Schneider Weisse TAP X Mathilde Soleil Weizenbock

schneider-weisse-mathilda-soleilBrewer: G. Schneider und Sohn, Kelheim, Germany
Style: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.0%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: The Mathilde Soleil was Schneider Weisse special brew 2015, which was first released at the  Braukunst Live 2015 beer festival in Munich. This limited special wheat beer was brewed in honor of the former head of the brewery, Mathilde Schneider, who presented Bavaria’s first wheat doppelbock in 1907. Continuing in the tradition of Mathilde, this beer combines barley and wheat malt with a variety of hops that were grown in small quantities specifically for this special series.

Tasting Notes: Schneider und Sohn are well known for their mastery of the wheat ale, and their Aventinus Dopplebock is one of my absolute favorites. That, and the limited availability of their products where I live make any limited releases from this brewery a rare treat. Speaking of which, the brew is very well-balanced. It has a lovely deep orange hue, it has a mighty yeasty backbone, and has some lovely fruit flavors – apple and orchard fruit – a hint of spiciness, and some oaky flavor. A very tasty and well-rounded Weizenbock!

Appearance: Deep orange, cloudy, sediment, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, sugars, baked bread, spicy yeast, grassy and herbal Noble hops
Taste: Semi-sweet malt, apple, apricot, notes of oak, strong yeast, hint of spice
Aftertaste: Lingering apple and malt flavor, yeast and spice notes
Overall: 9/10

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Category 12 Wild IPA

C12_wildIPABrewer: Category 12, Victoria, BC
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBUs: 68

Description: This latest release is part of C12’s Elemental Series, a grouping of experimental, limited release beers. It is so named because of the use of wild yeast strain known as Saccaromyces trois. And as an IPA it also combines a generous dose of pale malt which is then bittered with experimental El Dorado and Azacca hops and then served unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: An interesting brew, one which combines tropical fruit hop flavor with a yeast that imparts tropical fruit aromas. The end result is a beer that has a good West Coast IPA flavor with distinct Belgian undertones, which include a yeasty backbone. a cloudy profile, and some serious yeasty sediment.

Appearance: Deep Orange, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, rich tropical fruit nose, pineapple, passion fruit, yeasty 
Taste: Crisp start, immediate notes of pineapple, pine, yeast, bitter hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, tropical fruit flavor
Overall: 8.5/10

Corsendonk Agnus Tripel Ale

Corsendonk-Agnus_tripel-33-1_1024x1024Brewer: Brouwerij Corsendonk, Turnhout, Belgium
Style: Tripel
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: Corsendonk Agnus is the brewery’s take on the traditional Belgian Tripel. True to this tradition, it combines a generous dose of pale malt with a mild hopping, and is then bottle-fermented using active yeast cultures. And the end result is a brew that is rich, malty, crisp and bubbly, and none too shy about its alcohol content.

Tasting Notes: Corsendonk is kind of a big deal as far as the Belgian beer game goes. In the past, I’ve had their Pater a few times, so I was pretty pleased to see their Tripel available locally. And I was quite impressed with it. In addition to all the things I’ve come to love about Tripels – rich malt, strength, lots of yeasty flavor – the Corsendonk Agnus manages to pull all of that with a degree of subtlety. Its drinkable and refreshing on top of it all, which is a nice plus.

Appearance: Golden-orange, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, sugars, citrus, floral nose, coriander spice, yeast
Taste: Rich, crisp malt, hint of sugar, honey, coriander spice, yeasty effervescence
Aftertaste: Lingering notes of honey, yeasty bitterness
Overall: 9/10

P49 Suspect Device Gruit

gruitBrewer: Parallel 49 Brewing, Vancouver, BC / Crannog Ales, Sorrento, BC
Style: Gruit
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: Another installment in the Brews Brothers Volume 2 pack. This beer, which was produced in collaboration with Crannog Ales, is named after the song Suspect Device by Stiff Little Fingers. It is done in the traditional style known as Gruit, a malt-forward, hop-free variety that predates the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.

Tasting Notes: Gruits are a bit of a challenge for me, as they tend to come with some rather heavy spices. However, this one had very little spice to speak of, which really let the malt flavor through. I was reminded of a good bock or winter ale, with a smooth, rich malt base with some mild hints of cider, nutmeg and clove spice.

Appearance: Deep amber/red, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, hints of orchard fruit, minerals, alcohol, mild notes of nutmeg and clove
Taste: Smooth malt start, hint of dry cider and brown sugar, mild spices, mineral tang 
Aftertaste: Lingering malt and dry cider flavor, spices and minerals 
Overall: 8/10

Parallel 49 Bat Outta Hell Dark Helles Bock

parallel49_labelsBrewer: Parallel 49 / Bridge Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC
Style: Helles Bock
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: This beer is part of P49s Brews Brother Volume 2 set, offering 12 different beers that were the result of 12 different collaborations, and all inspired by rock and roll music.Bat Outta Hell (named in honor of the classic song by Meatloaf) is a Helles Bock brewed in collaboration with the fellow Vancouver-based Bridge Brewing.Company.

Tasting Notes: A nice first installment in the Brews Brothers pack. This beer has all the appealing characteristics of a Helles Bock. These includes a deep, rich brown color, and smooth and slightly sweet malt base, notes of brown sugar and molasses, a nice mineral tang, and a refreshing, clean finish.

Appearance: Dark brown, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malty aroma, hints of caramelized sugar, minerals, mild hops
Taste: Rich, smooth malt, mineral tang, hint of molasses, brown sugar, mild herbal hops
Aftertaste: Lingering sugars and malt flavor, mineral tang, clean finish
Overall: 8.5/10