1892 Traditional Ale - Quidi Vidi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Newfoundland, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: QXSTER1 on 07-26-2003

Brewed with the finest two-row malt and a generous helping of hops. This is a full bodied, reddish amber ale that will be enjoyed by those who prefer European-style beers with substantial flavor.

1892 Traditional Ale commemorates the year of the great fire in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They probably still have this one in Alberta b/c 20% of the population is from NFLD.

Tarnished copper in color, hazy, with smallish head, minor lacing.

Smells decent. Sweet apple,some spice, caramel malts float in and out of the aroma.

@ least it has some resemblence of balance. Hop bitterness is slight spicy and quite tea-like in the way it dries the palate. Malts are nicely done without coming across incredibly grainy.

Bit tart on the tongue initially, but as the beer sits it does have a slick smoothness to it.

Decent enough for me to try some more @ a later date.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle - 19th century dockside St. John's adorning the label...

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange copper tone, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves a wee bit of sparse random lace as it quickly settles. Its smells mildly of fruity, bready malt, and floral hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel, a bit of citrus, and earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, a bit sugary, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the soft biscuity malt sticking it out.

A more or less plain amber ale, nothing offensive, goes down well enough, making it a possible session candidate, should I ever find myself on the Rock.

Photo of QXSTER1
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't come to Newfoundland for the beer, come for the friendly people and awesome scenery. The revolution hasn't taken place up here yet. That being said you could do worse than sitting in one of the many pubs quaffing a 1892.

The brew pours a dark amber, little nose and a small rocky head. Taste is of toasted malts, a subtle trace of fruitiness and some noble hops. A nice session beer to drink while watching some traditional Newfie music.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Better than expected, with initial citrus. No malt nor bitterness, and a bit of hops and fruity and tad bitter aftertaste. Light body. Appropriate average carbonation. Some floral aroma. Better than a national beer. Thanks to the breakup bin at Sheppard LCBO.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pleasant surprise to see this company now available in Alberta, as it's a farther import from the East coast of the country than, say, anything we even get over the border from Oregon or California.

Pours out with a passive quick head. Body is trasnparent and takes on the hue of brightly polished copper when held to the light.

Mild sweet caramel malt on the nose, almost warm and leathery, along with a curious dose of green apples.

The flavour is quaint and rounded and earthy. Malt contains a carmelized sweetness, yet also carries a slight grainy and leathery funk to it. A bit of a yeasty medicinal funk tends to haunt it as well, although it assimilates well into what the malt is already generating.

Mouthfeel is rounded and smooth, light but not watery.

This ale isn't "off", yet there's something about it that doesn't really do it for me in general either. It starts to grow on me as I work my way through the six pack, but only one at a time, as it doesn't strike my palate as session ale material.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber in color with great carbonisation, so much I thought the glass would pop up under the bubbles. It looked like a soda beer. Reddish, not much head.

Smells of malt and caramel were very present, very very present.

the taste was quite of hops and very bitter, alot of bitterness.

Nothing to throw myself on the wall!

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boring. Quidi Vidi is about equivalent to Sleeman's in Ontario. A wide selection of beer that only just tops the macro market. This one's possibly their best.

Pours with a coppery tinge, with a passable mound of white head. Smell is largely undistinguished - it's just beer. The taste brings some malt, little hops, and a fair dose of water. Nothing exceptional about this beer except that it's not at all bad, just not worth drinking when there's something good around.

Photo of Rastacouere
2.47/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber robe with neglectable head that is fugacious. Shy malty aroma. Taste of honey and caramel, very fizzy on the tongue. A light fruitiness of peaches hides a slight tartness, lightly bitter finish, not too hoppy. Could definitely have been worse in this style.

Photo of baiser
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An average ale, full of mostly caramel and toffee flavours. Body is clear, amber coloured, more orange than red. Ok lacing. Aroma is toffee, grainy, bready. Taste is sweet, caramel, ok malt, and finishes dry. Body is light, sharp mouthfeel, not exactly what I want from an ale. Some metallic taste, but otherwise quite drinkable. Wouldn't buy again.

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brown appearance with foamy head that sticks around. Smell is sweet and malty, picked up apples and some grain.

Taste is very malty and caramel, picked up some grain and caramel as well. There is a hint of spices and bread, I was surprised that there were no fruits. Medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is malty and spicy.

First Newfie beer, and so far I'm impressed. This beer is very dark and flavorful. If you can find this at your liquor store, should give it a try.

Photo of Derek
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really more of a historic, North American pale ale.

This use to be available at the LCBO, but their shipping costs were too high, so they pulled out. It's still available in Alberta... if that gives you some perspective.

They import Slovakian hops for this one.

A: Clear copper-bronze, off-white head, no retention or lacing.

S: Apple juice with a slight earthy-metallic aroma.

