Saturday, June 4, 2011

OCB Series - Trafalgar Brewing Company - Cherry Ale

4.5% ABV


"The Trafalgar Brewing Company (TBC) was founded by Mike and Nancy Arnold and George Hengstman in August 1993. For ten years TBC steadily built a reputation as a craft brewery specializing in uniquely brewed small batches of beer. In 2003, with the hugely successful introduction of three flavors of Mead to the Ontario market, TBC changed to Trafalgar Ales & Meads and is now recognized as one of Ontario’s most progressive small breweries. Trafalgar continues to maintain an excellent reputation for quality assurance, extraordinary beers and technical innovation."



The Pour

Available in a 650mL bottle, this ale pours an orange colour with a slight reddish hue. Some haze present, with one finger of white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma

The malty sweetness and cherry are the dominant smell as could be expected. Some plum and spice notes, mild hop aroma. All in all a very mild nose to this beer.

Taste

There is a pleasant fruitiness upfront. General malt flavours with a nice carbonated mouthfeel. Slightly dry to the finish. This is more refreshing than big on flavour. Light in overall taste, slight cherry after taste.

Overall Impression

This was a decent beer, just not overly exciting. I'm not sure if this is something I would stock regularly. I would give it a B-, good, not great. This would be something that would be better enjoyed on a hot day for lunch with its overall lightness.

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