Tuesday, 6 August 2013

1892 Traditional Ale

According to the tag line on the bottle, Quidi Vidi Brewing Company's 1892 Traditional Ale is "Reviving the brewing tradition of Pre-Confederation Newfoundland". According the tour guide at our brewery tour, this gem of a beer is brewed according to an historic recipe circa 1892.The "1892" comes from the year of the last great St. John's fire.

1892 comes in 341mL bottles and contains 5% alcohol. It pours an inviting, clear amber colour and has very little head or carbonation. It has a warm, brown sugar and malt aroma. This beer is both simple and nuanced. The flavour is malty and well rounded, with brown sugar notes and a malty finish.

1892 is easily (in my opinion anyway) the crown jewel of the Quidi Vidi collection. I'd love to see a bit more head on a pour, but this stuff works.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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