Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Dec 4–10 (70 uniques)

This week’s notes will be pretty brief, as I drank an insane amount of beers and a few of these were from memory alone. 🙂

Bottles & Cans

20171209_203110.jpgEl Cuatro by The Ale Apothecary

Horseblanket on the nose. Plums and cherries on the palate with a touch of brandy and oak. Tart and funky.

The Beer Formerly Known As La Tache by The Ale Apothecary

Lemon and peach on the nose. Citrus and stonefruits on the palate with an earthy undertone. Soft acidity and funk.

Sahalie (2015) by The Ale Apothecary

Moderately tart with notes of apricot, pineapple, orange, straw, leather, oak, and funk. Just incredibly complex and rich.

Hollow Tide by Holy Mountain Brewing

Fruity saison with Apple, citrus, Brett funk, and oak. Complex and creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Light wild saison with spices, light funk, grassy hops, caramel malt, and oak.

The Seer by Holy Mountain Brewing

Barnyard funk and floral hops on the nose. Light funk, peppery spice, and citrusy/grassy hops on the palate. Super dry finish.

The Ox by Holy Mountain Brewing

Notes of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, white wine, spices, oak, and Brett funk.

Leela by Burdock

Moderate tartness with a strong vinous quality and a touch of funk. Dry finish. Like a beer/wine hybrid.

Straffe Hendrik Heritage by De Halve Maan

Dark fruits, apple, cherry, toffee, vanilla, and oak. Rich and decadent.

Verjus Grape Sour by Niagara Oast House Brewers

Grape juice, green apple, pepper, and funk. Tart and dry.

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Mild acidity, tart cherries, light funk. Finished way too sweet.

System Overload by Halo Brewery

Dank and grassy with a touch of tropical fruit and grapefruit over a caramel malt base.

Cutting Bells by Bellwoods Brewery

Floral and citrusy nose. Passionfruit and citrus on the palate with a touch of honey. Smooth and delicious.

Runes (Simcoe & Galaxy) by Bellwoods Brewery

Hazy, juicy, and smooth. Notes of guava, papaya, pineapple, orange, and lemon.

Hansel & Brett’el by Forked River Brewing Company

Light and tart. Touch of citrus, berries, light funk, white wine, and oak.

East of Everywhere by Iron Road Brewing

Notes of molasses and dry dusty spiciness from the ginger and cardamom.

Boysen the Hood by Twin Sails Brewing

This was the best milkshake IPA I’ve ever had! The boysenberry really came through and the colour was insane. It was so smooth and deceptively boozy.

Natural Born Lover by Stone City Ales

Fruity nose. Passionfruit and lemon on the palate. Mildly tart with an off-dry finish.

Flight of the Angry Beast by Clown Shoes


Super complex. Roasty and toasty malt notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisins, and molasses, along with bourbon, scotch, and oak.

Ruby’s Tears by Marz Community Brewing Co.

Refreshing, tart, and light. Notes of hibiscus, coriander, lime, and salt.

Capital Blonde Ale by Forked River Brewing Company

Touch of citrus on the nose and palate. Light bodies and gentle.

Beltane 2017 by Propolis Brewing

Slightly tart and funky. Very floral and herbaceous with a hint of horse blanket on the nose.

Barrel of Cherries by Spindrift Brewing Company

Huge foam explosion—possibly infected. Notes of dark chocolate, sour cherries, red wine, and oak.

Little Red One V2 by Strange Fellows Brewing

Fruity berry nose. Big rich black currant notes on the palat


e with a touch of oak. Moderately tart.

Colorado Wild Sage by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Super floral and herbal nose. Notes of sage, lemongrass, pepper, and mild funk on the palate.

Ceci N’est Pas Une Gueuze by Les Trois Mousquetaires – LTM

Horse blanket nose. Tart and funk palate with notes of peach, apple, and funk.

It’s Alive! by Mikkeller

Funky nose, but not much Brett on the palate. Body is fruity and spicy and mildly tart.

Fruit Helmet (Guava / Passionfruit / Raspberry) by 


Bellwoods Brewery

Juicy and smooth with notes of guava, passionfruit, and raspberry.

Midas Touch by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Dark malt notes of chocolate and raisins. Some vinous and mead-like qualities. Dry and lightly spicy.

Angel’s Share (2008) by The Lost Abbey

Roasty malt with notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and oak.

Passion Project by Almanac Beer Company

Notes of passionfruit, ginger, pepper, citrus, oak, cedar, and barnyard funk. Dry finish.

Peppercorn Imperial Wit by Monkless Belgian Ales

Light and refreshing with notes of banana, clove, and black pepper. Well-hidden booze.

Tripel by Ninkasi Brewing Company


Hoppy triple with classic spicy clove-like phenols and fruity esters, with the additional of and earthy, herbal, and floral noble hops.

Marius Reserva BA Sherry by Vliegende Paard Brouwers

Dark roasty malt notes of coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and raisins, with a touch of sherry and oak. Delicious.

