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Across The Nation Miners' Refresh | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with NWT Brewing Co.

From its origin in Belgian Mines, the Grissette style makes its way from mineral-rich Northwest Territories to the bottle. Made with spelt, this ancient recipe pays tribute to the mining heritage of Canada's North.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with some peppery yeast notes. Taste is a mix of light rustic cereal notes with a peppery yeast finish with very little residuals sugar notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. A bit short on complexity but good drinkability and nice yeast profile.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow, pours a nice head, ring of retention leaves some lace.

Aroma has steelie grass, grain and marigold.

Nice steelie hops in the flavour, a bit of earth, crisp apple and sourdough rye. Restrained bitterness comes through the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light, but not too thin, crisp finish.

A very good brew!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Mar 24 2017. One of six brews included in their "Across the Nation Collaboration (West)" mixed pack. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy pale straw-yellow colour, while a half-inch of soapy, sparkling white foam gathers at the surface. It weakens quickly, dissipating off over the course of the next two minutes until only a thin collar and layer of film remain, ringed by a modest coat of lace. Subtle on the nose; there's some grainy notes, bread and honey sweetness, and light hints of bubble gum and lemon. A tad yeasty, but the aroma is quite subdued overall.

The flavour itself isn't much different, with cereal grains and wheaty bread comprising the backbone, as well as some subtle apple esters and faint lemon zest. Grassy hops provide the barest amount of bitterness towards the finish, which is otherwise characterized by peppery, yeasty spiciness, and ultimately trailed by a dry aftertaste. Light-bodied, with crisp, rigorous carbonation that prickles and scrubs the palate with each sip. As you'd probably expect from a 4% farmhouse ale, drinkability is the area that this one most excels in.

Final Grade: 3.7, a B grade. Miners' Refresh is well crafted and totally unobjectionable, but at the end of the day it's still very light-tasting, and far from complex or interesting. The flavours that *are* there are tasty enough, I guess - most brewers seem to interpret a grissette as being a 'light saison', and that's basically what this is, for better or for worse. I didn't mind it, nor would I refuse another bottle in the future, though I wouldn't say it's worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Electros
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country's 150th birthday. This one involves the nascent Yellowknife-based NWT Brewing Co., and is a grissette, made with spelt, although I'm not quite sure what that particular grain has to do with 'the mining heritage of Canada's north'.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some random splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly but surely bleeds away.

It smells of grainy and crackery wheat malt, a further musty cereal character, some faint dried lemon peel fruitiness, edgy yeast, and more plain leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is lightly toasted pale malt, some musty wheaten graininess, ethereal lemon rind, an earthy yeastiness, subtle mixed peppercorn spice, and more tame leafy, musky, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, with a wee yeasty intransigence mucking about here. It finishes trending dry, the mixed malt bottoming out.

Overall, this comes across much like a prototypical Saison, with the same flavour elements, in greater and lesser amounts depending on which one you're talking about. Easy to drink, and actually kind of refreshing, as the weather (for Canada, at least) finally warms up.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with two solid fingers of head that left ample lacing and retained exceptionally well. The body boasts ample, bordering on excessive carbonation that seem to contract oddly with it's sickly clear yellow colour.

Smell: Ample grain with sour apple, lemon and the smallest hint of bubble gum. It goes from tame cold to decently potent after it warms up a bit.

Taste: Starts with some cereal grain with a potent lemon note that then turns to a more bitter rind taste that is punctuated by a sandy tasting hop note at the end that just seems to get a bit out of control.

Mouthfeel: The exceptionally high carbonation helps out the entire beer, giving it a sudsy, soapy texture which serves well to assist the beer by reigning in a bit more of it's more aggressive aspects. The transition is tolerable but that sandy note seems to linger in the aftertaste and the lemon is just so up front here.

Drinkability: This beer is unsurprisingly gassy, and thankfully that sandy hop note stops just short of coming across as dry. It's incredibly light, so I can certainly see how this is designed to have several be quaffed after a hard shift. That said, there are other lighter styles I'd rather have.

Final Thoughts: I'm a bit conflicted on this one, as this strikes me as a light beer alternative with some flavour behind it, which I can appreciated. What I can't appreciate is that it doesn't seem to hit my buttons. I mean, I am normally a fan of sour lemon notes, but the choice of hops and the lack of malt profile here seems to have sabotaged the work, for me at least. So this is one of those beers that I feel is well crafted, isn't my cup of tea but I'm certain appeals to someone else. I wasn't disappointed by this entry in the mix pack.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO for about $2

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdm9465
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw with a hint of haze, and topped with 2 fingers of white, fluffy head. No visible carbonation.

Smells of Belgian yeasts, phenols, and pears.

Tastes slightly sweet, slightly tart, with phenols, asian pear rind, and cloves.

Light, crisp body with a solid carbonation.

Got this with the collaboration, across the nation pack. Really good brew, solid, my first from North West Territories. Drinking in Muskoka, Feb 20th, 2018.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a two and a half finger head. Smell is Belgian yeast, Candi and some nice spices. Taste follows the nose and is quite nice with the spices coming through a bit more. Feel is light with a crisp finish.

I wasn't expecting much, but this was quite nice. Looking forward to the others in this pack.

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Photo of nullbort
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2nd in the collab pack. This time with Northwest Territories' NWT Brewing. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - A slightly hazy, pale golden color. A very impressive two fingers of frothy white head pours, sadly only middling retention and next to no lacing.

Smell - Not a lot here, some subtle sweetness, some yeast and a touch of earthy hops although that might be a figment of my imagination. Nothing off and everything smells as it should so well...

Taste - Clean, refreshing, some graininess on the sweet side inter-mingled with some yeastiness. A light sweetened dessert bread, in liquid form with the sweetness dialed back. Pretty good. Seems to get better with repeated sips.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, moderate carbonation, medium drying effect at the end.

Overall - Hard to say which beer I've enjoyed more from the taster's pack, but so far Central City is 2/2 in making beers that I enjoy and would like to enjoy again. Here's hoping they don't make these collabs a 1-off but rather can implement them as a seasonal every couple of years or so.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boszormeny
1/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Niceroad77
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to give a straw blonde body, with a fair bit of haze and a mountain of frothy white head. The aromas are more on the Belgian floral end, with honey and lavender prevailing with perhaps a light citrus note. The taste is quite true to the Belgian form, with a faint lactic tartness, light body, and crisp finish. Really nice beer, wish this could be sold year-round out here. Nothing like a fine sessionable Belgian beer, would be great for summers.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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