Mission Springs Brewing out of Mission BC have been quietly building up a brand new series of beers. This series of beer is called the Stave Lake – Lost Barrel Series and this is one of the first beers in the series. The beer is aa called “Barrel Aged Apricot Ale” but sadly with this beer they did not bother to number the bottles on this release like the last Barrel Aged Scotch Ale. This golden ale was aged in a blend of white and red French Oak wine barrels. The beer poured a deep orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of apricots, sweetness and some wine. The flavour is of apricots, sweetness, red and white wine, wood, lots of fruit and some oak and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8%. Not as complex as their last barrel aged beer but this is really enjoyable and I would recommend you pick up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: This golden ale has been aged to perfection for one full year in a blend of red & white French Oak wine barrels. After careful selection the beer was moved on to farm fresh apricots for a month of infusion. This bold ale has a beautiful balance of alcohol warming notes, oak and fruit leaving a pleasurable unique lasting impression of barrel aged intensity. Open now or later, but always enjoy with friends and family.
I picked up a bottle before the holiday and waiting to give it a go. My dad was pleased with it, and the apricot seemed to be really present. Looking forward to cracking my own bottle open soon.
I just happened upon the bottle at a store in Richmond. It was quite enjoyable.
Hope you enjoy your bottle
I drank one last night. I loved it! It is my kind of beer though. Caramel, earthy Spices, orange and apricot. I’ll definitely get some more before it’s gone. It reminds me of Innis and Gunn original, but way more complex and not as sweet.
Interesting i will have to pick up an Innis and Gunn original again. Its been a long time. Glad you liked it though!