor  stores with a good beer selection.  CO-OP, Willow Park, Zyn are a few really nice ones.

RED SEAL ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, California

  • 5.5% ABV
  • This ale pours to a light burnt sienna colour, with a weak, wispy head.
  • The aroma is of caramel, orange and a touch of floral hoppiness.
  • Orange and caramel also come out in the flavour……orange zest more so than the sweet orange juice flavour.
  • This beer has a very even balance with a sweet start and a bitter finish.
  • We belive this would be a very pleasant dinner beer, pairing with a variety of dishes.
  • Good quality product, would drink this again and again.