Stag Apple Scotch Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their “Stag Apple Scotch Ale”.  The beer pours a deep red colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of apples and some other fruit, toffee, toasted malts and cinnamon.  The flavour is of apple, mild dark fruits, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, earth, resin and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at a fairly hefty 8%.  While often apple in beer is a sign of a bad beer (it can be an off flavour) the addition of real apples to this beer make for a really pleasing mix of flavours.


The Trinity Series – Half Pints Brewing


Half Pints Brewing from Winnipeg Manitoba has created a new mixed 6 pack called the “Trinity Series”.  The series includes 3 different beers called The Father (Belgian Dubbel), The Son (Belgian Pale) and the Holy Spirit (Belgian Wit).  The religious overtone of this set probably ties in with the fact that Belgium has so many Trappist Monasteries that brew beer.

The Father (Belgian Dubbel)


The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruit, earth, malts and yeast.  The flavour is of earth, dark fruits, sweet brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts, some mild bitterness and a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.2% and an IBU of 20.  This was my favourite of the three beer in the series as it was a pretty good representation of a style that I really enjoy.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in the Belgian Dubbel style, The Father is our first beer in the Half Pints Holy Trinity series. Brewed using divine inspiration and a combination of Vienna, Dark Crystal, and Biscuit malts, this full bodied ale is hopped with Czech Saaz and Styrian Goldings. The special yeast strain we have used creates the aroma of ripe fruit while an addition of Demerara sugar creates a dry finish which Monastic brewers say lends a “digestible” quality to the beer. Try it with Manitoba Trappist Cheese or with a simple family dinner of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, and honey glazed carrots. Serve at 8 degrees celcius in a wide mouthed chalice. Unfiltered. 20 IBUs.

The Son (Belgian Pale)


The beer poured a cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, fruit and Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of banana, mild dark fruits, yeast, malts and some mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 22.

Commercial Description:  Brewed with divine inspiration and a combination of pale 2-row, Vienna, and medium crystal malts, this snappy ale is finished with East Kent Goldings and Czech Saaz hops. A special blend of yeast strains creates a malty, fruity aroma with a decidedly spicy finish. Try it with the Belgian classic mussels and pomme frites or falafel, fresh pita, and roasted garlic Tzaziki. Serve at 6 C. in a wide mouthed chalice. Unfiltered. 22 IBUs.

The Holy Spirit (Belgian Wit)


The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, citrus and a bit bready.  The flavour is of yeast, wheat, bready, citrus and a mild sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19.  This beer was well crafted and quite refreshing.

Commercial Description:  Brewed with divine inspiration and a combination of pale 2-row, raw wheat, and oats, this ale is steeped with a complex blend of spices including coriander, Curacao orange peels, and Kaffir lime leaves. It is hopped with Centennial and Czech Saaz for a citrus flower finish. Beneath the bright white head, the cloudy golden body holds a surprising depth of flavours with pepper, grapefruit, and a vibrant acidity. Serve at 6 C. in a tumbler. Unfiltered. 19 IBUs.


This was a very interesting project and I was quite happy to be able to sample one of the 6 packs myself.  Keep up the good work Half Pints! I also love the fact that they had a beautiful glass made up for this series that was available for purchase at the brewery.

Commercial Description for 6 pack:  Brewed with divin inspiration, Half Pints Trinity series is a beer lover’s pilgrimage into the variety and complexity of Belgian beer.  Using a special yeast blend from two distinct Belgian monasteries we created The Father, a strong and fruity Belgian Dubbel.  We then harvested the yeast from The Father which begat The Son, a snappy Belgian Pale.  This same yeast concoction was then taken from The Son and used once again which begat The Holy Spirit, a heavenly spice Belgian Witbier.  On the Seventh day, we tested.

Smouldering Smoked Porter – Moody Ales

From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Smouldering Smoked Porter” a beer I acquired in their new 946ml crowler cans.  I poured this entire can into my brand new 56oz glass (what a great Christmas gift).  The beer poured a deep black with a big brown head with some lasting lacing.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke and some caramel.  The flavour is of huge smoke, roasted malts, burnt coffee, wood, bitterness, chocolate and a mild dark fruit finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 19.  I am not a huge fan of smoked beer but I thought I would give this one a chance.  It is not something I would drink every day but if you like a good smoked ale this would be a great choice.

Commercial Description:  Ever wanted to drink the char marks on your steak?  Now you can!  Our Smouldering Porter contains copious amounts of beechwood smoked malts and is fermented with a clean yeast to showcase the smoky aromas of barbecued meats and wood fire.  It is equally well suited to the summer, where it pairs well with charred red meat, and the winter, where it pairs well with the fireplace.