4th Anniversary Ale by Powell Brewery

Aged one year. The Brett has added a ton more funk. The malt still adds notes of plum and raisins, but this is all about the funk.

BUMO by Burdock


Notes of raspberry, red currants, red grapes, spices, and farmhouse funk. Finished really dry.

BUMO (Version II) by Burdock

Notes of raspberry, red currants, red grapes, spices, and oak. Quite vinous with a dry finish.

Kokako 2016 by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Gentle tartness and mild funk with pears, kiwi, and a touch of oak.

Rock the Bells by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Well expressed cranberry flavour with a good level of tartness that isn’t too puckering. Sweet but finishes with a touch of dryness.

Robo Ruby Imperial Red IPA by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Nice bit of caramel malt, but the balance is slightly off and the hops are a little too grassy.

Red Racer Smore Stout by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Not bad. Decent chocolate flavour with a touch of spice and a mild hint of marshmallow. Finishes quite sweet.

Phoenix Gold Lager by Phillips Brewing Company

Grainy malt with not much else going on. A touch of grassy hop bitterness.

Batch 15 IPA by Aslan Brewing Company

Super juicy for a NW IPA. Cloudy and smooth with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine.

Narwhal Imperial Stout (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 

Intense roasty malt notes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, nuts, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (Noire à l’avoine) by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)


Lots of roasty malty notes. A touch of nuts, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee. Smooth mouthfeel.

St-Ambroise Abricot (Apricot Wheat Ale) by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)

Nice apricot flavour. Tart and refreshing, but a little sweet. You’d think the wheat would offset the sweetness, but I guess not.

Steel Horse by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Nice notes of caramel with hints of bourbon, vanilla, and oak to enhance the sweet malt base.

Mount Arrowsmith Low Pressure Porter by Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co.

Light roasty noted with hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and toffee. Touch of hop bitterness that is balanced by malt sweetness.

La Negra by Cadejo Brewing Company

This was a pretty good Irish stout with roasty notes of coffee and chocolate plus a hint of smoke.

Analogue 78 Kölsch by Phillips Brewing Company

It’s a nice and refreshing and crisp kolsh, but it has no place in an advent calendar.

Red Racer Wonderful Winter White Ale by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Saying this is Belgian-style is a joke. It’s an American wheat all the way. The coriander and orange is but a mild hint. Really bland.

Krampusnacht by Phillips Brewing Company

Spicy notes of ginger, clove, cardamom, and pepper from the grains of paradise. A touch of sweetness to balance it all out. Really tasty.

Electric Unicorn White IPA by Phillips Brewing Company

Hoppy notes of citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of coriander over a grainy wheat body. Finishes nice and dry.

Mahalo Parfait Session Milkshake IPA Framboise by Brasserie Dunham

Nice natural raspberry flavour with a touch of Brett funk I wasn’t expecting from a milkshake IPA….

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They made an attempt at an NE IPA, but it has the bitterness of a West Coast. There’s lots of grapefruit with a touch of mango and passion.

Parallelogram by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Very smooth from the N2, but not as much coffee as I was expecting. The body was also a little thin.

Cake by Longwood Brewery

Chocolate malt with slightly medicinal-tasting raspberry. It’s a little too sweet and a bit too thin.

Vow of Silence (2017) by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Malt-forward with notes of raisins, stone fruit, and clove. Rich and boozy.

Dr. Scientist Hazelnut Stout by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Not the greatest beer from this year’s P49 advent pack. It wasn’t very pleasant at all when cold, but once it warmed up more of the hazelnut came through.


Humans by The Parkside Brewery—at Smiths Pub

Probably the best Parkside beer yet. So juicy and smooth with big tropical fruit and citrus notes

Mad Ear by Trinity Brewing Co. (Colorado)—at Smiths Pub

Malty and yeasty with hints of pears, licorice pears and licorice. Medium body and slightly tart with a dry finish.

Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

A nice hoppy triple with citrusy hops and spicy phenols.

Barrel Holder Anomaly – 2017 by Category 12 Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Rich notes of dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, and a boozy bourbon finish. Even better than 2016.

Appleton Extra Special Bitter by Hoyne Brewing—at The Drake Eatery

A classic ESB with a floral and earthy nose. the body was malty and rich with notes of caramel, toasted bread, and nuts, along with earthy bitterness from the hops.

Metabolic IPA by Boneyard Beer Company—at The Drake Eatery

Bright citrus hoppyness with a touch of grassy bitterness.

Fruition by Funkwerks—at The Drake Eatery

Light saison with a touch of lemon. Not the best Funk weeks I’ve had.

Belgian Christmas Ale (2017) by pFriem Family Brewers—at The Drake Eatery

Nice Christmas spices with dark fruit and spicy phenols.

1911 Vienna Coffee Beer by Breakside Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

Rich roast coffee notes over a refreshing and crisp light malt base.

Umlaut by Brassneck Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

Amazing hefe with nice banana notes. The isoamyl level is perfect. So smooth and delicious

Jubelale by Deschutes Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

Notes of dark fruits, chicory, spice, and earthy hops. Like a liquid Christmas pudding.