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Trafalgar Cedar Cream Ale

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Trafalgar Cedar Cream Ale
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Formerly brewed at Trafalgar Ales & Meads
Style: Cream Ale
Oakville, Canada

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cedar Cream Ale is an easy drinking, amber coloured ale. Brewed in the North-American style of cream ales, its sweet subtle nose is derived from the addition of cedar chips during fermentation and ageing. Pairs well with BBQ dishes such as steak and hamburgers.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheJester (1801) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
341 mL bottle. A lovely copper colour, but absolutely no head whatsoever. Lightly carbonated - only a faint ípopí when the bottle was opened. Aroma is sweet caramel, nutty, a little almond extract. No cedar!? Sweet flavour - just caramel at first, but there is some nuttiness in the middle. Interesting fizzy bitterness lingers at the finish. No cedar that I can point to. Creamy but thinnish mouthfeel. Much better than most of their previous offerings.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
341ml Bottle: Pours rusty orange, not a single hint of head to speak of. Thereís really almost no aroma here, itís disconcerting. Almost like water. Maybe Iím getting a cold. First thing I notice on tasting it is exceptionally watery on the mouthfeel, very thin body. On the positive side no Trafalgar skunk! Huzzah! Good work on having honest-to-goodness cedar in there, and an oddly heavy booze note. All told itís average, but it does offer hope for Trafalgarís future.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
matt7215 (2155) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
341ml bottle from the LCBO. pours very nicely. amber with a small white head that redusec to a ring. minimal carbonation. aroma of cara malts and something that might be cedar but im not 100% sure. nice flavour upfront but the middle is thin a the finish is weird. it might be the cedar but it is a strange sensation ive never had before. im going to finish tis beer, return the bottle for my $0.10 deposit and then never think about it again.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 28, 2009
Appearance: medium to dark orange, small white head. Aroma: somewhat creamy, grassy, malty, some sweetness in there. Flavour: hmm not what I was expecting, rather sweet - honey perhaps? Vanilla and mild cream, it has a nice sweet finish. Not bad, best of the Trafalgar bunch.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JesseM (1146) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
341ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a pale ruby with no head at all. Aroma is basically just cream aleness, indistinct very sweet malts, crisp, no hops, no cedar. Flavour is quite something, wood mixed in with excessive sweetness. A very creamy feel, like whipped butter. Maybe a touch toasty. Not infected! Yeah! Still not very good, WAY too sweet, almost an alcopop. Well, at least Trafalgar is almost on the upswing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
341 ml bottle - pours a clear copper, amber shade with a very small and short-lived off-white head. Aroma fairly non-descript - some honey, grains, sour apple. Flavour similar, although an intriguing slight spicy tinge is noted on the back-end. Hops? Cedar? Not sure. Fairly standard Cream, apart from that "tinge". Freshness certainly helps here - itís a shame, but I wouldnít buy this same beer 2 weeks from now, not how the LCBO handles it...Overall, nice - glad itís not in a bomber as I probably wouldnít have bought it. You know the saying: half-a-dozen times bitten...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
I hate to say this...ugh..it really hurts to say it.....but this beer....it actually doesnít suck?!? And itís a Trafalgar beer!?! The stars must have aligned on the day they brewed this one up because from what I can tell itís one in a million. Pours a honey gold colour with a head that dissapears instantaneously. The aroma is surprisingly complex, I canít stop smelling this beer, with notes of manuka honey, oak, baby powder, vanilla, anise and many more things I canít pick out. The flavour is decent, a light grassy hop note upfront, malty base line, light bitter hop bite finish, not to complex, but tasty and smooth. Very surprised, hopefully this is a turning point for trafalgar brewery.


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