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Garrison Honey Lavender Ale

Garrison Honey Lavender Ale
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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Deep golden in colour. Aroma of apple pie, honey and lavender. Flavours of malt and honey followed by a subtle flowery finish. Sweet honey aftertaste with a light bitterness from the lavender.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
[6123-20140117] Bottle. Honeycomb sweet tea aroma has a bit of a spiced floral note. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Honeyed floral flavour has a spiced note. Medium body. Interesting but strange. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2-
(c/o Big Red, w/ him, Gorbalev, jercraigs)
Overheard: "I’m Google mapping this."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DomD (207) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Poured from 500mL bottle. Obviously a strong lavender aroma, unfortunately it makes me think of soap. Appearance is a cloudy golden colour with a white head. Has medium sweet taste that lingers. A medium body, with oily texture, and average carbonation. The finish is strong with honey with a bit of lavender. Not a bad brew, but a bit heavy on the honey for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
A very nice brew indeed. Pours a hazy peach with a big white head. Aroma is of apples, banana, honey, and lavender of course. Tastes of honey, wheat, citrus, and lavender. Has a medium smooth body with average carbonation and a nice lemon aftertaste. This beer is very refreshing and lives up to its name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (633) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
I had this from a cask for the PEI Beer Festival. I don’t know the stats for the cask version but it was rather tasty. Certainly lives up to its moniker with both smell and taste. There is also some nice wheat, wood and basement going on with a light sourness, likely owing to the cask conditioning. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
plaugher (294) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
500ml into an English pint. Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with lively carbonation, minor lacing, and a light white head. Nose of cinnamon and apple, and a bit of flowery notes. Sickly sweet apple and honey flavour, very sticky on the palate; lingering sweetness. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
2014-01-17. Lightly hazy orange body small head. Aroma of honey and lavender as billed. Flavour is similar, sweet honey and floral lavendar character through, mild lingering sweet malt in the finish. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Not particularly complex, you pretty much get the flavours as described. Cellared bottle shared by Big Red

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Thanks gethinbeer. Pale orange-gold with a nice white head. The aroma has a lovely light lavender aroma along with a light whiff of cinnamon spice and some honey. Light oxidation seems to be here as well that I could do without. A little bit of spicy wheat malt and a bit of lingering floral flavour. The lavender really comes through on the back. Low to moderate bitterness but the honey character also comes out. It’s a pretty nice beer really - but I’ve always been a sucker for lavender.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gethinbeer (2436) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
Clear golden copper colour. high/medium carbonation with a frothy white head. Clean ale. Refreshing beer. Weak aroma of lavender. Flavour of malt and lavender. Not sure if I want be to taste like air freshener. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle, thanks again to Colin and Kendra and family! Golden yellow, very little bubbly head. Nice aroma - honey, lavender as advertised. A little sweet as well. Taste - quite interesting! A really enjoy the floral aspects of it and they are strong - but so is the honey! Credit for getting a real honey taste in here - very few honey beers have done this successfully. The trouble is I do not care for honey, and it does not balance well at all with the floral/lavender aspects - to my taste anyway. Light to medium body, well carbonated - this is a nicely put together beer, it just is not to my taste, so it is tough to rate. Full credit to Garrison for this unique effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
500ml bottle. Aroma is a fruity sour/sweet with hints of spice and floral. Pour looks like cider, pale, cloudy orange/yellow with little head. Taste could be described as "complex" or "all over the map" depending on how much you liked it. There is sour apple, cinnamon, some floral notes that were not necessarily lavender, the honey sweetness was apparent but not as strong as the spice and a touch of earthy hops. Palate was medium with decent carbo. Overall, kind of strange, not very "beerish", but not bad. I got more spice and apple than anything else so if you like apple pie you might like this.

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