Schreeuwuil (Screech Owl) Double IPA – Brouwerij Het Uiltje

From Brouwerij Het Uiltje in Haarlem Netherlands comes their “Schreeuwuil (Screech Owl) Double IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of huge juicy fruits including tropical and citrus, caramel, sweetness and some floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus and overall really fruity, resin, pine, caramel and bitterness but not as much as you would expect but it does have a dankness to it.  This beer has a ton of body and comes in at 9% alcohol with an IBU of 90.  This was a nice little find and I am glad that I had the chance to try it.

Commercial Description:  This big-bird-couloured-blue-bastard is our IIPA. This beer will rock and F*ck up your taste buds for sure. A double IPA as a double IPA should be. A full bodied palate wrecker of a hop bomb. We dry hop this bad-boy in every tank to get all those tropical, fruity, piney and citrusy aromas and flavors in there. For this mofo we use 8 different American hop varieties! And it’s the beer with the most hops in it and for that reason no beer to put away. IPA means drink fresh!   Obviously unfiltered and unpasteurized.


Disco Beer (Red and White) – Evil Twin Brewing

From Copenhagen Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing (brewed at the Brouwerij De Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands) comes their “Disco Beer” a double IPA.  The disco beer is usually aged in white wine chardonnay barrels but there was also a special batch brewed using red wine chardonnay barrels.  This post will rate them side by side!


The only way to tell the two different beer apart before cracking the beer open is the colour of the caps.  The cap colour is fairly self explanatory although the bottle does not hint at this at all!

First up is the Original White Chardonnay barrel aged version.

This beer pours a copper colour with a huge explosive head that builds and builds!  The aroma consists of malts, woodiness, mild pine, white wine and floral hops.  The flavour is of malts, floral hops, pine, white wine and some woodiness from the barrels.  This is a pretty nice although different double IPA.


Next up is the red wine chardonnay barrel aged version of the beer.

This beer pours a cloudy copper/orange colour with a small red tinged white head.  The aroma is of malts, sweetness, red wine, woodiness and dark fruit.  The flavour consists of  very sweet malts, hops ,red wine, woodiness, nuts and dark fruits.  This may be a double IPA but it sure tastes like a barleywine!


Both beer drink very differently and would not be recognizable side by side!  One tastes like a double IPA and one tastes of a Barleywine.  I love how much a change in wine barrel and some malts can completely change the aroma, flavour and complexities of a beer!  As I like both barleyines and double IPA’s I can not pick a favorite.  The alcohol content of both these beer is 10.5%.  If you are looking for an IPA go for the regular cap but if you want to play a bit go red all the way!

Commercial Descriptions:

White Version:  Discobeer is a vinous IPA thoughtfully aged on Chardonnay wine barrels. This rock star of a beer is a real party starter. No more shy beer geek. Drink it and you will own the dance floor.

Red Version:  Special version of our infamous Disco Beer, this time brewed with a slight darker malt profile and aged on Chardonnay red wine barrels instead of the usual white wine barrels.

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Mongozo B.V.

Gluten Free Beer

From the Netherlands Mongozo B.V. (Brewed at at the Huyghe Brewery) comes their “Mongozo Premium Pilsener” a gluten free, organic and certified fair trade beer.  This gluten-fee beer is unlike other as it still uses barley malts in the brewing process.  They then remove the gluten using an innovative technique that leaves less than 10ppm (parts per million) of gluten.  Being a gluten free beer they also use rice in the brewing process but it is Max Havelaar Fairtrade certified organic rice.  This beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a very small head.  The aroma of this brew is just as any other pilsner with light malts and grassy hops although it does finish with a slight fruity/sweet aroma.  The flavour, like the aroma smells like most pilsners with mild malts and hops but also contains a hint of rice.  The brew also displays a slightly fruity and fairly sweet aftertaste.  The alcohol content of this beer is 5%.  I would rate this Pilsner among my favorite pilsners to date regardless of the gluten free rating.  This is not a style I frequent to often but in the summer this would be a great patio beer for sure!

Commercial Description:  Mongozo Premium Pilsner is a Fairtrade, organic and gluten-fee lager with an alcohol content of 5%.  Mongozo Premium Pilsner is the first lager in the world brewed to combine three unique elements: Max Havelaar Fairtrade, organic and gluten-free in one bottle.  It is also the first fairtrade lager in the world and tastes uncommonly good.  The new beer has a mild, slightly bitter flavour of hops and is easy to drink.  The beer is brewed using only high-grade organic barley malt, organic hops and fairtrade certified-organic rice.

As of February 2013 this beer is available at The Brewery Creek, Viti Wine and Lager, Firefly Fine Wines and Ales and 16th Street Liquor Store in Metro Vancouver or can be ordered directly throught your local BC Liquor Store.


La Trappe Tripel – Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven

From the Brewery Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven located at the O.L.V. Koningshoeven Abby in the Netherlands comes the “La Trappe Tripel” a Belgian Tripel.  This is the only Trappist brewery located outside of Belgium and only 1 or 7 in the world.  These Monks know their beer and laws have been passed to make sure only they can call their beer Trappist beer.  This beer pours a cloudy unfiltered amber colour with an off white head.  To the nose you will get a sweet yeasty aroma with apple, pear, candied sugar.  The flavor is complex with some apple, pear, banana, grapes with a strong yeasty character.  This beer is fairly sweet overall but not overpowering with no alcohol flavor what so ever.  This is one of my favorite Trappist Beers to date.  The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 8%.