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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery, 7% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“A haunting golden lager with an inviting hint of blood orange. A warm golden lager with a splash of citrus and slight caress of fruity hop flavour and aroma. Premium European malts and hops result in a brew that’s light in colour but not in body with a perfectly balanced finish.”

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  • Style: (Blood Orange, Helles Bock) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: hoppy bitter pith/peel weedy rough malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: There’s the grim reaper on the label, setting the mood for October. Pours light whiskey brown without much head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, lots of clustered active streams.

Nose: faint orange oil, hints of malty sweetness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: subdued incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) blood orange bitter pith from the peel, sweet + tangy malts, weedy/dandelion

Finish: sharp bitter peel hoppy bitterness, rough finish.

Summary: Something in the mids just doesn’t sit well on the palate. The bitterness is like overly steeped lemon/lime peel. The pith bitterness + hops = gag reflex. Do not like. Doesn’t go well with a meal.

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  • My Rating: [C-], unrated on Ratebeer.com

Organic Ginger Beer – Nelson Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 355.mcl., (Nelson, BC, Canada)

Ingredients: Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Honey, Organic Ginger, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Hops, yeast.

  • Style: (Ginger, Lemongrass) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: *fishy* ginger lemongrass sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $11.50 – 6 x 355ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Comes in a 6pack aluminum cans; welcome to the all organic revolution. Pours clear golden orange with a very small micro bubbly head, thin ringed retention, almost no lacing, several clusters of moderate speed streams.

Nose: real ginger and lemongrass, mixed with light barley malt, almost fishy (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) ginger, lemongrass, sweet liquid barley malt,

Finish: very mild ginger burn, super soft bitter hops, thin barley malt lingering hopped finish.

Summary: It has the ginger as advertised but it’s not particularly impressive or memorable. In fact, 6 of these would be rather boring. A meal beer, at best.

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Piraat 9% – Van Steenberge, 9% ABV, 33cl., (Ertvelde, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Honeyed barley citrus malt alcoholic palate-heavy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50 – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent but not wicked

Visual: The 9% ABV (as opposed to 10.5%) little brother version. Pours almost clear marmalade orange with a large lasting super foamy head, thick lacing & retention, lots and lots of clustered streams.

Nose: sweet barley malt mixed with bright honeyed citrus, hints of florals. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: subdued alcohol + incoming honey sweetness

Mid-palate: weightiness, fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malts, honey, citrus

Finish: light alcoholic warmth + mild alcohol bitterness, subtle bitter hopped, lingering barley malty sweet finish.

Summary: Shockingly easy to drink at first but becomes palate-tiring halfway through. Full-bodied with medium complexity. Not too exciting but solid.

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Liefmans Fruitesse, 4.2% ABV, 250ml., (Oudenaarde, Belgium)

on the front left side label:

“Refreshing fruit beer, matured on cherries, flavoured with 15% fruits (cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry), sugar and sweetener. Contains barley malt.”

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  • Style: (strawberry, raspberry, cherry, elderberry, bilberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Strawberry + mixed field berries fine CO2 soda
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $10/4pack – 4 x 250ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, worth a try once

Visual: Pours cloudy purplish-red with barley any head, thin ringed retention, a few streams here and there.

Nose: Super fruit-forward blend of strawberries, raspberries, and cherry. Unreal. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: fruity sugars

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) strawberry, raspberry, elderberry, some cherry, hints of malt

Finish: hints of tartness, clean light fruity finish.

Summary: This pretty much drinks like a real-fruit soda with finer carbonation. Not much in terms of depth or length, but extremely refreshing and drinkable. A sure hit with the ladies.

