Trafalgar Northern Harvest
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Brewed by Trafalgar Ales & Meads
Style: Sahti/Gotlandsdricke/Koduõlu
Oakville, Canada


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Trafalgar’s Northern Harvest is a unique dark ale, brewed in the old Norse style known as Gotlandsdricka. A blend of Ontario-grown hops and juniper berries creates a unique aroma of citrus and spice reminiscent of stone fruits, rye, and a touch of brown sugar, while the caramel and toffee sweetness derived from the specialty malts are balanced against Canadian cedar and smoked malt.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (845) - Brantford, Ontario, - DEC 31, 2013
This ale poured a deep amber colour with a tan coloured, foamy/creamy head. Scents include ripe fruit, caramel and toast. First sip was very creamy with flavours of roasted malt and caramel. Med to low carbonation. Finish was malty with lots of caramel flavor. The bottle says made with juniper berries but???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Helsdon (184) - Toronto, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
I was given this bottle for Father’s Day. It may be snobbish, but I’ve always passed on Trafalgar beers just for the piss-poor graphics on the bottle’s label. It’s this headspace of if you can’t be bothered to try with your label (looks like the owner’s teenage kid made it) how much effort are you putting into your beer? But always grateful to try something new, and maybe I was wrong. Cola-coloured and opaque, with a couple of fingers of tan head that breaks down to a sparse sheet. Nose of toasty malts and caramel malts. Taste again of toastd malts, smooth, with a weak berry and juniper flavour and a little wheat. It’s alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown, practically no head. Aroma slightly of smoke and chocolate. Flavor is a match with a slight citric and earthy note, muted pine that is probably the juniper. A bit thin of body. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
2014-05-14. Lightly hazy brown body, modest beige head fades. 3+ Aroma of lightly metallic malt, fruit notes are vaguely raspberry like, and juniper that I only define because it says it on the label. Flavour is relatively mild, lightly metallic dry malt base, fruit character in the middle grows into the finish and lingers with toasty lightly roasty malt in the finish. Average plus bodied palate, light carbonation. On of the better beers they have done in a while. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: aromatic, good blend of darker malts with juniper oil hints. Hined with cola at end.
Apperance: poured as dark brown with flat top. Rather boring.
Taste/Palate etc. medium lighter bodied. Chocolate , cola bourbon like feel . Rum and cola with slight bitterness. On top some brown sugar. Add some more body to it and it could be quiet decent. Chocolate with juniper heat at finish. Felt as it was unfinished, needs tweaking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
gilvanblight (780) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Beer Review Trafalger - Northern Harvest Dark Ale. Figured I needed some Canadian content. Clear dark beown pour with pretty much 0 head. Interest scent. Smells cooked. Roasted. Not in a nice roasty kind of way. Very distict taste. Easy to drink. Has that cooked burnt thing gong on. Sweet, berries. Burnt berries. Okay not really digging this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strangebrewer (876) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
bottle. Poured dark brown with a skim tan head. Sweet and toasty malt aroma. Medium body, oily mouthfeel, lingering finish. Roasted malt flavour, a touch smokey with dark fruit and caramelized sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (4516) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
pours clear brown, red tint, with a decent light beige head, some retention and lacing. roasted coffee, lean chocolate and nutty malts, faint fruitiness, maple, brown sugar, chalk, roasted acidity, pepper, metal, some burnt and very lightly smoky notes, minerals, few pine needles or other vegetal whatever. average carboantion, light body - so darn watery, short grassy-chalky-spicy finish. every component seems fainted, muted or watered-down. an interesting experiment (maybe) that turned out awkwardly bland and completely forgettable. DP.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ikerr (5) - - DEC 26, 2013 does not count
Light roast taste, nice light brown color, lighter than expected though for a dark ale. Not complex, but not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalchopz (2318) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a slight hazy deep amber with a frothy beige-yellow head giving a creamy collar. Spicy aromas reminding me of pumpkin ales blended with sweeter caramel malts. The Juniper are very mild in the background. Even in the taste, with more of the butterscotch base taking over, but still watery overall. Very light bitterness in the finish from the hops, caramel malts and hints of nuts. Not too bad, but feels like most of their beers. Watered-down and not blended as well as a micro should. Something is just off again.

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