Honey Brown | Quidi Vidi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Quidi Vidi Honey Brown ale is created with a precise combination of Chocolate Malt and Crystal Malts, then embellished with the richness of honey and gentle hopping.

This rich, brown ale is well balanced and smooth.

Added by QXSTER1 on 07-26-2003

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by QXSTER1:
Photo of QXSTER1
3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Agressive beers are not marketable in the far north, but smoothness rules. Honey Brown is as smooth as they come. Pours a nice golden brown with a wisp of a head and no nose to speak of. The taste is the aforementioned smoothness with a hint of sweetness from the honey. This beer is so middle of the road that nothing really jumps out to grab your attention.
Nothing offensive about this brew, but nothing to make me want to drink another either.

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of ahugenerd
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, part of the 'Drink Locally' (heh) Newfie marketing shtick...

This beer pours a clear, medium golden colour, with two fingers of foamy white head, which leaves a low meniscus of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet honey, field flowers, and mild grain. The taste is more semi-sweet honey, and some biscuity caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit prickly at times, the body well weighted, and generally smooth, a slight bit edgy. It finishes with a stronger focus on the grain, but still with the honeyed sweetness straining for attention.

Well, this is definitely an anomaly amongst that most prevalent of Canadian brewing styles - it actually has a big honey presence. On the other hand, I see nothing to warrant the "Brown" in the name, especially in the way it looks. Can't win 'em all, I guess.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ZOSO2192
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%

Photo of mrmanning
1.76/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for the bottle BeerMountie! Let's put this baby up to the microscope. Deep copper amber pour is dying to get rid of its off white, overly active, fizzy head. It suceeds forthwith. After about 15 seconds, there is absolutely no head to speak of. Brown sugar aroma, molasses too, but there's some rough vegetal aromas here that do not appeal to me. Sweet malted sugars, with no bops to speak of, which makes this one a sipper, even at only 5%. Diluted, watery body. It's pretty close to the light, but it might be worse. Thanks Tony!

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Photo of DerekMorgan
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of CrazyMike
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber appearance with moderate head that disappears quickly. Sweet, honey smell with a hint of grain and caramel.

Taste is similar to the smell, has a honey/caramel sweetness with hint of malt and apples. Fairly balanced and crisp beer but sometimes overly sweet. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and dry.

Overall, not a bad beer. Good combination of tastes and easily drinkable. Worth a try if your into honey flavored beers.

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Photo of Erniehoppyhung
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Derek
3.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Packaged July 3, reviewed within a week.

They use Billy Bee honey... a consistent product.

A: Golden-bronze, white head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Honey, biscuity malt, slight sulfury mineral.

T: Honey, pale malt, light spicing.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth; higher than average carbonation; crisp, dry finish.

D: Decent.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Doesn't really look all that brown. More of a gold (maybe dark gold) colour and clear. Lots of carbonation streams but little head. Off white head is big 1.5 inches on the pour, but it all but disappears almost immediately.

Aroima is very sweet. Carame malts and honey.

Very sweet with a little malt profile. Long wet finish. Caramel at the start, astringent in the middle, honey sweet in the finish.

Light-medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

This style is supposed to be sweet and easy drinking. This beer is overly sweet and below average overall quality. There are better honey browns to be had.

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Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Grogsky
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Erik-P
3.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MMansfield
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Deep gold/orangey colour with a white head settling to a lacey ring.

Aroma: A lot of honey in the nose, very very sweet.

Taste: Sweet, almost cider like. Notes of apple and pears. Not very enjoyable, barely even a beer.

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium carbonation. Drinkability low.

Final Statement: Not a very good introduction to Quidi Vidi. Hopefully the others a bit better. This one was too sweet, very cider like. Bad bottle? I hope so. Will revisit later.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass may25 2010

A clear golden yellow with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S some sweet grains and a slightly metallic smell that's not so good

T as it smells but with just a little skunk, again not the best honey ale I've had

M enough carbonation to fluff it up just a tad, nothing offensive here but nothing special either

D nothing worth bragging about, I finished it but I wasn't upset this was the only one in the mixed pack

I wouldn't go looking for this if I were you, just a plain old honey flavored beer that failed to impress me in any area

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Classic auburn hue and very clear; white head is thin and settles to a stagnant pool etched atop the beer. Gentle persistent small bubble carbonation with very good regeneration a good sign. Moderate ribbon lace. The smell is lacking, at least not offensive, just not much there.