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Royk Uten ild (Røyk Uten Ild), 8% ABV, 50cl., (Drammen, Norway)

- It’s been over 2 year since I’ve had a HaandBryggeriet beer; I’m quite looking forward to this one since all of my previous reviews of theirs have been consistently good. (Dark Force = B+, Odin’s Tipple = B, Akevitt Porter = A).

description on ratebeer.com:

“Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) is our smoky beer, here we have tried to make a beer as smoky as we can using our smoked malt from Weiermann. We have made a fairly dark and flavourful beer. Apart from the special malt the rest of the malt bill (86%) is smoked malt. You could also say that this is a smoked wheat beer, because we have used our wheat beer yeast here. The beer is not scary but actually very nice even for those that aren’t smoke beer fanatics….try it and you will see. Contains malted barley, Amarillo hops, wheat beer yeast, and lots of smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany. 8% alc, 33 ibu, 48 ebc. Serving temp 8 – 12C or 46 – 53F.”

  • Style: Smoked Beer
  • Taste: Cacao creamy sweet brown sugar malt lightly smoked
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor Store (W.Van)
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 50cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: A rather simplistic label compared to their regular lineup. Pours cloudy beer bottle brown with a smallish very long lasting micro foamy head, a small layer of retention, a bit of lacing, tons of varied speed active streams.

Nose: Charcoal smoke immediately jumps out, malt, a bit of brown sugar, molasses. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, silky smooth mouthfeel, creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar liquid malt, cola, molasses, woodiness, hints of anise, coffee

Finish: minor smokiness, cacao nib bitterness, subtle soft bitter hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Quite and engaging cacao sweet malty beer that grabs and holds your attention. Excellent balance and “silkiness” that keeps you sipping.

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Bise Noire – Trois Dames, 7.2% ABV, 33cl., (Sainte-Croix, Switzerland)

ratebeer’s definition of Foreign Stout:

“Foreign Stout began with the beer that would become Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This was a stronger, extra-hopped version of the basic Guinness Extra Stout, brewed to survive long journeys overseas. The classic FES still exists in a few different forms, but many of the original destination countries (Jamaica, Sri Lanka, etc.) now have their own, locally-produced versions. Foreign stout occupies a position between basic stout and imperial stout. It is sweeter than a basic stout, but not as robust as an imperial. It is less fruity and less hoppy as well. Foreign stouts are sometimes made with local grains and adjuncts – sugar is not uncommon. Alcohol ranges from 6-8%.”

  • Style: Foreign Stout
  • Taste: Light roasted bitter malt citrus sour/acidic
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 33cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a slight purple hue, small & lasting very creamy head, a bit of lacing, a decent layer of retention, lots and lots of active streams.

Nose: light roasted brown sugar malts, hints of chocolate and coffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming acidity

Mid-palate: unexpected sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, light roasted bitter malts, lemon-grapefruit citrus acidic-sourness

Finish: soft bitter hops mixed with lingering malty bittersweet sourness.

Summary: Decent flavour but I just can’t fall in love with such a sour stout.

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Lime Kolsch (Kölsch) (ale brewed with lime zest, kaffir lime leaves, & lemongrass) – Burnside Brewing, 5.4% ABV, 18 IBUs – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front left-side label:

“Lime Kölsch is a German style beer made with Pilsener malt and Tettnanger hops. With our Burnside twist, we add the zest of 200 limes and then infuse with the essence of kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass. The result is a crisp, dry, and pleasurable summer ale with hints of exotic flavours from the East.”

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  • Style: (lime zest, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass + Kölsch) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Tangy light-sour lime leaf + zest lemongrass barley malt
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a small head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, clusters of very active streams, no lacing.

Nose: mellow kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, overall bright citrus. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sourness

Mid-palate: very tangy, light-med sourness, fizzy-tingly, (MAIN) kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, barley malt, *hints* of lemongrass.

Finish: lingering acidity, bitter lime peel, subtle bitter hopped barley malt finish.

Summary: Discernable bright flavours just as advertised with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Nevertheless, kudos to Burnside for creating a uniquely tasting yet very drinkable brew. It drinks like a better tasting Corona & Lime.

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