Thursday, 9 February 2017

January 27, 2017

Yet another revolting development:  the Victory Café, in Mirvish Village is closing at the end of the month.  This one received four pint glasses of a possible five from my favourite pub review site:

Quite plainly, Toronto does not have nearly enough condominiums.

January 26, 2017

41/1859) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  The King Under The Mash Tun by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  **1/2;  this cask is their feature beer, The Blizzard, with added Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops;  the Citra hops are very prominent in the nose;  the blend of hops gives pineapple notes and it looks like a glass of pineapple juice as well;  sweet butterscotch notes;  the hops turn out to be a good counter to the aggressive sugariness of The Blizzard;

January 25, 2017

39/1857) Home:  De Mons Belgian Abbey by The Inveralmond Brewery of Scotland:  *;  brewed with barley and wheat;  from their Inspiration Series, #2;  this is their take on a Trappist beer;  it's vaguely like a Trappist with a faintly yeasty, fruity nose;  bland taste, hints of fruit and malt;

I am taking Scotland out of turn in my journey through the 2016 Beer Advent Calendar today in honour of Robbie Burns Day.  Sure, I am a mongrel, and my children moreso, but my father's mother was a McCordick and my mother was an Armstrong.

40/1858) Home:  Clootie Dumpling by The Orkney Brewery of Scotland:  **1/2;  named for the traditional Scottish spiced pudding and the cloth (cloot) it is wrapped in;  brewed with wheat and barley as well as cinnamon, sugar, allspice;  dark brown;  the nose features all three spices;  delicious gingerbread like flavors but not sweet;

No fooling, I am going to seek out a Scottish bakery and bring home a few Clootie Dumplings.

Lang may yer lum reek.

January 24, 2017

37/1855) Home:  Winter Saison by Brouwerij De Molen of the Netherlands:  *1/2;  6.1%;  brewed with the usual four ingredients plus timut and Szechuan peppers, mustard seed and juniper;  unpasteurized;  yeasty nose;  mild pepperiness but not excessive;  mildly warmly spiced after taste;

38/1856) Home:  Adventurous Brown by Nøgne Ø of Norway:  **;  10%;  "a celebration of Advent"; aged on oak and cypress;  brewed with wheat and barley malt and muscovado sugar;  pours very dark brown;  sweet nose;  notes of dark sugar, mild roast;

January 23, 2017

34/1852) Home:  APA by Birrificio del Doge of Italy:  **;  4.8%;  the label speaks of "hope notes" and "grate harmony";  pours hazy straw;  mild citrus nose with a malty back drop;  warm citrus flavours, faintly bitter with a dry hoppy finish;

35/1853) Home:  Molotov by Birrificio del Ducato of Italy:  **;  7.0%;  unpasteurized;  brewed with sugar and spices;  "proudly brewed with wasabi and appetite for destruction";  smoked, in a good way,  spiced nose;  gentle heat from the wasabi, mild fruitiness, and a warm finish;

36/1854) Home:  December Flower Winter Seasonal Ale 2016 by White Pony of Italy:  **1/2;  11.8%;  bottled and brewed for them by Het Nest Brouwerij of Belgium;  dry hopped;   brewed with sugar, orange peel, coriander and champagne yeast;  orangey red according to my daughter - I can't see either colour;  the nose is dominated by alcohol with a sweet fruity sugariness emerging slowly;  this may be one to age;  the alcohol is a bit hot but it yields to burnt sugary notes;

Stephen Beaumont has been saying for some time now how Italy is an emerging force in the craft beer world and here is our proof.

January 22, 2017

32/1850) Home:  Black Alligator by Monyo Brewing Company of Hungary:  *1/2;  9%, 19.5 ibu;  a black Saison;  nose is roasty;  mild black pepper with grainy notes and lingering black pepper and spice after taste;  brewed in Budapest - this is the first Hungarian beer to make the list;

33/1851) Home:  Reserve Brune by Brasserie St-Feuillien S.A. of Belgium:  **1/2;  8.5%;  fruitiness to the nose with dark burnt sugar and an alcohol edge;  a surprising candi, almost bubblegum, like sweetness along with dark sugar and fruitiness;  an unusual and surprising Abbey ale;

This selection is not from the Advent calendar.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

January 21, 2017

31/1849)  C'est What:  Wine Barrel Imperial Stout by Inocente Brewing Company of Ontario:  **;  11.5%, 60 ibu;  strong oaky red wine nose;  wine overshadows all else, mild vanilla notes;