Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Oct 3

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. The pumpkin ales and fresh-hopped ales are really rolling in now, with even more arriving in the coming weeks. Don’t miss out on these limited edition brews as they come and go quickly. Stay tuned here and to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for all the latest info.

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And speaking of great craft beer, do you know about our Beer Mail program? Every two weeks we put together a new and different selection of 12 large-format beers (2 bottles each of 6 different beers), which we can send to any city in BC. So, if you’re reading this from someplace that doesn’t have good access to a killer selection of craft beer like we offer, think about ordering a case from us. Or maybe you live here in Victoria, but you want to send a gift or a beery care package. Ordering is easy, safe & secure and your beer arrives well-packed and in great shape. Just click here for details: BEER MAIL.

And without further ado, here’s what’s new:


Breakside Passionfruit Sour Ale 650ml 4.5% (Portland)
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with an orange tint. Notes of tart peach and passionfruit on the nose. The palate is beautifully tart, crisp and dry with nice natural passionfruit notes. This is a Berliner weisse with passionfruit and it’s very well-balanced, with a pleasant lingering tartness.


Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale 5.2% 600ml (Ontario)
Pours a bright golden yellow colour. Bright lemon notes on the nose with some grainy malt notes, as well. Hint of honey sweetness up front, followed by light lemony citrus notes and grainy malt on the palate. Chuggable!


Steel + Oak Satsuma Dry Hopped Lager 5.2% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a deep golden yellow colour. Floral mandarin and cereal grain notes on the nose. Delicate hop notes of mandarin, citrus and pine on the palate with a bitter bite on the finish. Great hybrid.


Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus 4% 750ml (Belgium)
Pours a burnt amber colour. Cooked pumpkin and cinnamon spice notes on the nose. Initially tart with muted cinnamon notes, bit of sweetness and nice apple cider zing on the finish. Great fall flavours!


St.-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale 4-pks 5% (Quebec)
Pours a pumpkin orange- brown colour. Strong notes of  classic pumpkin pie/spice on the nose. Big malty pumpkin taste with well-balanced spice notes on the palate. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.


Fuggles & Warlock The Last Mango Wit 4.9% 650ml (Richmond)
Pours a cloudy, almost viscous, mango orange colour. Huge notes of sweet, creamy mango on the nose. Bit of witbier spice up front with creamy lactose and mango juice notes. Slight bitter finish.


Modern Time Fortunate Islands Hoppy Wheat Beer 5% 4pk tall (San Diego)
Pours a bright golden yellow colour. Funky hop notes of resin, spice and pine on the nose. Citrusy on the palate with hop notes of resin, tropical fruit and spice.Crushable!

Modern Time Black House Coffee Stout 5.8% 4pk tall (San Diego)
Pours a black coffee colour. Notes of black coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Huge roasty coffee notes on the palate with a little bit of sweetness and a hint of char and smoke.


Laurelwood Hipster Sunburn Farmhouse Ale 5% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a clear lemon yellow colour. Spice bouquet and lemony citrus on the nose. Dry and light bodied with some tart citrus, peppery spice and cloves notes. Big carbonation.


Phillips Toothless Sour Pumpkin Ale 4.7% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a burnt pumpkin colour. Pleasant cinnamon and baking spice notes on the nose. Dry and sour on the palate with lots of pumpkin spice and just a touch of sweetness. A nice take on the style.
Also available: Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale and Crooked-er Tooth Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale


Dageraad Lake City Farmhouse Ale 5.2% 650ml (Burnaby)
Pours a rich lemon yellow colour. Aromas of honey, saison spice and brett funk on the nose. Funky with notes of clovey/peppery spice and tart fruit. Dry finish, big carbonation.


Persephone/Driftwood King Tide Saison 8.6% 650ml (Victoria/Gibsons)
Pours a rich burnt orange colour. Notes of dried herbal tea, candied orange and booze on the nose. Macerated peach, citrus and baking spice on the palate. Boozy!


Phillips Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA 6.5% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours deep yellow colour. Hint of vegetal notes with citrusy/resiny hops on the nose. Big spicy hop notes on the palate with a good sweet/bitter balance.


Twin Sails Space Armadillo Double IPA 8.6% 4pk (Port Moody)
Pours a hazy orange colour. Mega hop notes of mandarin, spice and resin on the nose. Uber fruity on the palate with some spice notes and plenty of residual sweetness.