T: Earthy-orange, biscuity malt, peppery spice, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, really well-attenuated, dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

Photo of Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml brown bottle with twist-off cap poured in a pint glass. Part of a taster 6-pack bought at Willow Park in Regina.

Cream coloured head is 3/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Little to no lacing to speak of. Clear, light copper colour with moderate carbonation.

Sweet malt, caramel and a hint of hops in the aroma. Mostly just get sweetness out of the nose.

Sweet right from the start. Caramel malt and a little nutty. Abrupt, wet finish with little to no aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is an ok beer, but there really isn't anything about it that stands out in either a positive or negative light. The sweetness lowers the drinkability for me personally.

Photo of bartle
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a friend for bringing this to me from Newfoundland. This is my favorite/ go to beer on the rock. It really does beat every other offering in any beer cooler.

A - Rusty copper with a bit of gold. Half inch thin head. little retention. Mild lacing.

S - an earthy grain, with very light sweet carmel and a nice hint of sweet apple.

T - Light bitterness for the style. biscuit bite. cider, with a hint of spice on the backbone of the hops.

M - mild carbonation. crisp when cold, with a dry aftertaste. As the beer warms it becomes very smooth and still full of flavor.

D - It may not be my favorite beer of all time, but maybe it just reminds me of home. A beer to call my own. The kind of beer you can bring to a party or social gathering and no one else will drink it due to it's lack of trendiness.

Pairs well with nachos and a hockey game.


- B

Photo of Apek
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought in St. John's NFLD June 2010 - reviewed same day

Appearance:Crystal clear, light copper colour with a medium white head that fades quickly

Aroma: Acetaldehyde, other fruity smells , some green apple, some mild vinegar at the end.

Taste: Caramel flavours, roasted malt, mildly funky sour esters - likely yeast derived.

Moutfeel: Medium bodied, mod/high carbonated.
Drinkability moderate.

Overall: passable ale but the balance is overly vinegary in the taste - too funky for this style.

Not their best product.

Photo of MMansfield
2.06/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up single bottle at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, red ruby colour with a medium white cap that quickly drops to a very thin layer, very little lacing.

Aroma: Acetaldehyde, other fruity esters, bit of flowery hops, but mostly smells of apple juice.

Taste: Lots of caramel flavours, roasted malt, strong medicinal bitterness that leaves cloying yeast flavour in the finish.

Moutfeel: Medium bodied, quite carbonated. Drinkability low.

Final Statement: This particular bottle of beer is a complete mess IMO. The green apple aroma dominates the nose and the flavour is just strange. Not really recommended.

Photo of beckerboots
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly indecisive beer, but fairly compatable with late night hockey. Had a slight honey/carmel aroma (not near enough to be classified as a honey brown]. It poured to a tinge of red, but what was really interesting was the head (now you see it; now you don't). Having visited the brewery recently it's quite apparent these people have a passion for brewing; unfortunately the lack of natural brewing resources ie/hops that are available in Newfoundland hurts the overall product.

Photo of wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass may26 2010

A clear light copper with low carbonation and a two finger head that has average retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S sweet malts with a little apple pie

T a little sour and a bit of a let down I was hoping it would have the same apple pie spice I could smell but not so much

M a little flat but not dead, thick enough but nothing special

D pretty average beer nothing worth bragging about

After drinking the mixed 6 pack I doubt I'll feel the need to drink them again, I wouldn't bother looking for this one

Photo of pootz
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a 1 finger rocky head that reduces to a sticky ring…moderate to soft carbonation (A bonus point)…wisps of fruit, honey and mustiness to the nose. Starts mild then the sweet malts come on with a wild honey effect that is balanced by enough tart hops to not become cloying. silky mouth feel (very smooth ale)… the finish is not as fast as I was lead to believe and lingers a bit where the caramel balanced malt gives way to the hops with a strange but nice bittering effect where some metallic earthiness is left on the tongue….a nice drinkable micro ale…..possibly a tad pronounced on the malt side for some but I like it and would recommend you try it.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my wife for bringing a half dozen Quidi Vidi products back from her recent trip to The Rock. This one had a fleeting head and a ring of bubbles supported by a steady and healthy looking carbonation feed. The colour was chestnut - auburn and there was spotty lace. The smell was on the sweet side and reminded me of toffee, not overly pronounced. The taste again had a mild english toffee and caramel flavour, mild bitterness, muted hops, malt presence felt. This is a decent ale, flavours are there, not bad at all. Body is medium, aftertaste suggests honey but without the cloying sweetness. I'd like to try this on tap sometime, preferably in Newfoundland!

