What’s Next – Beer & Cheese! – November 10, 2015

Marty Rozon
Nov 10, 2015

This is the last beer tasting of our fall 2015 schedule, the popular Beer and Cheese. We welcome Adam Liddiard from Peasant Cheese, next door to Kensington Wine Market, and thank him for some great cheese pairings.

Tonight’s beer lineup:

1.  Thiriez/Jester King La Petite Princesse

A collaboration with Jester King, it’s the “sister” of Le Petit Prince; brewed at Thiriez, same recipe, different malt and hop suppliers, and different yeast. A Farmhouse table ale – light, fresh and delicious. Only 2.9% alcohol. This would be great on a summer evening on the patio. Perhaps mid-November is not ideal, but an easy start to the evening.

2. Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner

A midday go-to, Nooner is Sierra Nevada’s take on the classic German-style pilsner—one of the original session beers. Nooner is easy drinking yet packed with the big flavour of spicy and floral whole-cone hops. It’s great to finally have Sierra Nevada products available in Alberta.

3. Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau

An unequaled beer, at the top of the Kasteel spectrum. The aroma and flavour of Cuvée are those of a Kasteel Donker, that aged 10 years in the cellars of the castle, noble and strong. This beer is not actually 10 years old, just tastes like old Donker. A lovely dark Belgian ale, lots of malt and sweet molasses notes.

4. Phillips Green Reaper Fresh Hop

Freshly harvested Willamette hops went from vine to beer in less than 24 hours in this newly minted Fresh Hop annual release. It’s a craft beer apparition sent to show you the impact that fresh hops can make as it guides your taste buds to the aftertaste.

5. Brewdog Libertine Black Ale

A 7.2% wickedly decadent black beast of a beer that has been hammered with the epic Simcoe hop. With a drinkability that defies its colour and depth of flavour, Libertine delivers a dark hop bomb combining the west coast hop awesomeness of an IPA, the dark and indulgent malt flavours of big stout with a lightness on the palate that bellies the punch that this beer packs. Bags of flavour and loads of hops. I, for one, am glad the Brewdog guys left University science education to brew beer. Easily my favourite of the night.

6. Ninkasi Noir Milk Stout W/Coffee

Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable. This is a big beer, but the lactose softens the coffee edges and makes it so drinkable.

Tonight’s favourites as voted by the tasting participants:

1.    Kasteel Cuvee du Chateau
2.    Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner

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