Archive for November, 2012

Boréale Blanche

Posted: November 27, 2012 by Kenny in Craft
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Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 4.2%
Sequence: First
Finished: Barely
Vessel: Bottle

So here it is, the last review of the taster pack from Boréale. And it’s not a good one.

I saved their blanche for last because I love wheat beers, especially ones on lees (yeast still in it). This beer claimed to be made that way, recommending that you “gently tip the bottle upside down before drinking”. So I did, and you know what I saw on the bottom of the bottle? Nothing. Do that with a Hoegaarden and you see sediment, same with Blanche de Chambly, and (FFS) Rickard’s White! This beer, nothing. It was not a good sign.

Smell test: Interesting. It kind of smelled like wheat beer, I guess.
Taste test: Dear lord, what the hell was that? You call that beer? All I could taste was ginger, as if they rubbed it all over the cap before putting it on. I’ve never had ginger beer before but I’m sure it will taste better than this shit!


Wellington Russian Imperial Stout

Posted: November 27, 2012 by Kenny in Craft
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Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 8%
Sequence: First
Finished: Yes
Vessel: Can

I “enjoyed” this one on a Saturday night while my wife and kids watched Sofia the First on Disney Junior and I was re-jailbreaking my Apple TV (fun stuff people!).

I opened it, and when I did, a little spilled out onto the rim. That stuff was black! Almost the colour of Pepsi. It had a great smell to it, almost chocolate like. It had a strong taste, like a stout would, but that went away and were replaced with hints of chocolate and coffee?? Maybe?? And then it all went away, zero Beer Booty (patent pending).

It was a good choice, and I’d drink it again.

Leffe Brune

Posted: November 23, 2012 by Kenny in Imported
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Country of Origin: Belgium
Alcohol Content: 6.5%
Sequence: Second
Finished: Yes
Vessel: Bottle

Jackie saw this at the LCBO and grabbed it for me (she rocks!). This is the darker cousin to Leffe Blonde which is awesome. Since it’s a dark beer, I expected lots of maltiness (is that even a word?) and there was some, but it was soon overpowered by the wheatiness (I did it again).

Overall, it was a great beer. Not as good as Blonde, but then again, is there anything better than a blonde?


Neustadt 10W30 Brown Ale

Posted: November 20, 2012 by Kenny in Craft
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Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content:  5.2%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of can

Mark brought over some beers that we could try one night… except he is not as diligent as his wife in reading THE Beer List. Of the four he brought, 1 wasn’t on there. But nonetheless, we drank them all and were merry.

With a name like 10W30, you would expect it to be thick and dark. Poured it out, it was dark. It smelled dark. And at first, it tasted dark. Then that taste went away. For a 5.2% darkish beer, it didn’t have a strong beer booty(tm). Mark didn’t like it. He wanted that leftover malty taste. I kind of liked it. I liked the flavour of the dark but without the residual malt.

Very fine ale.