Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 17–23 (25 Beers)

The tasting notes are back! Sorry it’s been a while. The last few weeks have involved a couple of beer festivals and tap takeover and it’s impossible to take notes on all of the beers I taste at those things.

Bottles & Cans


Saint Lamvinus by Brasserie Cantillon
This beer was just heavenly. Wild fermented, then aged in Merlot barrels for 10 months, before being soaked on Merlot grapes for another 3 months. It was bright and fruity with tons of fresh Merlot grape flavour, followed by red wine, gentle Brett funk, and touch of oak.

The Muse & The Golden Promise by Cannery Brewing

Sweet, bready malts with earthy, piney hop aromas.

Vélo by Four Winds Brewing

Lemon, lime, orange, a touch of grapefruit and salt. Crackery malt base. Very thirst-quenching.

Pilsner by Twin Sails Brewing

Nice, crisp and refreshing Pilsner with grainy/bready malts and earthy/floral noble hops.

NOOM by Burdock

Wow! That was boozy. Strong cognac character and notes of cherry, chocolate, and coffee. Like a Black Forest cake.

Strange Resemblance by Strange Fellows Brewing

Bright and fruity with notes of pineapple and lychee. Refreshing, dry finish.

Cherry Jelly King by Bellwoods Brewery

An interesting variant of Jelly King with rich cherry notes. Doesn’t have that cherry medicine taste you often get, more like cherry lollipop.

Flanders Red by pFriem Family BrewersIMG_20170721_011443

Lots of cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, and a touch of vinous and tabbaco. Maybe a touch thin.

3rd Anniversary Hoppy Tripel by Main Street Brewing Company

This was really nice. The spicy and fruity notes of the Belgian yeast work nicely with the big resinous West Coast hop flavours.

Coorinna by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Light and refreshing with lots of pepper, lime, lemon, and tropical fruit notes.

C.R.E.A.M. Key Lime Milkshake IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

Getting some lime and a little lactose sweetness, but not as smooth as I’d like. Better than the Phillips one

778 IPA by Faculty Brewing

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus aromatics with a nice extra bitter bite.

Agent Orange IPA by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks20170722_212056

Subtle orange and tropical fruit notes. The orange peel augments the citrus notes of the hops. Doesn’t taste like kitchen cleaner like some orange IPAs

Old Chub by Oskar Blues Brewery

Malt-rich with notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and chocolate.

Dangerously Close To Stupid by To Øl

Best triple IPA I’ve ever had. Rich caramel malt body with aromas of floral and citrus from the Centennial and Citra. Dangerously crushable.

Vélo by Four Winds Brewing

Lemon, lime, orange, a touch of grapefruit and salt. Crackery malt base. Very thirst-quenching.


241 MinzeWeizen by Faculty Brewing

This was surprisingly delicious. The mint was subtle but bright over the wheaty base and made the tongue tingle. Refreshing!

Tempus Corvi 2017 by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Lemon, apple, tons of funk, oak, and a touch of spice. Very complex.

Zunga Golden Blonde Ale by Townsite Brewing

Nice blonde with subtle floral and spicy notes from the European hops, moderate bitterness, and a refreshing, dry finish.

Hop Lion by Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

Big hop notes of tropical fruit, resin, dank pine, and tangerine, with a bready malt base.

Kingdom by Four Winds Brewing at Smiths Pub20170720_001142

Herbal and floral like a British IPA but with nice oak notes. Moderate bitterness.

Frambuesa Moka by Engine House No. 9

Rich notes of Raspberry and chocolate with subtle oakiness and gentle sourness.

Blonde IPA by pFriem Family Brewers

Light and balanced with candy-like malt and hop notes of grapefruit and pine.

Hound Of Barkerville by Barkerville Brewing Co.

Nice brown ale with notes of honey and molasses. Smooth finish.

Nectarous: Dry-Hopped Sour by Four Winds Brewing

Papaya, mango, guava. Tart lactic acid sourness. One of the best dry-hopped sours out there.


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