Quidi Vidi Brewing Company QVxNF Uncle Fred’s Kolsch – Kölsch at 4.5% ABV

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company QVxNF Uncle Fred’s Kolsch Kölsch at 4.5% ABV (C$3.57 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 30-Jan-2019, acquired 18-Mar-2019, reviewed 6-Apr-2019)

Appearance: clear straw with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and chunky soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: clean malt/honey, grass. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

I like the idea of Quidi Vidi using a competition with the Newfermenters home-brew club to come up with some new beers. This is of course not a particularly challenging or interesting style, but decently well done regardless, with a clean aroma and flavour. I waffled on the palate score, but ultimately decided that the bitterness of the finish, while not personally objectionable, was far enough out of spec that there had to be a slight score reduction. (Though it didn’t really affect the final score.) Solid, but just slightly less than great. (15/20)

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