Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 31–Aug 6 (19 Unique Beers)

Bottles & Cans

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Vigneronne (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This was packed with huge bright and fruity Muscat grape flavours, with a delectable vinous character and undertones of oak. The mouthfeel was lightly tart, with tingling acidity on the tongue.

Kriek 100% Lambic Bio (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This had so much wonderful fresh cherry flavour. This was a young sample so the fruit took dominance over the lambic character; however, it was still tart with a touch of funk

Abt 12 (2016) by Brouwerij St. Bernardus

This Belgian quad was full-bodied and dark with a nose of apricots and orange The palate was complex and malty with a bitter-sweet finish and a nice hop bite.

Mochaccino Messiah by To Øl

The coffee brown ale had big coffee and chocolate notes with a super malty body and sweet, smooth finish from the addition of lactose.

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Clean Saison by Burdock

This classic saison was clean, and crisp with a touch of dry clove character from the yest. In fact, it was an almost perfect Saison Dupont clone.

A Blessing And A Curse by Left Hand Brewing Company

This big double IPA had a big nose of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits, with a caramel malt body. It was rather dank on the palate with a bitter finish.

Wild Marmalade Farmhouse // Coolship Collaboration Series 04/04 by Field House Brewing Co. & Four Winds Brewing

Clove spiciness from the phenols with very subtle orange and lemon. Touch of funk-lite in the finish.

ReQueened Honey Ale by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Rich notes of honey and toffee. Sweet in the middle, but finishes crisp and dry.

Go Get It by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

Tons of lime and just the right amount of ginger to give it a spicy kick. Very tingling on the tongue from the lactic acid.

Currant-ly Unavailable Blonde Ale by Riot Brewing Co.

Getting blackcurrants and raspberry. Slight tartness. A wee bit sweet on the finish.

Mating Saison by Dogwood Brewing & Calliser Brewing

Nice twist on the classic saison: clove-like spice from the phenols and banana and pear from the phenols, with a dusty spiciness from the rye.

Junk Punch IPA by Riot Brewing Co.

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A nicely balanced day-to-day IPA with classic citrus and tropical fruit hop character and a biscuity malt base.

Killer Cucumber Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Light and easy-drinking with a refreshing hint of cucumber and a touch of black pepper and citrus.

Green Magic IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

Decent West Coast IPA with tons of pine and a touch of citrus and tropical fruit. Bready malt body with a relatively balanced finish.

Trailer Park Boys Freedom 35 by Double Trouble Brewing

Let’s be honest, I bought it for the can. It’s not the worst cheap lager I’ve ever had though. Malty and not much else.

Affable IPA by Moody Ales

Classic West Coast IPA with pine, citrus, and a touch of mango from the hops and a doughy malt body.

On tap at The Drake

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Black Butte XXVIII by Deschutes Brewery

A rich and heady mixture of scotch, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, sweet orange peel, molasses, raisins, figs, and liquorice. Divine!

Notorious IPA³ by Boneyard Beer Company

An intense but well-balanced west coast IPA with pine and citrus on the nose and and a rich caramel malt body.

La Folie (Lips of Faith) by New Belgium Brewing Company

Puckering acetic acid sourness with notes of sour apple and cherry with earthy and oaky undertones. Rich and complex.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewery

A nicely balanced pale with a smooth caramel malt body and citrus and floral notes on the nose from the Cascade hops.