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Next up was a CJM Brown Royale by Amsterdam Brewery here in Toronto.  7.2% ABV in a 500ml bottle.

I loved this beer.  It was almost black with a great mocha head.  There was lots of roast and nutty sweet cocoa on the nose.  A really malty brew with hits of molasses, espresso, roast, and nuts.  Delicious!

Brown Royale


A lovely reddish-brown beer with a nice roast and toasty malt backbone with a tinge of caramel sweetness brewed by Toronto’s own Amsterdam Brewery.

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This beer has been making the rounds in Toronto for a while and I always really enjoy it.

So this has been a long overdue review since I have had this beer so many times.   It is one of my favourite IPA’s.

About the Beer – It poured a reddish copper colour with a great head.  The nose is full of malt and hops.  Lots of floral and citrus notes, you definitley pickup grapefruit.  Very complex hop aroma.  The flavour was great.  Some sweetness and rich malt at the start then you are hit with some bitterness.  Again floral and citrus on the palate mixed with some orange peel and pine.  So yummy!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I love this beer.  Wish it was available all the time.

EDIT:  It is now available in the LCBO

Picked some of this up today at the Amsterdam Brewery.

I first tried this beer during the Amsterdam Tap Take-Over at Castro’s Lounge then at Barvolo.  I was happy to hear they were going to bottle it.  I believe they only bottled 400 so grab some while you can.  They come in a cool wax dipped bottle.

About the Beer – It poured a lovely black colour with a nice mocha head.  The aroma was of roasted cocoa, rye, and maybe a hint of licorice.  The flavour was nice and complex.  It started with a nice shot of sweetness that was quickly followed by a hit of coffee.  The middle was full of cocoa, roast, and a touch of herbal notes.  The finish had a bitter tinge of espresso.  The beer was super velvety in the mouth.Wax Dipped

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this is a very nice beer.  Glad I have 9 more!

Not sure what I was expecting but this sure wasn’t it.

Paul is usually pretty good at finding me some real winners when it comes to beer.  This one was not one of them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the guys at Amsterdam and their seasonal’s are excellent but this beer just doesn’t appeal to me.

About the Beer – It poured a lovely copper colour.  The nose was a bit hoppy with some fruit and grain.  The flavour did not remind me of  a pale ale at all.  More like a vienna lager??  Lots of grain flavor.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, not my cup of tea as they say.

Not my cup of tea.

I am probably not the best person to review this beer as I am not a big fan of these types of Amber Ales.

About the Beer – It poured a copper colour with not much head.  The aroma was of sweet malt, biscuit and a bit of grass.  The beer started out with a sweet grain and bread flavor followed by some light fruit and a bit of grassy hops.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, not enough complexity for me but I can see how this would appeal to a lot of the beer drinking market.

Maybe there is some Vitamin C in this beer!

I thought I would give a fruit beer a try to see if the flavours can penetrate my cold.  Bad Idea!

About the Beer – It pours a very clear copper colour with an OK head.  The aroma was of raspberry and strangely, black currant.  The taste had only a hint of raspberry with a herbal finish.  The cold is really killing the palate.  The mouth feel was very light.

Would I Drink it Again? – I will give it another go once this cold is gone.

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