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Different beers I've tried, my thoughts and impressions of them.

Friday, November 14, 2003

La Bolduc
5% - Special Pilsner ''Old Style Beer'' - Unibroue Breweries

Aroma: Honey, Hoppy

Colour: Straw

Flavour: A pretty obvious hoppy taste, followed by a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: A little fizzy, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: One of the few Unibroue beers that can be had straight from the bottle and the fact that they come in stubbies only adds to its goodness. 7/10

Unibroue website

Red Hook ESP
Amber Ale - Red Hook Breweries

Aroma: A nice, noticably smoky smell. I like smokey beers.

Colour: Golden Honey

Flavour: Sweet malty taste, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Absolutely, totally flat, however, this moght have been due to the fact that it flew from Colorado to get to Canada.

Overall Impression: This was one of the beers my friend's parents brought up from Colorado. It flew from Colorado, to Atlanta to Ottawa, so this might explain the flat mouthfeel. Come to think of it, very few of the Colorado beers had much carbonation. The fact that these beers come from the USA also means that they don't indicate the alcoholic content. In all, I give this one a 5/10.

Red Hook Breweries

Bristol's Mass Transit Ale
Amber Style Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

Aroma: Nice nutty and slightly fruity aroma

Colour: Amber

Flavour: Earthy, nutty taste with a dry aftertaste. Weirdly out of synch with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: I forget

Overall Impression: 6/10. This was a good beer and the label was awesome. The next beer is also from the same brewery. From their labels, I can tell that these people have a pretty good sense of humour.

Bristol Brewing Company

Laughing Lab
Scottish Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

Aroma: Malty - sweet aroma with a hint of smokeyness.

Colour: Golden Brown

Flavour: Smokey taste

Mouthfeel: slight cripspiness

Overall Impression: One of the high points of the evening. 7/10

Bristol Brewing Company

Avalanche Ale
Amber Style - Brereckenridge Brewery

Aroma: A burnt, malty smell

Colour: Amber

Flavour: Dry creamy taste with slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: the creamy taste feels like the beer is coating my mouth.

Overall Impression: 5/10. Not bad, not excellent.

Breckenridge Brewery

Fat Tire Amber Ale
Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing Company Inc.

Aroma: I found it had a cigar-like smell that no one else was able to pick up.

Colour: Light Amber

Flavour: Slight sweet taste

Mouthfeel: don't remember

Overall Impression: 7/10. This one was good.

New Belgium Brewing Company

Tommyknocker
Maple Nut Brown Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub

Aroma: Smokey smell.

Colour: Mahoganny

Flavour: Sweet beginning (probably the maple) with a sweet ending (probably still the maple)

Mouthfeel: beats me

Overall Impression: Some people didn't like this one, but I did. As a matter of fact, I lied it enough to give it a 7/10 on the Lovable Atheist beer drinkability scale.

Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub

KLB Nut Brown
Nut Brown - Kawartha Lakes Brewery - 5.1%

Aroma: smokey - malty aroma

Colour: Dark Mahoganny

Flavour: Molasses taste

Mouthfeel: who knows (after all these beers, you tend to stop noticing)

Overall Impression: Good stuff...very good stuff. 7.7/10

KLB (seems to be under construction)


Monday, August 25, 2003

Warsteiner Premium Verum
4.8% - Pilsner style beer

Aroma: I found this beer had a weak aroma, but my friends disagreed with me. Either way, it definitely had a sour-malty aroma.

Colour: Somewhere between pale and golden

Flavour: At first, my mouth was greeted by a sweet taste, quicjly replaced by a hoppy after taste. After the first sip the sweetness pretty much disappeared, but the bitter taste of hops remained.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, thinner than thicker, but pleasant.

Overall Impression: I'd give it a 5/10 on the Lovable Atheist Virtual Pub Scale. A good, light summer beer that I will definitely have again.

Warsetiner Website

St-Ambroise
5% - Pale Ale - Mcauslan Breweries

Aroma: A ripe fruit smell, which led me to believe it would be sweet in taste, but as you see, I was wrong.

Colour: The website says it has a amber colour and indeed it does.

Flavour: It's sweet aroma was misleading as this beer's taste is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too thick. Just perfect. It did have a thick head though.

Overall Impression: 6/10. I originally gave this one 4/10, but I've had this beer plenty of times before and always enjoy it, so I figured I would use that previous experience to bump this beer up a little. It's definitely a pleasant beer, one that I could sit down and enjoy without having to get used to the taste.

St-Ambroise Website

Ephemere Peche
5.5% - Ale with fruit - Unibroue Breweries

Aroma: I think it's safe to say that the very first thing that one will notice about this beer is it's fruity aroma. Whether you're having the apple flavoured one or the peach (this one), it's aroma sticks out. Peach smell is what I got from this beer.

Colour: It had amurky, straw-like colour a little bit darker than golden.

Flavour: Peachy, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Dry, moderately light mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: 6/10. A good beer from a good brewery. Ephemere comes in 4 different flavours and is only available during the summer. According to some of the folks at the Ottawa Beer Festival, Unibroue might not realease this beer with the same flavours next year, so if you'd like to try it, go out and get some while you still can. They are available in 8-packs to let you get 2 bottles of each kind.

Unibroue website (Only has info on apple flavour)

Chimay Cinq Cents (white) or Chimay Triple
8% - Strong Ale - Brewed by Trappiste monks

Aroma: I found this beer's aroma hard to describe. The only word I could come up with was ''hollow'', but I know this description leaves much to the imagination. I guess you'll just have to try it yourselves.

Colour: One of my friends described it's colour as buckwheat/honey dark. Slightly lighter than amber.

Flavour: More bitter than it was sweet. It had that taste that is present in every Chimay beer.

Mouthfeel: I generally find Chimay beers a lot thicker than others and this one isn't any different.

Overall Impression: 7/10. I've enjoyed Chimay beers since they were introduced to me by a friend a coupld of months ago. This was the first time I tried Chimay White (as opposed to Chimay Red and Blue) and it still failed to disappoint me. Chimay makes delicious strong, sipping beers. Not something you.'d want to chug down. Not only because of it's high alcoholic content, but also because it's taste is meant to be savoured.

Chimay website

McChouffe
8.5% -

Aroma: Spicy, moderately sweet smell.

Colour: Dark amber colour, almost brown.

Flavour: Like the aroma, this beer had a sweet-spicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, though not as thick as the Chimay White.

Overall Impression: I had had a couple of beers before this one, so judging it was alittle tough. Overall, I guess it receives a 6/10. Cheers to McChouffe.

Achouffe website (offline as I write this)

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