Friday, 28 December 2012

Saison Sauvin

BREWERY:
8 Wired Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Marlborough, New Zealand

STYLE:
Saison (Farmhouse Ale) Yes that's a type. Google it.

COLOR:
Golden

ALCOHOL:
7%



A lot people who have had a Saison don't really know what to think of it.  I am one of those people.  The taste is unique.  Breweries now a days have altered the recipes to their own liking, ie: adding more hops, doubling the malt etc.  But the general flavor is still the same.  8 Wired Brewing's Saison Sauvin is one that I really enjoyed.  There's a slight fruitiness to the smell that is intriguing.  I had to wait a few moments for this beer settled down before I could taste it. (It's pretty carbonated) The malt does stand out and is full of flavor.  Being a "Belgian" style beer that it is, the fruitiness also comes out in the taste.  There's also something in the taste that I just can't put my finger on.  That's why this beer (and a lot of other Saisons out there) is complicated to the taste buds.  It's very crisp and the taste gets better the more sips you have.  The finish is really clean with only a hint of bitterness.  Overall this beer is one that I will have again.  But one thing that you must know... You can't drink the whole bottle yourself so make sure that you have someone beside you that can sample it with you. 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Festive Saison

BREWERY:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Christmas Seasonal (Pilsner)

COLOR:
Light Golden Color

ALCOHOL:
5.5%









I'm sure you guys have all had a seasonal Christmas beer.  What color is it?  That's right, it's usually a dark brown color.  This is the first time that I've had a seasonal beer, whether it's a Christmas or just a plain winter ale, that wasn't a dark color.  I've also never had such a light tasting winter beer.  The smell is very light with a slight ginger tone.  The taste is also very light with a hint of ginger.  Just like a pilsner, it's crisp and refreshing  (A little too refreshing for a winter, Christmas beer).  What I really like about this beer, however, is it's finish.  It's not bitter and the finish is where you can really taste the cinnamon.  There are a few ginger beers out there but if you want to try one that is light (on the ginger) and leaves a really smooth cinnamony taste in your mouth, then you really need to try this one.  This beer isn't high on my list of winter beer, but it also isn't on the bottom either.  A lot of seasonal winter beer can only be consumed once, but this one can be had over and over again.  Yes it's that light. 

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Hoptoria

BREWERY:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
IPA (American Style)

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.8%



Before I begin I really hope that I got a bottle that was past it's prime.  I'm going to talk about this beer based on the bottle that I had.  If you disagree with my findings, let me know by giving me details on what you thought of it.  If it seems that I'm way off, I'll grab another bottle and update this post.

This beer has 80 IBU's (states 90 on it's website)  so I'm thinking, hey I need to try this.  I was really, really surprised by the week smell and taste of this beer.  I think the caramel taste and hoppy taste were battling it out to see who wins in this one.  Don't get me wrong, it did smell hoppy, (after all it is supposedly dry hopped too) but I had to smell it a few times to pick up the scent.  The taste was hoppy but not as much as I hoped.  It had a great carmel taste to it and it was pretty smooth.  But the taste fell flat against my taste buds pretty quickly.  The aftertaste was subtle and lasted for just the right amount of time.

Once again, I really hope my bottle was fouled up.