Friday, 31 May 2013

Humphrey Biere De Garde

Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Vancouver, British Columbia

Strong Pale Ale



Biere de Garde basically stands for "Beer for Keeping".  Usually this type of beer is brewed then stored for a certain amount to time then it is released.  Parallel 49's version of this style of beer is one that you absolutely cannot pass up.  The aroma is very, very light.  You can barely smell it.  If your nose is keen then you can detect the slightest smell of caramel and maybe a bit of rose.  But just because you can barely smell it doesn't mean that it's lacking in flavour.  The flavour of this beer will make you want to drink this beer over and over.  It has a great malt taste and you can definitely taste the caramel.  It's sweet but subtle enough where it won't satisfy your sweet tooth.  The taste has a thickness to it and it's also very smooth with no aftertaste.  The finish is of caramel and maybe a bit of honey?

Friday, 24 May 2013

Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen

Tree Brewing Company

Kelowna, British Columbia


Deep Yellow (cloudy)


I've had Hefeweizens before.  A lot of them taste the same.  When a brewery actually adds flavor to it, it changes everything.  In my opinion, flavor adds to the refreshment of the hefe.  It gives it that extra kick to a bland style of beer.  Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing is the answer to that summer beer everyone is looking for.  Mind you, however, you can't drink this beer (and any other Hefe) too much without getting an upset stomach so drinking this beer casually is the way to go.  Relax, sit in the sun, and enjoy this beer. 

First of all the smell gives off more of a citrus aroma than pineapple and I do detect a slight bit of spice as well.  The taste is really refreshing and that's where you can taste the pineapple.  However it's not quite predominant as I thought but still great none the less.  The taste also has a bit of tartness witch adds a dryness to the taste.  The finish is smooth and slightly crispy with a fruity mellow aftertaste.  I would honestly recommend you trying this beer on a hot and sunny day.  You will thank me for it.  Cheers!