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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Blanche du Paradis – Witbier at 5% ABV

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Blanche du Paradis Witbier at 5% ABV ($2.89 via Beer Club Offering #14, 341ml, bottle date 12-Nov-2014)

Pours hazy pale gold with a short, dense white head, excellent retention, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is wheat, light bananas and cloves, citrus peel, spices. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. (7/10) Light to medium body, low sustained carbonation, and a dry, mildly bitter finish. (3/5)

I’m tempted to say the shortcomings on this one are true to the traditional style, instead of accidental. Personally, though, I found the flavours and the carbonation to be on the low side, making this thing milder than it needed to be. Pleasant, without being all that memorable. (15/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Moralité – American IPA at 6.9% ABV

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Moralité American IPA at 6.9% ABV ($3.28 via Beer Club Offering #14, 341ml, bottle date 19-Nov-2014)

Pours hazy pale amber with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention, moderate lacing. (5/5) Nose is bright and pithy citrus, mild caramel malt. (9/10) Taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. (9/10) Light to medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a dry, lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

This has a strong similarity to DDC’s Disco Soleil, but less sweet and more restrained. More mature: grapefruit for breakfast, instead of sweet mandarins. A very well-behaved IPA with tons of flavour and character. The collaboration with The Alchemist is also apparent, and there are distinct similarities to Heady Topper. (18/20)

9/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Sound Brewery Entendez Nöel – Quadrupel at 11.5% ABV

Sound Brewery Entendez Nöel Quadrupel at 11.5% ABV (2014 Advent Calendar #24, 341ml, no bottle date or best before)

Pours clear pale to medium amber with a very short and short-lived head, minimal lacing. (3/5) Nose is apples and pears, some Belgian yeast, perfume alcohol burn. (7/10) Taste is strongly sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, low carbonation, slick sticky boozy finish. (3/5)

Well, I wouldn’t call that a quadrupel. Lots of booziness, sure, but the colour, body, and aroma are all far too light for a quad – call it a boozy triple, perhaps? While we’re on the topic, I’m the last one to complain about high ABV’s, but this one is coming across as just too hot, with a slight but distinct harshness that suggest a little more cellaring might be helpful. Not unpleasant, but lacking the polish and depth that characterizes real Belgian quads. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Disco Soleil – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Disco Soleil American IPA at 6.5% ABV ($2.95 via Beer Club Offering #14, 341ml, bottle date 14-Nov-2014)

Pours cloudy pale gold with one finger of rocky white head, excellent retention, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is multiple variations on citrus: pulp, pith, and rind, with tropical fruit sweetness and pale malt. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. (8/10) Light to medium body, prickly to moderate sustained carbonation, and a bittersweet finish. (4/5)

Really solid A/IPA: bright and juicy citrus, lots of fun to drink. The cloudy gold colour makes it almost look like the orange juice it smells like. Not sure I could clearly identify the citrus as kumquat, as opposed to sweet mandarins, for example, but I’ll take their word for it. The initial flavour is all fairly high (yet well-balanced) sweet citrus, giving way to a nice hoppy bitterness towards the finish, and the ABV never makes an appearance. I could drink a lot of these. (16/20)

(Yes, I forgot to take a photo before diving in. Draw your own conclusions.)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Mosco Mosco Blond – Blond Ale at 6.5% ABV

Mosco Mosco Blond Blond Ale at 6.5% ABV (2014 Advent Calendar #23, 330ml, no bottle date or best before)

Pours cloudy deep gold with some particulate and heavy lees, two fingers of foamy off-white head, excellent retention, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is bready Belgian yeast, apples, maybe some faint citrus peel. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet and bitter, mild pepper. (5/10) Light body, prickly carbonation, off-dry finish. (3/5)

Can’t say I’m shocked that an Israeli beer isn’t all that great – somehow that just doesn’t strike me as a vibrant beer producing region. I suppose given the Judeo-Christian background of Advent, one could argue that, style notwithstanding, this is an appropriate calendar inclusion. Not actually bad, but not very subtle or well-put together. (10/20)

5.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Microbrouwerij Rooie Dop Final Countdown – Saison at 6.5% ABV

