I’ve honestly always been a fan of rye beers, despite them being outlawed in the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Law) of 1516. I’m not going to let a 498 year old notion of what I should drink influence me! But I also made potato latkes with sweet potato today, so I guess I’m a bit of a rebel? We had these as a break from deep frying, and everything in our home smelled like potato and oil. My tasting notes had the word rye underlined three times with many exclamation marks, so I can only assume I was really excited.

Oakville’s own Resurrection Roggenbier is brewed with a combination of German rye, malted wheat and two-row barley. Why, that’s practically enough ingredients to qualify as a salad! And at $5.95 for a 650 ml bottle with 5.2% ABV, it’s a lot more fun than a salad. I had to convince Kole it was time to have another rye beer so soon after the Riptide Rye Pale, but since it’s my 8 beers of Chanukah, I won. We split this one between two white wine glasses again, since apparently that’s what I’m using for this series.

Appearance: Unfiltered appearance, dark brown colour. Creamy head on the pour.
Aroma: Aaaaaah so congested still.  Definite rye aromas (according to Kole – I’m a ball of snot right now), hops, and lots of spice. Malty aroma.
Taste: Very smooth taste with hints of tropical fruit, heavy rye flavours. Very bubbly, nice mouth feel.

Aftertaste: Sweet, candy aftertaste.  

Overall: Nice flavour, but I think I’d prefer this one in the smaller bottles. As much as I like more rye beers, more than a pint is overkill on the taste buds. I think it would pair nicely with cheese, since there is a definite pepper flavouring from the rye. And anything that delivers more cheese to my face is a winner.

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around. A dedicated Booze Hound, Shawna completed the Wine Specialist Certificate at George Brown College in 2018.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.

Email: shawna@torontoboozehound.com