From Duncan BC’s Red Arrow Brewing comes their “Threesome Ale” a beer combining Hemp, hibiscus and honey. The beer pours a reddish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, hibiscus, herbal notes and a sweetness. The flavour is of herbal from hops or hemp, hibiscus tea, honey some mild bitterness and a mild sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%. Maybe not amazing but it was an enjoyable mix of flavours to be sure. I wouldn’t hesitate to try it again for sure.
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “52nd Street Peach Ale”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peach, bready and grainy malts and floral hops. The flavour is of lots of peaches, candied fruit, bready malts and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 15. This beer really delivers on the Peach flavour and if you like a good peach beer this one will definitely appeal to you.
Commercial Description: So popular it’s become a full time brew! This crisp refreshing wheat beer has just a touch of sweet peachy goodness.
From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “Raspberry Quencher Wheat Ale” a Summer Seasonal. The Wheat Ale pours a cloudy reddish colour with a white head. The aroma consists of raspberry, yeast and wheat. The flavour is of raspberry, wheat, some mild tartness, yeast and a semi sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I could see myself drinking more of this fruit ale over the summer months as it is very refreshing!
From Brussels, Belgium’s Cantillon comes their “Fou’ Foune 2013″ an Apricot Lambic. This beer was bottled on August 30th, 2013 and consumed on April 14th, 2014. The beer pours a light golden orange colour with a white head and no lacing to be found. The aroma consists of some mild funk, apricot, unripe fruit and some yeast. The flavour is of some funky acidity, apricots, unripe fruit, yeast and an overall tartness. The alcohol content comes in at fairly standard 5%. This is just another great beer being produced by Cantillon. I don’t know if I would pay the huge premium for this beer again or hunt as hard as I had to to buy this bottle but I would love to have it again in the future regardless.
Commercial Description: A marvellous wine grower’s house with a view on the Rhône river. A large table with a perfectly roasted young goat and delicious wines (Hermitage and Saint-Joseph). Around the table, only good friends. It was 1998. There was a friendly atmosphere, the food was excellent, it was a perfect occasion to improve the world and let our imagination run away. Improving the world has remained an illusion, but one of our fantasies has become reality. François Daronnat, an apricot grower nicknamed “Foufoune” was one of the participants. He kept on singing the praises of his “Bergeron” apricots : they were the most natural, the most beautiful, the most delicious, sweet and acid at the same time. “With those apricots, I could brew you a beer, dear François”, I told him. But my spirits got bemused by the great Rhône wines and I forgot all the dreams and crazy ideas which pop up at these great moments. Foufoune, however, hadn’t forgotten about the apricots and the beer: on a morning in July 1998, I discovered all of a sudden 300 kgs of deliciously mature “Bergerons” outside the Cantillon brewery. Foufoune was obviously someone who kept his promises. It was up to us now. The result was perfect and the limited production of apricots lambic was destined for a small part of the French market. Due to the success of our provençal beer, 1200 kgs of apricots are delivered now every year to the Cantillon brewery. The fruits are stoned by hand before being soaked in 2 years old lambic. The beer extracts the taste and the aromas very quickly and the Fou’Foune is bottled after two months. The beer is rather sour, slightly turbid and has a pale gold colour. Its production is limited to 3000 liters a year. A large part of the bottles go back to the region where these apricots come from. People there consider the Fou’Foune Cantillon as a local beer.
From the Melbourn Brothers brewery of Stamford, Lincolnshire, England and Samuel Smith Brewing of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England comes Samuel Smith’s Organic Handcrafted Strawberry Fruit Ale.
OK, that was a bit of a mouthful but now on to the review.
A beautiful dark honey brown beer, clear with very low carbonation and a light tan head.
The overwhelming scent is a cross between dried and fresh strawberries with a light malt undertone.
The flavour is very strongly of dried strawberry with a tiny bit of hop bitterness on the very back of the tongue. The carbonation is very fine and just a touch rough on the tongue. While a bit one-note this is delicious. Probably more of a summer beer, though.