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Coal Harbour Brewing Company
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Wow, if you were looking for something interesting, you found it! This beer is a thinker, and by that I mean that you don't notice all it's flavours right away, or even in each sip. There are a lot of layers to it, and it took me a while to break them down. The aroma is surprisingly mild, mostly of apricots, with a bit of Brett funkiness, and a hint of something grassy. The colour is a dark orange, slightly hazy, with just a thin ring of foam around the edges. The first layer of flavour is fruit-based; apricot, lemon, pear, orange rind. Prevalent, but not overpowering. I didn't notice any pineapple as promised on the label, but I'll let it slide. Next layer is distinctly wheat: a light sweetness, a little cloying at the end. The rye layer is elusive, I only notice it's inherent spiciness every other sip, but it is still an extra dimension of complexity. Now on the finish I can taste the Saaz hops, a hop flavour of which I've never been a fan. Luckily this is also where the weizen yeast comes into play, so mostly one only tastes a dryness from the hops and a sour earthy twist from the yeast. And from mid-palate to finish, there is an overtone of wild crab-apple, the flavour lent by the Brett yeast. I'll say that on the first sip, this beer just tastes like a sour jumbled mess. It's not until I started noticing some of its' individual flavours that I really started to enjoy it. So don't give up on it after the first couple sips! It was $10, which is more than I usually spend on a beer of this ABV, but I'm glad I did because it was really neat.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2013 09:21:45 |
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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
A: deep golden honey with orange hints
S:wet stone, flat, earthy, nuts; no noticeable hops or fruit
T: sour and muddy; not a clean fresh sourness; finish is fast leaving a very flat taste. The label says "notes of apple, apricot, and pineapple" but if so the fruit is over-ripe. This tastes like a cheap homemade beer. No flavour development at all.
M: light to medium bodied; low to medium carbonation.
O: not an appealing beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2012 03:10:43 |
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