Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Beer # 138 The Princess Wears Girl Pants Sawdust City Brewing Company

The Princess Wears Girl Pants


Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
Independent
Belgian Golden Ale 9.0 % ABV Brown Glass bottle 650 ml
$7.95 (Canadian) At LCBO 
Twitter: @sawdustcitybeer

Back to Sawdust City. Hard to believe but this is only the third Sawdust brew I have tried. (Lone Pine IPA and Gateway Kolsch are the other two). It seems I have always been in the wrong place at the wrong time and Sawdust Brews are usually snapped up pretty quick whenever they (rarely) hit the LCBO. Thankfully, it seems there is a nice continuous supply of both Lone Pine, and tonight's offering in my local LCBO from now on. Sawdust City is somewhat known for their irreverent names (Long Dark Voyage to Uranus... I'm looking at you...) and tonight's beer is no exception. In fact Sawdust City just brought home a Judges Choice award from the US Open Beer Championship for "Most Creative Name" for the Princess. (well they brought home a silver for that other "Voyage" beer too, but we aren't talking about that one tonight). This batch of Princess is significant too, as it marks the last batch of Sawdust beer made and bottled at the  Black Oak Brewery in Oakville where Sawdust City has been brewing it's beer under contract since the brewery's inception. This beer has been high on my wish list for quite sometime and I am very happy to finally check it off. Without further ado...

All hail the Princess...

Colour is clear gold with a slight green tinge. The white head is thin and comprised of small bubbles. Aroma is bright green hops, earthy, hay, herbal. First taste is fruity, citrus, herbal. Hoppy, and floral, tangy, sweet. Some spice and mineral quality. Aeration is very warming, malty, floral and deeply herbal.

Impressions: Fail, So-so, Pass, Exceptional 


Cost: 5/6 PASS

Colour: 5/6 PASS
Princess Perry is not amused...
Beer Style: 5/6 PASS
Re-Order:  5/6 PASS
Experience:  5/6 PASS


Final Thoughts: 


This is a brilliant beer. Lovely, well rounded. Very fresh, and complex in flavour. This was certainly worth the wait. And now that it is gone, it brings sort of a balance back to Pint Jockey Headquarters. As Perry, the stepper of keyboards and bringer of typos firmly believes she is the only Princess allowed in the house.



Cheers


CJT




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