May 17th

Sorry for the long delay, but it was hard to shake the vacation feeling and get motivated to blog (though I’ll be paying for it this week). To warm up my fingers and brain, here is a quick post of my final night in Toronto before heading to Virginia/DC.

Things started with a can of Creemore Kellerbier, with the hopes that it would redeem itself after a mediocre first can. The hops were definitely more present, especially in the aroma. It was bready, had lots of refreshing orange peel flavours and a cleansing hoppy finish. After a year of retrospection, it is nothing to go ga-ga over, but pretty darn tasty. It is a beer that can change from batch to batch, so that alone will probably keep it in the Summer rotation.

The Kellerbier was followed later in the evening by the St. Ambroise Vintage Ale from this past year. As with many strong ales, this was meant to be aged for a while but I have never been a big fan of doing so. Not only do I not have the space (both physically and one that is temperature controlled), but I think that strong ales should still be drinkable when they are young. Yes, they will be a little rough, though that can still be an enjoyable experience. And don’t you want to know what it tastes like? Why age something that tastes like crap to begin with? Not that the Vintage Ale tastes like crap, but it didn’t taste great to me. It was overly sweet (toffee, orange, figs) and alcoholic with very little hoppiness to help balance everything out. Maybe it gets better with age, but it isn’t starting from a good base.

Creemore Kellerbier on Ratebeer

St. Ambroise Vintage Ale on Ratebeer

Today: 775mL. Year-to-date: 101.58L.

I’ll be starting blogging about the DC trip tomorrow and catching up on all the beer news that passed last week.

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