Dark Cherry Abbey Ale – Big Rock Brewery


From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their new Limited Release the “Dark Cherry Abbey Ale” a Belgian Abby Style Ale. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of cherry, plumb, chocolate, roasted malts and sweetness. The flavor is of chocolate, banana, bubbble gum, plum, cherry, roasted malts and an overall sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. This kind of beer is not for everyone but I think this is one of the better winter style beers. I would drink it again for sure.

Commercial Description:  Dark sweet cherries are blended with a strong Belgian ale in this special edition winter offering from Big Rock.  Here’s an ale whose aromas will warm you even before the first sip; dark and chocolate malts, Belgian candi sugar, coriander, orange peel …and all those cherries. Our Brewmaster takes one of his favourite beer styles and elevates it to the next level.  Share this limited time offering with friends or enjoy it on your own wintery retreat. 

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La Résolution 2015 – Unibroue


From Chambly Quebec’s Unibroue comes the “La Résolution 2015″ a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of toffee, sweetness, dark fruits and gingerbread.  The flavour is of toffee, dark fruits, anise, roasted malts, caramel, gingerbread with a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 21.5.  I haven’t had a Unibroue beer for a while and this was the right one to come back to!  The flavour was great and really works in the winter months.

Commercial Description:  La Résolution is a dark ale with spicy character inspired by a recipe our brewmaster Jerry Vietz created for his friends.  At 10% alcohol, its spicy caramel aroma evolves on the palate into pleasant and complex notes of toffee with reminiscence of a tasty gingerbread.  The perfect balance between spicy, caramel and roasted malt flavours is complemented by a nice roundness and persistent finish.

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Brotherly Love 2014 – The Commons Brewery


Seasonal Release

From Southeast Portland Oregon’s The Commons Brewery comes their “Brotherly Love” 2014 Edition.  This beer is part of the Beetje Series named after the Flemish word for “Little bit” it celebrates the Garage Brewery where The Commons Brewery began.  These beers are all small batch experimental beers.  The Brotherly Love is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale that is aged in second use Bourbon barrels with sour cherries and Cocoa Nibs from both Trinidad and Peru.  The beer pours a deep brown almost opaque with a tan head.  The aroma consists of cocoa, sour cherries, roasty malts, bourbon, oak and maybe some yeast.  The flavour is of roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa, oak, sour cherries, yeast and dark fruits.  The alcohol comes in at a cool 10% alcohol although that does not come through in the flavour one bit.  This is an amazingly crafted ale and I would love to have a few more bottles of this kicking around (sadly I don’t).

Commercial Description:  Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with Northwest grown sour cherries and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.

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