Microbrouwerij Rooie Dop Final Countdown Saison at 6.5% ABV (2014 Advent Calendar #22, 330ml, bottle date 06/06/14)

Pours hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is bready yeast, white pepper, banana, cloves, faint orange peel. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet and bitter, mild tart and pepper. (7/10) Light body, prickly carbonation, dry finish. (4/5)

I like this. It’s not the most subtle saison I’ve ever had, and I don’t see how it’s “winter” (or “Advent”) but all in all it’s a hearty, richly flavoured beer with a pleasant demeanour. I think its being somewhat rustic and rough around the edges lends an air of authenticity to the style – except for the somewhat high ABV, I could see drinking this on a farm as a thirst quencher. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus Winter-Böckle – Dopplebock at 7.5% ABV

Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus Winter-Böckle Dopplebock at 7.5% ABV (2014 Advent Calendar #21, 330ml, best before 17.06.15)

Pours clear deep amber with a short, short-lived head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is caramel malt, brown sugar, faint dark fruit and grassy hops. (6/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (5/10) Medium to thin body, low carbonation, slightly sticky finish. (3/5)

Not particularly well-balanced, with a thinnish, watery body that doesn’t suit the style all that well. Starts out very sweet, but has a sharpish finish that isn’t all that well-integrated. Fairly mediocre, can’t say I’d recommend  looking for this one unless you’re a huge dopplebock fan. (10/20)

5.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Brouwerij Van Steenberge Gulden Draak – Belgian Dark Strong Ale at 10% ABV

Brouwerij Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Belgian Dark Strong Ale  at 10% ABV ($5.29 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330ml, best before 21-Sep-2015)

Pours opaque deep amber with a fat finger of light tan head, excellent retention, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is caramel/toffee, slight bubblegum, raisins, spices. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Full body, prickly sustained carbonation, and a mildly spicy boozy finish. (5/5)

Another excellent BDSA – not quite as “christmas-y” as the 2012 Vicaris Winter I had immediately before, but still quite spicy and pleasantly warming. I was just reading the commercial description, and the idea of this in a stew or as a bordelaise base, makes me drool. I’ve got myself just about convinced I can taste the difference made by the wine yeast they use in the secondary fermentation, and am detecting a hint of vinous character as it warms. Just slightly better than the Vicaris, perhaps. (17/20)

My 127th from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers, retired from the 2013 Edition.

8.5/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Brouwerij Dilewyns Vicaris Winter 2012 – Belgian Dark Strong Ale at 10% ABV

Brouwerij Dilewyns Vicaris Winter 2012 Belgian Dark Strong Ale at 10% ABV ($5.29 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330ml, best before 21-Sep-2015)

Pours opaque deep amber with a fat finger of light tan head excellent retention  patchy lacing. (4/5) Nose is liquorice, dark boozy fruits, brown sugar, toffee, spices. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Medium to full body, prickly to moderate sustained carbonation, and a mildly spicy boozy finish. (5/5)

Excellent BDSA with well-behaved warming from the spices and the high ABV. Seems to have aged rather nicely, with mellow flavours. A nice winter evening sipper. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Cervejaria Colorado Vixnu – American Double / Imperial IPA at 9.5% ABV

Cervejaria Colorado Vixnu American Double / Imperial IPA at 9.5% ABV (2014 Advent Calendar #20, 310ml, no bottle date or best before)

Pours hazy pale amber with some particulate, three fingers of foamy medium beige head, good retention, moderate lacing. (3/5) Nose is caramel malt, grassy hops with some very distant citrus and pine. (6/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Medium to full body, moderate to low carbonation, slightly sticky finish. (3/5)

Malt forward, with grassy hops somewhat to the background, so it’s already not my favourite type of DIPA. Add to that a somewhat off-putting aftertaste that I can’t identify, and it’s less than a winner in my book. Credit where credit is due, though: the ABV is pretty well-behaved. I’m guessing this is somewhat past its best before and would have been better had it been fresher. (That head is a little exaggerated, but the way – at first it was looking like no head would develop, so I got a bit overaggressive in the pour. Could have been poured with a decent fat finger of head, had I known what to expect.) Not bad, and probably worth a try, but not worth trying again. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com