Alanthebeerguy (105) - - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black currant ale. Their website actual call it an IPA. Beer 4 in the advent calendar. Pours cloudy amber orange, small head. Smells of bread, dried fruit and some sour notes. Taste is fruit forward, mild but tangy. The fruit is pleasant and not overwhelming. Transitions into a bitter finish, giving it the IPA quality. Found it well balanced and refreshing.
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bulldogops (1023) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating #806 - December 4, 2013 - Beer 4 in the Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. 341ml bottle, 6.7% Pours a ruby colour with a near-absent white foam. Aroma is consistent with a North American style wheat ale, with notes of plum, raisin, and currant. Taste is quite sweet, with a fainty yeastwheat kick and a dominant currant/berry sweetness. This was actually quite enjoyable, the real fruit notes evoking what some of the bigger belgian ales create with yeast strains and esters.
MunBro (110) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma was malty, so was the taste. None of the currant flavor came through at all. Second worst advent beer so far behind that hurricane amber. Would not reccomend or drink again.
JeanDuteau (16) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice looking beer but it lacks any foam or lacing. It smells nice with a sweet smell, presumably from the currants. The taste is very bitter with an underlying sweetness. It would have been better to not have so many hops so that the sweetness could come through better. It does explode in the mouth but it is not a beer that I would have again nor recommend.
slimspady (159) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Day 3 Advent calendar. Light red color. No head. Fairly bitter with little fruit flavor. Overall, average to poor.
Rogyrl (1) - - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4th beer of the calendar
Quite a pleasant surprise
Neither of us are big on "fruit" beers
Black currants faint but pleasant - just bitter enough
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from my December 4th Beer Advent Calendar. Quite a lovely pink-tinged deep golden with a frothy white head that leaves a broad curtain of lace as I make my way through this beer. Aroma is a pleasing combination of sweet biscuit malt and black current fruit. If you have ever had Ribena, then you’ll know immediately that this has black current in it-- it is unmistakable. Pale malts with a light honey sweetness, lightly estery, with a blush of black current fruit. The finish is surprisingly bitter, slightly grappa-ish, and combined with the fruit, gives the finish a medicinal quality. Fruit beers can be so many different things, and this one will not be for everybody, but it struck the right cord with me. The best beer I’ve ad from Yukon in a long time. I’m very surprised, in a good way.
Malbers (18) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale ruby gold, with thin white head. Initial aroma is sour wine, but once it warms is replaced with citrus notes from the hops, and subtle black current and raspberry. Should have waited to smell a couple minutes longer. Flavour is a smooth hop bitterness, but fairly hoppy for a fruit beer. Bitterness is well balanced though to the 6.7%. Subtle on the black current, but pairs nice with the citrus flavours that come through in the flavour. Carmel back bone comes through as the beer warms. There is some kind of background flavour I can’t put my finger on that may keep me coming back for more.
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341ml brown bottle, from Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Gold with a pinkish tint. Small white cap. Winey fruit in the nose, a bit tangy. Taste has a lot of bitter hops, grassy, quick fruity note. Grassy bitterness lingering, pretty dry. More bitter and not as fruity as I was expecting. Odd.
WheatKing (1137) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
BeerAdvent 2013 Day... four. Pours hazy amber with slight rubeh tones, not much head. Nose of Welch’s grape juice, citrus. Flavour is alcohol heat, hardly any fruit at all, some crystal and herbal hops in the background. Finish is sour (malt sourness, not cassis tartness *cough cough*) with alcohol. Drinking this now, brought out some crackers to try to fix my palate but no I fear this beer just isn’t for me, which is a shame as black currant tartness tends to fit well in drinks. Damn you guys why do I have to be the Debbie Downer here. Sad thing is they named it after me, too: I used to think Phillips Wheat King was a great coincidence, but this is just uncanny; how’d they know?