Heritage Black Currant Rye Lager

Kichesippi Beer Company
Formerly brewed at Heritage Brewing Limited

Style: Fruit Beer
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
2005 version was a lager.

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tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
Vegetal undertone to the sickly sweet, juicelike fruit aroma. Dark amber-brown body is topped by a low, white, fully diminishing head. Overly sweet with artificial tasting fruit flavour and underlying DMS. Rough though light bitterness in the finish along with some vague spiciness. Light, watery and syrupy with very low carbonation. No thanks. Bottle sampled at the Montreal YEHa’05.

Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Reddish amber ale with no head. Chenical currant aroma with spoiled cheese and burned rubber. In mout, chemical sweet fruits, viscous and cloying, with a weird bitterness. Ouch...this is bad. A rip-off at 4.79. LCBO.

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
(750ml bottle) Sampled at TiggMTL’s Montreal Crew YEHa!05 Christmas Party on December 17, 2005. Pours a dissipated white head with a brown-orange body. Nose of eggs, sharp fruit, cheese and rye. Sweet... sweeter than brown sugar. This is totally gross. Rumoured to be a spoiled batch at the brewery that they decided to save for Christmas. Yeh, Happy F#ck’n Christmas to you too!

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
The Lure:
A heavy blackcurrant juice spread over a light pea soup. Black grapes and yeast are frightened by the sweetness of it all, and by the lurking DMS of course.

The Festivities:
Mostly sweet candied fruitiness in all its artificial splendor. Low carbonation doesn’t help its drinkability factor, and the ending roastiness really doesn’t merge with the sugary fruit. Yeast bothers.

The multicoloured cereal aisle at the supermarket.

Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Qui l’a décrite comme ceci : « poil de cul de gorille en rut ayant mangé du mexicain la veille » ? Incroyablement pas très bon. Âcre, fruit complètement hors contexte, trop (et mal) sucrée.

Eructoblaster (4458) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle. Nice rusty body topped with a decent off-white foamy head. Enjoyable hoppy aroma with sweet and blackcurrant notes. Taste may lack coomplexity and is a bit too malty. Leaves a sharp bitter/sour aftertaste. Not among my favourites in that category, but still pretty decent.

mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
cask. ruby-brown with a sudsy white head. aroma has some sourness, mild rye, sweet malt. very sweet fruity flavour that seemed cloying at times - almost undesirabley so. some bread malt and light berries. not too great.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
Volo Cask Days Fruity, spicey aroma, deep copper, nice tan head. Sweet malt, sugar and more sugar. Cloying. Poor offering. Thanks for trying.

blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
Cask at Bar Volo’s Cask Days 2005. Black Currant Rye Lager ? Well, it’s different that’s for sure. Pours a cloudy dark auburn with a large white head and some sediment. Very sour aroma of alcohol and a hint of fruit. The flavour has the aforementioned black currant and rye much more prominently than the aroma did along with some sourness and malt. My rating is lower than most of the others but I recognise that this is definitely an acquired taste -- just not my taste. Kudos for trying something different though.

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 At Volo Cask Days 2005. Auburn pour, big white head (they called this a lager, but it looks all ale to me! - quite attractive really). Sour dough aroma with hint of musky fruitiness. Wow, taste is very tart, almost a sweet fruit bread taste (kind of what they were going for, eh?). Full bodied, tons of sediment (I had one of the first glasses poured), lots of flavour and really nice - a nice way to start the day (a good breakfast beer) and very surprising - well done Heritage! Glad I had a half pint to sip on and not a tiny sample as this beer is a grower for sure.

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