December 17, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 17

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Here’s today’s beer – a session ale! This one started out dramatically – a fairly significant gusher. Once I managed to get it poured, the head creation and retention was good. The nose is sweet and malty, with a little hop character. The hop character is there in the flavour as well. There’s a bit […]

December 17, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 14

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Finally getting to this one! Because of a mix up on my part, along with some snow-related delays, I’m only just getting to this one now. It’s a spiced Christmas ale, and I’ve only ever had one before, so this should be interesting The nose is nicely chocolatey. The first mouthful has a lot going […]

December 16, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 16

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Ok, so thanks to a bungle on my part, and having to spend a couple hours out clearing the snow late last night, I’m behind on this by a couple of days. I’ll catch up, but in the mean time, here’s my review of Day 16. It’s an amber ale, something I don’t drink much […]

December 13, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 13

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The brewer for Day 13 was, unfortunately, unable to get his submission bottled in time for the calendar. I gather he’s run in to some challenges, so I hope all is well and the situation improves for him soon. Instead of his homebrewed Goze, he treated us all to something from his cellar – last […]

December 12, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 12

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Now, I’m catching up. I’m very excited to try this one, a Berliner Weiss brewed by a good friend of mine. I’ve got a soft spot for sour and tart beers, so here we go. (Pics will be posted later) The nose is definitely strong with the tartness, pretty much to the exclusion of anything […]

December 12, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 11

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Sorry that this post is a day late – had a nasty stomach bug. On the plus side, today will be a double-header! Starting with Day 11, a blonde ale. (Pics will be posted later) The nose is quite sweet, and the malt is nicely blatant on the first couple of sips. The brewer mentioned […]

December 10, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 10

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Today’s beer is a porter, with rum-soaked cocoa nibs. Needless to say, I’m excited to give this a try! (Pics will be added later) The nose comes off very similar to my stout, although with less coffee-ish roasty scent. The cocoa definitely comes through across the palate all the way to the end, as do […]

December 9, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 9

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Today’s beer is “Getting Bitter APA.” The brewer won this year’s homebrew competition here in town, and this brew is a version of his award-winning recipe. (Photos will be added later) The nose has a nice, but not overpowering, hit of grapefruit and a bit of pine. The first couple of sips are more piney […]

December 8, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 8

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Today’s the day – my beer is up! I’ve been very excited for this day, and a little nervous too, since I’ve never really had a lot of other brewers drinking my beer. I brewed a clone of Founders’ Breakfast Stout, which I decided to call Triple Buzz (there’s coffee, chocolate, and of course alcohol). […]

December 7, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 7

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Today’s offering is a Dunkelweizen. According to the brewer, there was a grain crush issue, which lead the ABV to be around 3.7%. This is definitely a bit below style, but booze isn’t everything, so let’s see how it came out. ┬áCarbonation is almost zero, and no head to speak of, even with an aggressive […]