Archive for September, 2014

Vedett Extra White

Posted: September 30, 2014 by Kenny in Imported
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vedettThis is the wit portion of my Black and Wit night (Dark & Handsome went over well, time to move on).

This tiny green bottle was featured in the LCBO magazine at the beginning of the summer, but it took until September to show up! September is not summer. It is only available in a 6-pack, but as you know, I’m that guy, so I grabbed one bottle from the pack in the back.

When I grabbed it out of the fridge, the back of the label was facing me. That was the first time I saw the strange lady on the bottle. Interesting way to sell beer. The non-scary-lady side said it was extra white, and looking at it through the green bottle, they weren’t lying. It looked like watered down milk. When I poured it out, it was an electric cloudy yellow. Hold it up to the light and the entire room gets lighter. It was crazy.

It smelled like a traditional wit bier; bready with a little orange and spice. It tasted pretty good too, very Hoegaardeny but spicier.

I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it’s worth a 6-pack.

Country of Origin:  Belgium
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

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Box Steam Dark & Handsome

Posted: September 29, 2014 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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dark-handsomeI looked in the fridge one night and I saw this black beer sitting beside a white beer and thought to myself, “Self”, I said, “wouldn’t that be a fun night; a black and white beer night”. And so I did it.

The wife grabbed this beer on one of her recent trips to replenish her Palm Bay stock. She saw the label and remembered that I liked another beer of theirs (Funnel Blower). I poured it out, grabbed my dinner and went to sit down in the living room. I sat my beer down beside the wife’s Pepsi, and you couldn’t tell which was which (except for the ice cubes in hers). That’s how dark it poured out. It smelled like a rich, malty porter. On the trail end, there was a little bit of licorice which, I have recently discovered, I don’t mind in beer. Sambucca is still a no-go however.

It tasted fantastic with rich, smooth dark malt flavours. It wasn’t heavy at all. There was a little licorice on the booty, but that dissipated into a nice fruitiness that I couldn’t describe.

I loved it so much, that I immediately checked the LCBO for where I could find more and, sadly, they were out of stock. Box Steam, can you ship me some?

Country of Origin:  England
Alcohol Content: 5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

Boxing Rock Sessionista

Posted: September 29, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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oie_QJvgGzHxieFAI have noticed a trend lately. When I have multiple beers from the same brewer, I choose one that sounds like it’s going to be the best and I save it for last. I did it with Smutty Nose and I did it with Great Lakes (US). In the last few months, I have had horrible luck actually choosing the one that IS the best. My choice for best Boxing Rock falls into that category. I’ll explain.

It’s called Sessionista. It’s a session beer. With all the session beers I’ve had this year, they have ALL been IPAs or at least pale ales. The label on this said it was a “bold session ale”, THAT is what piqued my interest. Bold as in super hoppy, I’m all in. If it follows the same style as Detour or  All Day IPA or Stay Classy or Brakeman’s, this is going to be awesome.

I opened it up and poured it out. It was dark brown. What the what? IPAs aren’t brown! It smelled malty and sweet, not bitter and hoppy. Did they put the wrong label on this beer? What’s the deal here? I decided to just go for it and hope for the best. It tasted like a weak ESB. Now I’m very confused. I decided to check in and see what they classified it as. Session ESB? What the hell is that? My experience with ESBs is that they are pretty much all light on the alcohol side, why do we need to make it lighter?

The beer itself was generic. It was a little malty and had a sweet, dry booty.

I was so depressed that I don’t even remember finishing it. I just wanted it to go away.

Damn…

Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  3.5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar IIPA

Posted: September 25, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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nebuchadnezzerThis beer was sitting in the fridge for a while, only because I didn’t know anything about it. When the wife brought it home, I had a look at it, saw that it was from Sweden and that it was high in alcohol. That’s all I could remember when I looked at it all the time. It wasn’t until I forced myself to FIFO that I realized, it was only an 8.5% IPA. I can do that, that’s not scary. That, and I saw a few other people on Untappd drink it and like it.

It poured out a nice IPA dark gold and smelled like grapefruits and other cirtusy things. It tasted (in order) strong, hoppy, bitter, sweet and amazing. Cold, it was quite fruity, but warmed up, it was bitter. It was very complex when you think about it, but super simple.

I really enjoyed it. Too bad it came in such a small bottle. The wife hasn’t seen it since.

And now, the requisite Swedish Bikini Team photo.

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Country of Origin:  Sweden
Alcohol Content:  8.5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle