Brews Brothers — First 4

 Well this took longer than expected, but I am finally going to let you know what some of these beers taste like. For some reason now that school is over I feel like I have less time to write, I’m not sure how that happened.

The first beer I tried was the Table Saison by Dageraad & Parallel 49.


I was very exited to try this one because I hadn’t tried anything by Dageraad before. Overall I was pretty disappointed in it. It definitely wasn’t the best one to start with.

It smells like a Saison- wheat, citrus, and a hint of hops.

It is way too carbonated for my liking. The first few sips were hard to get down because of all the carbonation. Once you get past that, the flavor is nice. It’s not the best Saison I’ve ever had but it’s not the worst either.

Overall this beer is decent but disappointing.

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Next I tried the collaboration with Strom Brewery & Parallel 49. This one is a Basil IPA.

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I thought this one sounded kind of gross so I figured I would get it out of the way early on. How good could bitter basil be? Much to my surprise this one ended up being one of my favorites. I could drink this all day every day.

It smells how you would expect it to, like basil and hops.

It tastes like sweet basil ending on a bitter note. It reminds me of home made pizza for some reason. Its a unique flavor that I wish more breweries would play with.

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The next 2 that I tried were pretty average. They were good but nothing amazing, not like the one above.

Townsite Brewery & Parallel 49 – Black Table Saison

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A black saison was new to me so this one was interesting. I am a big saison fan but I had no idea what to expect from this one. The smell surprised me; it smells very malty with a hint of toffee and chocolate.

It tasted pretty similar to a coffee or chocolate beer. It has a slight bitterness balanced by a slight sweetness near the end.

This beer was a little weird for my liking. It’s flavour is nice but if I’m in a saison mood this is not what I would pick up. If I was in a coffee or chocolate beer mood this one would fit better, but I would probably choose an actual espresso beer over this one.

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Brassneck Brewery & Parallel 49– Post Classic Pilsner

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I’m not a pilsner fan but this one was pretty good. I usually find pilsners kind of bland and boring- maybe I just haven’t tried the right one yet.

This pilsner, like all the others I have tried, smells like beer. I have no other way to describe it.

The flavour is very mild and very smooth. It ends on a nice bitter note. Overall it’s a decent beer but not something that I would look for when I’m shopping for beer.

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Hopefully you got our hands on this mixer, if you did let me know which ones you liked the best

Persephone Rum Runner Red Ale

I am so excited to finally launch my first blog post on Beer With Brooke. Check out the about me page If you want to know a little bit about me and kind of beer I usually drink. I also have a rating system page so you can see what I’m basing my rating off of. Now to get to the fun stuff!

Persephone brewery: Gibsons, BC

Rum Runner Red Ale

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Size: 650 ml
Price: $7.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store
Alc/Vol: 6%
IBU: 45

When I cracked open this beer I was really excited to finally get this blog going. I didn’t read any reviews or descriptions of Rum Runner so that I wouldn’t have any bias to influence my first impression. The only bias I had was the name of the beer “Rum Runner”. It funny how much label or name can influence our perceptions. Rum Runner doesn’t have any taste of rum in the slightest, which is real disappointment for a pirate like me.

The beer smells like a malty caramel creation with a hint of hops. That coupled with the deep mahogany colouring is very inviting to the senses, begging you to take a sip.

At the first sip I was taken back, I had been expecting a smooth sweet rum flavour with a hint of bitterness. Instead I was attacked by hops biting my tongue with the sip ending in a sweet malty flavour.

After the initial shock I started to taste the beer for what it is; a hoppy beer with a sweet end. The hops taste like pine and citrus while the sweet ending has a malt flavour. The balance of the beer seemed odd to me as the hops and the sweetness were equally intense. I would have liked the beer more if the sweetness at the end had been more subtle rather than taking over my taste buds. Once the sweetness leaves you are left with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Over all this beer was decent. I would recommend it if pine hops are your thing, otherwise I’d say there are better beers out there.

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