Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd Hot Cross Bunny – Spice / Herb / Vegetable at 3.8% ABV

Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd Hot Cross Bunny Spice / Herb / Vegetable at 3.8% ABV (C$3.71 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, best before 31-Dec-2016, reviewed 15-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear medium gold with a short loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: burnt rubber, cinnamon. (3/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild spice. (3/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly spicy finish. (3/5)

Vile. (6/20)

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Quidi Vidi Brewing Company 1892 Traditional Ale – American Amber / Red Ale at 5% ABV

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company _1892 Traditional Ale_ American Amber / Red Ale at 5% ABV (C$2.21 at NLC Stavanger, 341 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 14-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with a short loose foamy ivory head diminishing gradually to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel, bready yeast, grassy. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, short duration off-dry finish. (3/5)

One of their best, second only to their British IPA (which when fresh is in my opinion world-class). This isn’t world-class, by any means, but it’s solid. The malt profile leads the way, but the caramel aromas don’t translate into sickly sweetness, and there’s appropriate grassy bittering in the finish. I wouldn’t call it my “go to” but if faced with the typical choice of local product, this is the one I’d take. (12/20)

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Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Premium Lager – American Pale Lager at 5% ABV

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Premium Lager American Pale Lager at 5% ABV (C$2.21 at NLC Stavanger, 341 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 13-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear straw with a short loose foamy white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. (2/5) Aroma: biscuity grainy malt, corn syrup, grassy, light skunk. (4/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (5/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, short duration and slightly mouth-coating finish. (2/5)

Nearly identical to their Light Lager – just a shade darker in colour and flavour. (I’ve come to the conclusion that “Premium” is a throwaway word that brewers use when they need to tack something on to the name, and “Bog Standard” seems too honest.) Getting a little skunk on this one in particular, that I don’t recall having noticed previously for this beer. (It’s local, so I’ve had it on rare occasions in the past.) Absolutely nothing to recommend this over a standard macro lager. (8/20)

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Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Light Lager – Euro Pale Lager at 4% ABV

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Light Lager Euro Pale Lager at 4% ABV (C$2.21 at NLC Stavanger, 341 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 13-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale straw with a short loose foamy white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. (2/5) Aroma: sweet biscuity pale malt, corn syrup, grassy. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (5/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, short duration and slightly mouth-coating finish. (2/5)

Look, it is what it is, OK? And what it is, is a light, super pale euro-style lager. It’s clean, fairly crisp, and easy to drink. Like so many pale lagers, though, even though I know there’s no corn or rice in it, the sweetness still gives it something of an adjunct character. Still better than a Coors Light, though – if only barely. (9/20)

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Greene King Morland Old Hoppy Hen – English Bitter at 4.2% ABV

Greene King Morland Old Hoppy Hen English Bitter at 4.2% ABV (C$3.71 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 12-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale amber with a short loose foamy white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: floral, grapefruit, caramel, grassy. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, very light spice. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter and slightly spicy finish. (3/5)

Starts off fairly hoppy for an English Bitter, with floral and citrusy aromas leading the way. The dry hopping settles down fairly rapidly, with a light sweet caramel and lingering grassy bitter remaining. Easy drinking. (12/20)

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Marston’s Plc Pedigree – English Bitter at 4.5% ABV

Marston’s Plc Pedigree English Bitter at 4.5% ABV (C$3.21 at NLC Stavanger, 440 ml, best before 31-Dec-2016, reviewed 12-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with one finger of loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, no lacing. (2/5) Aroma: biscuity caramel and toffee, fruity esters, grassy and earthy. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Palate: medium body tending to watery, moderate to low carbonation, off-dry mildly bitter finish. (3/5)

Not much to say about this: biscuity malt leading the way, finishing with a mild earthy bitter. A very typical pub pint. (10/20)

My 224th from the 2010 Edition (213th from the 2013 edition), and 235th combining both editions.

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Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne avec Prunes de Namur (2015) – Lambic – Fruit at 6.4% ABV

Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne avec Prunes de Namur (2015) Lambic – Fruit at 6.4% ABV (C$12.58 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 375 ml, best before 27-Jan-2025, reviewed 11-Apr-2016)

Appearance: hazy reddish pale to medium amber with a short loose foamy head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dusty barnyard funk, green apple and plums, woody and vinous notes. (9/10) Taste: mild to moderate sweet, strong tart, mild funk. (8/10) Palate: light body, prickly to moderate carbonation, very dry tart funky finish. (4/5)

Had I not done them in quick succession, I’m not sure I could have identified any significant variations between this version and the one made with Quetsche véritable d’Alsace. Having done so, though, it seems to me that this version is just slightly less bright and tart than the other. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very good, but it suffers, if only slightly, by comparison. (18/20)

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Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne (2015) – Lambic – Fruit at 6.4% ABV

Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne (2015) Lambic – Fruit at 6.4% ABV (C$12.58 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 375 ml, best before 3-Feb-2025, reviewed 11-Apr-2016)

Appearance: hazy reddish pale to medium amber with a short loose foamy head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dusty barnyard funk, green apple and plums, woody and vinous notes. (9/10) Taste: mild to moderate sweet, strong tart, mild funk. (9/10) Palate: light body, prickly to moderate carbonation, very dry tart funky finish. (4/5)

Based on my notes, very similar to last year’s vintage. My main intention in doing this one again was to compare vintage variations to style variations: I’ve got an “avec Prunes de Namur” that I will do shortly. Really, a top-notch super tart lambic. (19/20)

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YellowBelly Brewery Crooked As Sin Cider – Cider at 6.9% ABV

YellowBelly Brewery Crooked As Sin Cider Cider at 6.9% ABV (C$5.75 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, best before 8-Apr-2016, reviewed 10-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale amber with a short fizzy white head settling immediately to a thin cap, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: apple juice, champagne yeast. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (6/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry tart finish. (3/5)

Fairly straightforward cider. Slightly sweeter than I’d prefer, but on the other hand the high-ish ABV is very well integrated. No real complaints, but I can’t say I’d be interested in a second one. (12/20)

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Tripel (2015) – Abbey Tripel at 11% ABV

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Tripel (2015) Abbey Tripel at 11% ABV (C$8.42 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 7-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale gold with one fat finger of fluffy white head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: apple and pear, stone fruit, candi sugar, boozy raisin, bready yeast. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively to moderate carbonation, sweet boozy finish. (4/5)

Not bad at all. Definitely tending towards the sweet side of the tripel spectrum, but the integration of the very high ABV is quite good. As usual with these sweet tripels, I think I’d like it better if it were dryer, but it’s definitely not terrible as it stands. (14/20)

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