A journey into the exploration of delicious fermented beverages. Beer, wine, spirits, and occasionally the food that it accompanies.

 

Look what came in the mail today. 6 bottles of Westvleteren 12. The worlds number 1 rated beer. Special occasions only. #westvleteren #beer (Taken with Instagram)

Look what came in the mail today. 6 bottles of Westvleteren 12. The worlds number 1 rated beer. Special occasions only. #westvleteren #beer (Taken with Instagram)

Such a shame that we can’t get Stone Brewing beer in Canada. #Californialove (Taken with instagram)

Such a shame that we can’t get Stone Brewing beer in Canada. #Californialove (Taken with instagram)

Break from beer tonight.

Break from beer tonight.

 Philips Brewing Ginger Beer

I have had this in my fridge for quite some time now. I think I have been waiting for the right food (The bottle says Sushi) to try it with, but I wanted to try it before it goes bad. 

Pours a coppery golden colour with lots of floaty sediment. The smell is definitely ginger (imagine that!) as far as taste goes… Meh. It doesn’t taste like a typical ginger beer, as there is no sweetness. It is like raw ginger has been added (I suspect that is what the floaties are). It has a strong ginger bite, but I just don’t like it much. 
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Philips Brewing Ginger Beer

I have had this in my fridge for quite some time now. I think I have been waiting for the right food (The bottle says Sushi) to try it with, but I wanted to try it before it goes bad.

Pours a coppery golden colour with lots of floaty sediment. The smell is definitely ginger (imagine that!) as far as taste goes… Meh. It doesn’t taste like a typical ginger beer, as there is no sweetness. It is like raw ginger has been added (I suspect that is what the floaties are). It has a strong ginger bite, but I just don’t like it much.
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Unibroue Blonde de Chambly
Second tasting from my Unibroue mixed pack. This beer is a Saison, and I poured it into my tulip. I was expecting a bit more head, but it disappeared almost instantly. It poured a very golden blonde colour. It smells of Belgian yeast, wheat, apricots and banana. Nice.
Tastes a lot like it smells, with the apricot flavour tasting a bit more sour. It isn’t as dry as the Dupont Saison that I tried recently, but I would almost describe the mouthfeel like a drier, funkier/sour witbier. Not bad. I would drink it again, but I won’t go out of my way to find it.
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Unibroue Blonde de Chambly

Second tasting from my Unibroue mixed pack. This beer is a Saison, and I poured it into my tulip. I was expecting a bit more head, but it disappeared almost instantly. It poured a very golden blonde colour. It smells of Belgian yeast, wheat, apricots and banana. Nice.

Tastes a lot like it smells, with the apricot flavour tasting a bit more sour. It isn’t as dry as the Dupont Saison that I tried recently, but I would almost describe the mouthfeel like a drier, funkier/sour witbier. Not bad. I would drink it again, but I won’t go out of my way to find it.

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I have to stop slacking…

Well… With starting a new job this week, I have really been neglecting my tumblr. The good news is that I have a bunch of posts coming up from the past few weeks.

Beer me.

Half Pints Little Scrapper IPA.
Half Pints is a Winnipeg Brewery that I am going to try more from. This is a Canadian (some would say American style) IPA. 50 IBU and 6% ABV.
I have been craving this stuff ever since I enjoyed at at our friend’s house at a dinner party. I am picking some up when I get home from my work trip later this week. Some beer geeks identify as “hop-heads”, and some people lean to malty beers or stouts. I tend to like a little bit of everything depending on the mood. I like hoppiness and some definite bitterness… but I prefer a complete overall balanced beer.
This stuff is highly balanced and is without a doubt my favorite IPA to date. I drank it out of the bottle, so I cannot comment too much on appearance, but I could still smell the beautiful aroma of grapefruit from the hops. It has an awesome toasty, earthy, cereal maltiness balanced with grapefruit citrus-like hops. At 50 IBU, the hops are definitely present and it finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. I want more. I will post a better picture once I pick some up.
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Half Pints Little Scrapper IPA.

Half Pints is a Winnipeg Brewery that I am going to try more from. This is a Canadian (some would say American style) IPA. 50 IBU and 6% ABV.

I have been craving this stuff ever since I enjoyed at at our friend’s house at a dinner party. I am picking some up when I get home from my work trip later this week. Some beer geeks identify as “hop-heads”, and some people lean to malty beers or stouts. I tend to like a little bit of everything depending on the mood. I like hoppiness and some definite bitterness… but I prefer a complete overall balanced beer.

This stuff is highly balanced and is without a doubt my favorite IPA to date. I drank it out of the bottle, so I cannot comment too much on appearance, but I could still smell the beautiful aroma of grapefruit from the hops. It has an awesome toasty, earthy, cereal maltiness balanced with grapefruit citrus-like hops. At 50 IBU, the hops are definitely present and it finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. I want more. I will post a better picture once I pick some up.

