Dominion City Brewing Co. Morningside Blonde Ale on Coffee Beans


Pours a light, clear amber. An intriguing nose that flits between hints of resin, florals, sweet caramel and smoke. Smooth on the palate with some hops bitterness augmented by a not unpleasant coffee grounds astringency that drifts towards a smoked/cured meats vibe as it warms in the glass. A complex beer with a lot going on. If you’re in the Ottawa area it would definitely be worthwhile to stop-by the brewery to pick up a grumbler’s* worth. 

*(A ‘grumbler’ is apparently the term for Dominion City’s adorable and almost literally pint-sized reinterpretation of the larger growler.)

Beau’s New Lang Syne Belgian Tripel Ale Aged in White Wine Barrels and Bottle-Conditioned

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Pours cloudy golden-yellow, pale-orange. Mango and white pepper on the nose. The barrel influence is definitely present on the palate along with the residual yeast, hinting towards a tart, light white wine with the white pepper rushing back onstage during the finish for a welcome curtain call. This was drank as part of a ‘wine’ and cheese pairing event for my Dad’s birthday and I highly recommending it with a triple creme cheese like the one with which we paired it. Thank you Beau’s and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Oast House Brewers Bière de Noël Farmhouse Ale

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Pours dark black-brown with a thick and plentiful café-au-lait head. Smoky and malty on the nose and palate with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and black liquorice. A classic winter warmer.

Wellington Brewery 30th Anniversary Ale

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Pours deep mahogany. Caramel on the nose. Smooth and full-bodied with sweet molasses maltiness on the palate. The finish is joined by a hint of gingerbread spice. Truly a celebration. Highly recommended.

Oast House Biere De Garde Farmhouse Ale

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Pours cloudy dark amber-brown. Notes of toffee and crème brûlée on the nose. The palate is smoky and reminiscent of Rauchbier with much more sweetness. The finish is velvety smooth and pleasant. Recommended.
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