New Wave Milkshake IPA – Bieres Jukebox


From Bieres Jukebox subcontracted at Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie in Montreal comes their “New Wave Milkshake IPA”.  Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer!  The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange juice, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple and some mild lactose.  The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, mango, vanilla with some grain, resin, pine, lactose and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 50.  This Milkshake IPA is not as sweet as some but it is quite on point with tones of fruit flavours and a lower than average bitterness.  I really enjoyed this beer and am stoked I had the opportunity to try it out!

Commercial Description:  No time for the flat iron! Take out your hairspray, adorn your prettiest magenta glitter vest and vibrate in tune with the hippest synthesizer in town!  Jukebox New Wave Milkshake IPA is in the house!  With its opaque orange juice-ish hue, its decadent tropical hoppiness and its luscious lactose and vanilla sweetness, it will knock the white socks off of even the most seasoned IPA enthusiast.

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Soirée Dieu Du Ciel (tickets on sale now) – Steel Toad Brewpub


Dieu Du Ciel is a highly celebrated Quebec brewery as we all know in BC but now we will have a chance to try a bunch of rare beers here in Vancouver. The event takes place on September 25th 2017 between 2pm and 5pm. 

The event is being held at Steel Toad Brewpub in the Brewery Creek neighborhood of Vancouver. Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative glass and 4 beer tokens. Extra tokens can be purchased at the event. 

The founder and master brewer will be on hand to meet and discuss the beer. 

They will be bringing 12 plus beer that have never been available in BC before. Cheers for Untapped, Steel Toad Brewpub and Dieu Du Ciel for putting on this event. I hope to see you there. 

Purchase your tickets here!

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Grande Noirceur Imperial Stout – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Grande Noirceur Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate but my nose must have been off as most smell far more than that. The flavour was of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, ash, anise, caramel, bitterness and a sweet finish. For the alcohol content sitting at 9% this beer does a pretty good job of masking it. Dieu Du Ciel are masters of stouts and this beer is no different.

Commercial Description: The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.

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Solstice d’hiver – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


Seasonal Release

From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Solstice d’hiver” a winter seasonal Barleywine.  The beer pours a deep ruby colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of malts, dark fruits and a decent floral hops kick.  The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, caramel, hops bitterness, earthy and some alcohol warming.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.2% as per bottle (website says 9%).  I am a big fan of barleywines and this beer is no different in as much as I think it tastes great.

Commercial Description:  This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer.

Solstice d’hiver is brewed only once a year, at the end of the summer. It is then aged for a few months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.

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Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Aphrodisiaque” a strong stout.  The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and molasses.  The flavour is of tones of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and hops bitterness.  This stout is a bit more smokey that I would usually go for but it worked really well.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.

Commercial Description:  Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.

Check out my Build Your Own 6 Pack that this was a part of!

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