This honey brown was not as sweet as I expected although the aftertaste of honey lingers in a pretty good way. This is not one of my favourite styles so I was pleased to see the sweetness toned down. Thin body and crisp mouthfeel lend refreshment value and makes it on the easy drinking side. Hops don't make much of an impression, malt bill blends nicely with subtle honey flavours. Decent honey brown, worth a try.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber body with a slight amount of head that quickly decays. On the nose, crackery malt, with some faint caramel signature and a bit of a rice-like note. On the palate, those adjunct tones are fully realized, with the cracker characteristic coming back in full force alongside a faintly floral honeyed texture. Caramelized tones persist on the finish, though I can't say it is the most pleasant finish out there. Overall a fairly good quality beer and probably in the upper half of QV offerings.

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Photo of biegaman
2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has the same shiny, coppery tone as a spanking brand-new penny. Its light auburn colour seems a great fit for fall-time fashion. Bubbles are on display. There is a fairly good head although the spot directly in the center lay bare; a satellite of connective tissue envelops the trim to join the froth of both sides somewhere just above surface level.

The brewery does add honey; you just wouldn't know it from the smell. What little comes through with warming makes clear that whatever honey went into this was not some proud, locally produced wild honey but rather the corn syrupy stuff that comes out of those plastic bottles shaped like bears. (Note: it turns out to be Billy Bee brand.)

This may have a little more colour than the brewery's other lagers but it doesn't have any more flavour. Apart from the corn syrup, err, honey, and a hint of whole grain crouton there isn't much by way of taste. I cannot possibly imagine what their Honey Brown Light would have tasted like or, better yet, how it might be any different?

The mouthfeel is accordingly lifeless, flat and somewhat syrupy. The beer isn't as sweet as you'd think but I could see this becoming quite cloying if I don't get to the bottom of the glass before it starts to warm up. Macro lager drinkers should find it plenty drinkable although I bet they, like me, would prefer either the QV or Eric's Red instead.

Honey Browns are as Canadian as beavers, moose and maple syrup; our brewers seem to love this style as much as hockey and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Sure, I may have found one or two decent enough offerings but for the most part this is as pointless a beer "style" as any - and this beer is proof of that.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oakbluff
1.9/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours very light yellow with decent head. Nose- grain, sweet malts. Taste- watery thin sugar water. Stale bread. Carbonation on the low side. No discernable hops, and no body to speak of. Not much say about this beer. Makes sleemans honey brown look good.

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Photo of asnider
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Quidi Vidi sampler pack.

Pours a golden amber with a thick head that shrinks to a thin foam ring that remains throughout the drinking session. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is heavy on honey and biscuity malts.

Flavours of honey and malt sweetness dominate the taste, but it's not overpoweringly sweet. The malt is nice and bready, so it balances and restrains the honey sweetness, despite being somewhat sweet itself. To my surprise, there is also a nice bit of floral hoppiness in the back of this beer that really rounds out the flavour profile. I'm not normally a big fan of honey browns, but this is a surprisingly well-rounded ale.

Mouthfeel is a little bit grainy, likely due to the carbonation being higher than normal for this style of beer. Oddly enough, though, this graininess is quite pleasing.

Drinkability is high. This beer goes down easier than any other honey brown that I've ever had.

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Photo of PiratePete
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the fifth Quidi Vidi Brewing company product I've tried and there seems to be a pattern emerging. A small head that was gone in 60 seconds. It looked good - kind of warm brown in colour. It had practically no smell at all. It had practically no taste at all except the hint of something sweet - honey I suppose. To quote my review of another QV beer: "Nothing offensive about this beer but nothing exciting either." What a shame. Its like they are on to something but they haven't quite got there yet.

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Honey Brown from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 24 ratings