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This is the first tasting from the Unibroue sampler pack that my Dad picked up for me as part of my Christmas gift. (He also got me a Saison Dupont, Dieu de Ciel Peche Mortel, Ayinger Brau Weiss, and Unibroue La Fin du Monde. What a great Christmas gift!!)
Unibroue Eau Benite.
I have never had a Unibroue that I didn’t like. This guy is a Belgian Tripel at 7.7% ABV. Very cool label as usual. Poured in to my tulip with a typical Tripel golden colour and a large puffy head. It has a nice peppery fruity smell. Smells a little less bold than La Fin du Monde. Tastes sort of like a spicier, slightly less alcoholic and less creamy version of La Fin du Monde. Tastes of mangos and spices. Might have a tiny bit of witbier spicing going on. This is really nice. It is a shame I can only get it in a sampler pack.
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This is the first tasting from the Unibroue sampler pack that my Dad picked up for me as part of my Christmas gift. (He also got me a Saison Dupont, Dieu de Ciel Peche Mortel, Ayinger Brau Weiss, and Unibroue La Fin du Monde. What a great Christmas gift!!)

Unibroue Eau Benite.

I have never had a Unibroue that I didn’t like. This guy is a Belgian Tripel at 7.7% ABV. Very cool label as usual. Poured in to my tulip with a typical Tripel golden colour and a large puffy head. It has a nice peppery fruity smell. Smells a little less bold than La Fin du Monde. Tastes sort of like a spicier, slightly less alcoholic and less creamy version of La Fin du Monde. Tastes of mangos and spices. Might have a tiny bit of witbier spicing going on. This is really nice. It is a shame I can only get it in a sampler pack.

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Phillips Brewing Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA.

Well… I like Belgian Tripels, and I can appreciate a good IPA, so this should be interesting. Poured into a tulip and enjoyed on taco night. :)

Nice golden color. Smells of Belgian yeast, piney hops, citrus and pineapple. Taste starts out with the familiar Belgian yeastiness and slight citrusy/pineapple sweetness and is followed by a kick in the teeth of hops. Massively hoppy. I guess that is to be expected with the plane on the very cool label dropping hop-bombs. I like the taste, but it might be a little unbalanced for my liking. I can see how this would appeal to some hop-heads, but I like a little bit more maltiness with my hops.

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Good start to Christmas dinner aside from the beer!

Good start to Christmas dinner aside from the beer!

Ayinger Bräu-Weisse
Authentic German Hefeweizen. You might know this already, but I love wheat beers. German… Belgian… French… it doesn’t really matter. I enjoyed this guy with a personal pizza: )
Poured into a pint glass, as my new Weizen glass wasn’t clean. Pours a golden straw color with a nice fluffy head. Smell is awesome. Yeasty as expected with the pronounced clove scent of the style. Taste is absolutely outstanding. Zesty yet creamy flavour of bananas, bread and cloves with a little bit of lemon maybe. Great carbonation. Totally balanced and smooth with just enough bitterness.
By far and away my favorite Hefe so far. Far better in my opinion than the Hacker-Pschorr or Konig-Ludwig, and better than the Paulaner. Haven’t tried a Weihenstephaner, so it will be interesting to compare.
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Ayinger Bräu-Weisse

Authentic German Hefeweizen. You might know this already, but I love wheat beers. German… Belgian… French… it doesn’t really matter. I enjoyed this guy with a personal pizza: )

Poured into a pint glass, as my new Weizen glass wasn’t clean. Pours a golden straw color with a nice fluffy head. Smell is awesome. Yeasty as expected with the pronounced clove scent of the style. Taste is absolutely outstanding. Zesty yet creamy flavour of bananas, bread and cloves with a little bit of lemon maybe. Great carbonation. Totally balanced and smooth with just enough bitterness.

By far and away my favorite Hefe so far. Far better in my opinion than the Hacker-Pschorr or Konig-Ludwig, and better than the Paulaner. Haven’t tried a Weihenstephaner, so it will be interesting to compare.

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The 1973 Crown Royal with my treasured Witte.

The 1973 Crown Royal with my treasured Witte.

And now for something a little bit different…

I wouldn’t consider myself a “Crown” drinker, but I certainly don’t mind the stuff. That being said, check out this cool discovery.

My Dad pulled these out of hiding when the Wife and I went over to my Parent’s house for dinner last weekend. Two bottles of Vintage Crown Royal. One from 1968, that he decided to crack and serve to my Grandfather. Another unopened and still in the box from 1973. These were passed down from my late Grandfather on my Dad’s side.

I didn’t partake, as my Dad was awesome and bought me a bottle of my favorite witbier. Again… It is Ommegang Witte. Love that stuff.