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1892 Traditional Ale - Quidi Vidi Brewing Company

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1892 Traditional Ale1892 Traditional Ale

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company visit their website
Newfoundland, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: QXSTER1 on 07-26-2003)
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Reviews by pootz:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 22:43:58 | More by pootz
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

01-14-2014 03:43:09 | More by PJT
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

10-11-2013 01:47:53 | More by ZachT
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

08-26-2013 01:27:52 | More by Erniehoppyhung
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

07-26-2013 14:27:41 | More by lgmol
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-20-2013 02:08:58 | More by cam477
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-15-2013 16:53:40 | More by TT--Cashout
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 16:48:36 | More by biegaman
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

09-29-2012 03:42:12 | More by nicsman
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-16-2011 19:45:09 | More by ahugenerd
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 22:19:37 | More by CrazyMike
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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 18:45:48 | More by biboergosum
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 03:15:18 | More by Noxious26
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle courtesy of Milos. Thanks dude! Pours a clear copper orange with a thin ring of cream white foam and drapes of lacing on the pint glass. Decent looking brew. Smell and taste are toasted wheat, biscuit, chestnut, roasted grain, caramel, barely traceable hop finish, more astringent than bitter. Similar to QV, this has a very simple and subdued flavour profile. Mouthfeel is spicy, medium, moderate carbonation, clean bite on the palate, brown bread aftertaste. Not a bad little beer, kinda like a poor man's version of Big Rock Traditional Ale. Better than the lager but pretty unimpressive overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 05:01:38 | More by cratez
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 21:20:26 | More by oakbluff
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:44:38 | More by Apek
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Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 19:13:06 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:25:24 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:49:10 | More by asnider
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:00:36 | More by Shadman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:19:51 | More by bartle
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 02:00:39 | More by Derek
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Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 19:35:20 | More by IronDjinn
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 00:35:19 | More by MMansfield
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3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 12:41:13 | More by aforbes10
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1892 Traditional Ale from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.