From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Belgian Golden Strong”. The beer pours a orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bubblegum, banana, fruity notes and a sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of bubblegum, banana, caramel, candi sugar, mild bitterness, spices and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 28. This is a tasty Belgian style beer and a worthy addition to the Moody Ales small batch series.
Commercial Description: The light body and soft, sweet malt character blend with the fruity aromas for a delicious and dangerous easy drinking beer. Highly attenuated Belgian ale with fruity esters and low spicy alcohol and hop notes.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Kila Belgian Golden Ale”. This glass of beer was the first official growler fill of the brewery! The beer poured a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, citrus and some grainy malts. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, citrus, mild apple, sugary, grassy hops, some caramel and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 20.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Belgian Golden Strong Ale (Barrelholder Release)”. This is the first release of a barrel program that was funded by the customers of the brewery. This beer was aged in red wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wine, oak, fruity notes including citrus and some, vanilla, caramel and spices. The flavour is of citrus especially lemon, melon, wine grapes, candied sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, spices and a mild hint of alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at a high 10.6%. Once again Category 12 Brewing has hit it out of the park with this release. I am so happy that I happened to find a bottle in a Vancouver store!
Commercial Description: Our Barrelholder series pays homage to the contributors of a successfuly campaign that allowed us to get an early start on the delicious process of barrel aging. Cheers to the original Barrelholders, and to you, the holder of this bottle! This limited release Belgian Golden Strong Ale is crafted to be bright and crip with a medium body. Lightly fruity and spicy, the aging in red wine oak barrels has imparted delicate toasted oak and caramel notes. Combined with sweet vanilla overtones and a deceptive 10.6% ABV, the barrel process has added depth and complexity to an already delicious beer.
From Epic Brewing Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah (not to be confused with the brewery in New Zealand with the exact same name) comes their limited release bomber “Brainless Raspberries (Release #1)” a Belgian Style Golden Ale. The ale pours a reddish/orange colour with a lightly pink head. The aroma is basically just tart raspberry jam. The flavour consists of tart raspberries, malty undertones with a decent sweetness and maybe a hint of yeast. The alcohol content of this brew is 9.7% but you will not taste the alcohol or feel its warming effects. This would be a great beer to have with your dinner but not one to drink larger quantities due to the sweetness.
Commercial Description: We put our Brainless® Belgian-style golden ale into stainless steel tanks for 10-12 days with raspberry puree for a secondary fermentation. Hints of raspberry bubble gum flavors from the Belgian yeast and fresh raspberries tease the pallet. The raspberries give a generous color contribution including a trace of pink to the lacing, as well as a pleasant tartness that lasts until the final sip.
The Malts/Sugars/Fruits: Premium Weyermann Pilsner, Ultra-Premium Muntons Maris Otter, Light Candy Sugar, Briess 2- Row Carapils Malt, Flaked Oats and Muntons Wheat Malt.
The Hops: In the Boil: Premiant, Tettnang and Saaz