Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 09 – Burly Goat Weizenbock – Granville Island Brewing

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 09 – Burly Goat Weizenbock – Granville Island Brewing

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Thanks go out to Phil for the beer I’m having Today.

This is yet another offering from Granville Island Brewing‘s black notebook series.  I quite enjoyed the last one – the One-Two Punch Belgian IPA (reviewed here) so I am looking forward to giving this one a go.

Stats: OG 19ºP / BU 35 / 650ML / 7.9% alc. vol / Darky Ruby

I’ve never had a Weizenbock (pronounced veye-tssen-bock) but I gather it is a stronger unfiltered version of a Hefeweizen,  at least that’s what this cool website tells me.  In fact – let’s  go to beer school and quote from the website shall we:

Comparable to the barley-based regular Bockbier (see there) a Weizenbock is the strong version of an unfiltered Weissbier or Hefeweizen. It is usually made with 60 to 70% wheat malt (German law requires that a Weizenbier, regardless of strength, be made from at least 50% wheat). The other 30 to 40% tend to be so-called Pils, Vienna or Munich malts. These are pale to amber, and sometimes slightly caramelized barley malts that give the beer a full-bodied mouthfeel, a rich and satisfying malty finish, and—depending on the barley malt’s color—a more or less opaque appearance. While regular Bockbiers are lagers, Weizenbocks are all ales. They are fermented with a special yeast that gives the brew a slightly spicy, clove-like flavor. For more on German wheat beers, see Weissbier.

There we have it – that’s what we can expect,  now let’s crack open the bottle and see what the story is.

The beer pours a dark ruby, appears unfiltered and has very pretty head with uniform bubbling.  The head wants to stay around a good while.

Beermas 2013-2014 - Burly Goat Weizenbock - GIB

Beermas 2013-2014 – Burly Goat Weizenbock – GIB

Let’s check the aroma – cloves, banana, wheat.

Let’s taste: SO DELICIOUS!  I’m not joking.  I really like this beer.  The Hefeweizen is one of my favorite beer styles, so a more flavourful and bold version is very welcome.

The Verdict: This is a contender for my favorite Beermas 2013-2014 beer.  Rebuy again and again.

Cheers and see you on Beermas Day 10!

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Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 04 – One-Two Punch Belgian IPA – Granville Island Brewing

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 04 – One-Two Punch Belgian IPA – Granville Island Brewing

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I’ve enjoyed the limited release series of beers from GIB and I’m hoping that trend of tasty unique offerings continues with the Black Notebook series of brew master Vern Lambourne.

The bottle artwork is done so that it looks like a page out of the brew masters personal brewing notebook – a charming approach.  This particular beer combines 2 different styles of beer in one hence the One-Two Punch.  Part Belgian Abbey beer, part Pacific Northwest IPA, this beer should prove to be a fruity, bitter tasty treat.

One-Two Punch Belgian IPA by GIB

One-Two Punch Belgian IPA by GIB

The stats: 650ML bottle / 7.8% alc.vol / 75 BU / OG 18°P
For an interesting read on what BU’s and OG mean etc – checkout this article.

I’ve poured the beer – it has a coppery appearance or as they say on the bottle (which is much cooler) – burnished copper.   Has about a thumb and a half of head on it.  The aroma is very much in line with a spicy fruity Belgian style beer such as Maudite from Unibroue for instance.  This one seems more smooth and less effervescent and bold. Only one way to find out…  Let’s give it a taste.

Yum!  Tastes like it smells.  🙂  More Belgian than IPA but I’m glad for that.  Interesting mix of Europe and Canada here.  I’ve got it at just the right temperature having taken it out of the fridge a good 15-20 minutes before the review

The verdict:  Definitely a re-buy and would pair very well as they suggest  with  brisket or roasted turkey.  Tasty beer indeed.

Cheers – See you on Beermas Day 05.

Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 12 – Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

The Beer:
Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

 

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

 

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The Text Breakdown:

Visual – The beer bottle has wax on the top. ARGH! Its pretty but stop doing it brewers. Granted, this one was easier to open than the other breweries wax topped brew, its more trouble than its worth. The beer pours a dark brown showing signs of mild carbonation.

Aroma – Vanilla, Oak, Bourbon, Caramel.

Taste – OMG. This beer is soooooooooo GOOD! It is dangerously smooth. I’ve had stouts that were near this in terms of alcohol content that were far more rough a brew. I’m tasting the bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. This is a smooth sippin’ mellowing brew that deserves your undivided tastebud attention. I think this could be the best beer I have had throughout Beermas and possibly from last year and this year. Granville Island Limited Release offerings have been stellar which surprises me when the regular beers they offer are in my opinion middle of the road. But beers like the Jolly Abbott and the Imperial Chocolate Stout and now this one are such standouts, I am without question going to buy the next Granville Island Limited Release beer.

Happy Beermas to you all. For those of you that made new years resolutions, I wish you the best of luck with those going forward into the new year. Those of you staying the course, best of luck to you as well.

May the new year be full of good times and good spirits and perhaps we will see you in Beeroween. 🙂

Cheers.