Photo of Cwrw
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a Quidi Vidi mix-pack in Stephenville, Newfoundland. Stout, strong looking little 341ml bottle. A green label showing some old picture with the words "Reviving the brewing tradition of pre-confederation Newfoundland." Seems to continue the sentiment some have in Newfoundland of becoming their own country again; and we thought Quebec was the problem! So this is one of 2 microbreweries on the rock, the other being Storm. 1892 poured a nice dark-amber hue, with a pillowy but fast-moving bone-white head. The colour is as close to red as it is to brown. Lackluster lacing that did not seem to stick. A fine looking beer though. Great perfume-roasted malts on the nose, sweet and resinous. Creamy, with hints of red licorice, Irish-style. Great burnt sugariness here, along with some spicy bark-like hopping. Lots of cream and soft caramel too. Faint vanilla in the background, along with some salty roasted malts and and plenty of raisins. A lovely sweet aroma, and better than many ambers I have tried. The taste is roasty malting and some red licorice, always remaining very creamy. Notes of light oak, grassy/lettuce leaf hoppiness, and some vanilla wafer. The water seems a little hard. The taste thins out a little at the end, but the finish is still good, dry yet sweet. Pretty highly carbonated for an amber, but quite drinkable. A respectable amber ale from the Rock.

Photo of biegaman
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1892 is named to commemorate the year of a big fire in the brewery's town of St. John’s, Newfoundland; appropriately enough it is ablaze in fire-y amber highlights. The beer shows good clarity but also a bit of chill haze, numerous springs of bubbles but no real head. It looks good but not great.

The aroma has a distinct floral/fruity quality, the source of which I can't quite put my finger on. It could be a rash of English hops, but I suspect it's the esters produced by fermentation (the buttery diacetyl notes support this speculative hunch). It's not at all unpleasant though I wonder whether it's intentional or not.

The beer is surprisingly energized on the palate, though it doesn't really offer a wealth of flavour. That slightly odd floral/fruity/buttery aroma replays but with the addition of barley. It's really difficult to attribute any tangible, solid taste; it is simply grainy in a vague sense and... not much else.

The mouthfeel has an acceptable, semi-satiating amount of malt, just enough to lend a light crunch. Same goes for bitterness, which has no real character but does its job and undermines the sweetness. The balance is good; the finish is crisp, brief and decisive, making it rather refreshing.

Quidi Vidi has very boring labels and the beers inside the bottle are no more interesting. 1892 is an appropriate flagship brand for a brewery complacent being predictable and, frankly, mediocre. Still, if you find yourself on the Rock I'd recommend any Quidi Vidi offering over rivaling Black Horse or India Ale.

Photo of aforbes10
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One bottle from a mixed sixer from the brewery shared by dispholidus down here in Indiana. Poured a light brown with a nice thick head. Smells sweet, gingery, like a ginger ale or ginger beer....very earthy and root-like. Ginger is heavy in the flavor as well...not overwhelming or harsh but kind of a refreshing tang. The rest of the beer is softly malty, slightly metallic, with some subtle hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, bubbly and with a medium body. It's an interestingly flavored beer, and i can see how the "traditional" thing goes along with the earthy, gingery flavor, but after trying the other beers in the sixer, they ALL tasted like ginger, so maybe its something in that Newfoundland water. Ok overall, this was the best of the bunch that i tried.

Photo of oakbluff
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light amber brown with excellent clarity and a frothy white head. Nose- unfermented wort, grains. Taste- nutty, grainy, touch of metallic taste, and caramel sweetness. Carbonation is moderate. Finishes with a flabby metallicness. Underwhelming

Photo of TerryW
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coppery-orange with just a moderate tan head. Gives up minimal lace. Head dissapates quickly.

Smells of malt and sweet fruit (grapes) when first poured. Some yeastiness. Taste wise just a bit of malt, yeast and sweetness, not much of anything else. A rather thin, watery effort I'm afraid.

The promo for this stuff describes it as "generously hopped" and as having "substantial flavour". It just ain't so.

Photo of asnider
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a Quidi Vidi Sampler Pack.

Pours a clear amber colour with a thick head the colour of whole wheat bread. The head thins out fairly quickly, leaving a quite thin head throughout the rest of the session. Decent lacing.

The aroma is very nice. There are a few different smells in here, and I'm having trouble identifying everything. Some spicy notes, malt sweetness, and some sort of fruit smell, as well (apple?).

Taste is spicy with a nice malt sweetness to round out the flavour. There is also an apple juice flavour and some mild hop bitterness that sort of fades into the background. The hop flavour isn't prominent, but I get the feeling that this ale wouldn't be nearly as good without it. Some subtle floral notes seem to linger on the tongue after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and a bit grainy. It would be nicer if it was a bit more buttery, but it's still enjoyable and seems to suit this beer well.

This is a very drinkable ale. This is one where I could very easily finish a 6-pack without even realizing it. It goes down so easy that I had to restrain myself somewhat from just throwing it back without really savouring the complexity of flavour.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to find this beer sold on it's own, even at Sherbrooke, but I will definitely by a sampler pack again just so that I can have another bottle of this excellent Newfoundland ale.

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1892 Traditional Ale from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.