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Postby skaghevn » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:12 pm

Jonah Hex wrote:
Shame that both sets have the same product #.

The Erin Mills Mississauga LCBO only had the non-Kelpie set.


You wouldn't think creating a second product number would be that much work, but then maybe the 'BO never expects many with the Kelpie to show up and so can't be arsed.

If you can't find a set, do let me know -- I picked up two when I was at Summerhill.
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Postby S. St. Jeb » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:07 pm

I know the general feeling of most of you about Trafalgar....I'm not as hard on them. One thing I find interesting is that I rarely, if ever, read any news about them, and then one day I see a new beer from them in the LCBO.

Saw this yesterday while in an Oakville store.

TRAFALGAR NORTHERN HARVEST
LCBO 365668 | 500 mL bottle
Price: $ 5.95

There is inventory listed in 154 stores!

Oh, and yes, I did buy one.
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Postby Belgian » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:25 pm

S. St. Jeb wrote:I know the general feeling of most of you about Trafalgar....I'm not as hard on them.

TRAFALGAR NORTHERN HARVEST
LCBO 365668 | 500 mL bottle
Price: $ 5.95

Oh, and yes, I did buy one.

Right. Trafalgar's recipe ideas are often not bad, even inventive by Ontario standards (esp looking back just 7 or 8 year ago when things were desperately lean here.) Trouble seems to be in the execution of some brews - watery or very flat beer, some downright odd brewing choices - and in the unintentionally infected-tasting beers & 'bottle volcanoes' (foaming up dramatically all over the countertop after uncapping.)
Despite these inconsistencies (which the brewer seems reluctant to address with us mere mortals) I've enjoyed some nice Trafalgar brewings over the years. They also do some Black Creek "Pioneer" styled contract brewings which are pretty fine as well, beers stylistically in the neighborhood of the Grand River & the (former) Scotch Irish traditional ales, and likewise very tasty.

To the Northern Harvest - not a bad name. This unusual style beer - old Norse 'Gotlandsdricka' - should be interesting for its use of juniper, smoked malt and cedar. What a different twist on a seasonal Warmer.
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Postby lister » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:27 am

S. St. Jeb wrote:I know the general feeling of most of you about Trafalgar....I'm not as hard on them.

TRAFALGAR NORTHERN HARVEST

Oh, and yes, I did buy one.


Sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar for taking one for the team.
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Postby darmokandjalad » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:11 am

lister wrote:
S. St. Jeb wrote:I know the general feeling of most of you about Trafalgar....I'm not as hard on them.

TRAFALGAR NORTHERN HARVEST

Oh, and yes, I did buy one.


Sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar for taking one for the team.


It's really not a bad beer by Trafalgar standards. Standard dark ale (toasted malts, caramel, et al.) with some juniper thrown in. I had no trouble throwing it back, though it's not as interesting as the label description might suggest.

Of course 'not bad by Trafalgar standards' also means it's not worth anywhere near $5.95 a bottle. I guess it's a fair price to pay to satisfy my morbid curiosity (which is really the only reason I have to try new Trafalgar seasonals at this point).
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Postby Belgian » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:02 pm

darmokandjalad wrote:Northern Harvest ... it's not as interesting as the label description might suggest....

Yeah they do tend to do that. As if not enough stuff was added to the brew to fulfil on the promised flavors.

I remember the Belgian Abbey Ale didn't taste bad at all, but it was like Rochefort 3, ie. about half as flavorful as the Roche 6. Still nice for chugging from the bottle while outside clearing snow...
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Postby admviolin » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:22 pm

Front Street (St Lawrence) has 8 bottles of Deus if anyone's interested.

Saw two of the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection...seems a bit pricey. Not overly, but $35 is usually what I spend per trip to the LCBO, not one product :)

Has anyone tried them? Are they worth picking up?
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Postby Craig » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:21 pm

admviolin wrote:Front Street (St Lawrence) has 8 bottles of Deus if anyone's interested.

Saw two of the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection...seems a bit pricey. Not overly, but $35 is usually what I spend per trip to the LCBO, not one product :)

Has anyone tried them? Are they worth picking up?


I'm drinking the New World right now. It's tasty for sure, but at 12 bucks a bottle I would call it overpriced.

The package is a trippel, quad and a stout. I'm betting they're all good, but I doubt I get a second pack.
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Postby JeffPorter » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:23 pm

admviolin wrote:Front Street (St Lawrence) has 8 bottles of Deus if anyone's interested.


Likewise, for the Brampton/Mississauga folk there were about 10 bottles at the Orion Gate, which was kind of nice. That will make a nice new year's eve bottle.
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Postby velovampire » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:32 pm

squeaky wrote:I'm drinking the New World right now. It's tasty for sure, but at 12 bucks a bottle I would call it overpriced.

Soooo, what you're saying is....it's perfect for the Ontario market!
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Postby Craig » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:11 pm

velovampire wrote:
squeaky wrote:I'm drinking the New World right now. It's tasty for sure, but at 12 bucks a bottle I would call it overpriced.

Soooo, what you're saying is....it's perfect for the Ontario market!


More or less. We're pretty well conditioned to paying more for things as soon as they're on offer, then shunning them forever after.

At the end of the night I can say I tried all three, and I gave all three somewhere in the 3-3.5 range. All fine craft beers, but in no way worth 12 bucks each.
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Postby esprit » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:16 am

Actually, KELPIE was not supposed to be in the pack so if there are some out there it's probably because they ran out of one of the others. I'll check with the brewery. We're looking at the possiblity of bringing KELPIE in through Consignment as it's a natural for oyster places. Won't sell tons but I'm sure there will be interest.
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Postby biegaman » Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:31 am

velovampire wrote:
squeaky wrote:I'm drinking the New World right now. It's tasty for sure, but at 12 bucks a bottle I would call it overpriced.

Soooo, what you're saying is....it's perfect for the Ontario market!


True... but we also have Red Racer IPA for $2.45/can and Black Butte Porter for $5.20/bomber... so ....
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Postby ECBS » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:25 am

Now listed:

- Rochefort 10;
- Howe Sound Woolly Bugger Barley Wine;
- Renaissance Tribute Barley Wine ($9.95 for 330 mL? Really?)
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Postby spinrsx » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:34 am

new:

BROUCZECH PREMIUM LAGER
LCBO 118786 | 6x355 mL bottle
Price $ 13.90

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