La Résolution 2015 – Unibroue

From Chambly Quebec’s Unibroue comes the “La Résolution 2015″ a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of toffee, sweetness, dark fruits and gingerbread.  The flavour is of toffee, dark fruits, anise, roasted malts, caramel, gingerbread with a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 21.5.  I haven’t had a Unibroue beer for a while and this was the right one to come back to!  The flavour was great and really works in the winter months.

Commercial Description:  La Résolution is a dark ale with spicy character inspired by a recipe our brewmaster Jerry Vietz created for his friends.  At 10% alcohol, its spicy caramel aroma evolves on the palate into pleasant and complex notes of toffee with reminiscence of a tasty gingerbread.  The perfect balance between spicy, caramel and roasted malt flavours is complemented by a nice roundness and persistent finish.


The Twelve Beers if Christmas – 7 – Vancouver Island Brewery Dough Head Gingerbread Ale

(From Vancouver Island Brewery out of Victoria, Added by Mike)

My seventh beer of Christmas is Vancouver Island Brewery’s Dough Head Gingerbread Ale.

This is a great looking beer, very reminiscent of gingerbread. The brown body has small orange highlight with a white head.

On the nose this is very gingery with a quick follow up of nutmeg and cinnamon. Rather than gingerbread this is more like a deconstruction of gingerbread, each flavour presenting itself after another. It is actually a fun way of tasting a beer, waiting for each flavour to surface. There isn’t much actual beer flavour except a slight hint of hop just at the end.

The Twelve Beers of Christmas – 5 – Russell Brewing Naughty and Spiced Porter

(Russell Brewing is located in Surrey BC added by Mike G)

My Fifth Beer of Christmas, Russell Brewings Naughty and Spiced Porter.

Off-white head with black body with very little light let through.

There are some wonderful, though faint, gingerbread spice smells in this beer. It immediately brings Christmas to mind.

This is a nicely complex beer. Some light bitterness from the hops but mostly clean pine that quickly gives way to a gingery malt. A light chocolate finish completes the beer.


Dough Head Gingerbread Ale – Vancouver Island Brewery

O’hare’s Beer Club December 2012 Box

Limited Release

From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes their “Dough Head Gingerbread Ale” a spiced ale.  The colour of the beer is an amber/brown with an off white head.  The aroma of this brew consists of overwhelmingly of gingerbread!  You also detect notes of ginger, clove, malts and cinnamon on the nose.  The flavour of the beer is not far off from the aroma with every sip consisting of an overwelming gingerbread flavour with notes of malts, cinnamon, clove, ginger and an ever so slight hint of hops.  This beer is like drinking a gingerbread man!  I keep on hearing “Not the gum drop buttons!”.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5.5% and an IBU of 25.  This is a great beer to share with a friend!

Commercial Description: Mix and pat, and bake in a pan, get this gingerbread ale while you can. Dough Head mixes the best of brewing and baking to create a beer with a touch of spice that is balanced with a malty sweetness. So instead of a trail of breadcrumbs through the dark forest, follow this delicious treat for a pint of perfection!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Jerk Chicken or sushi

Click here to check out the December Box

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