From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Kriek” a Lambic Style Ale. The beer pours a red colour with a white head. The aroma consists of cherries, berries, tart funk, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of with a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one great beer and possibly my favourite of the Fellowship so far.
Commercial Description: With the Holiday season just around the corner, we are excited to announce that today the third beer in this year’s Fellowship will be ready for pick up! The beer, a Kriek-inspired ale aged in oak barrels with Okanagan cherries is a style we have always adored and this is, we feel, an homage to a tradition that has inspired us for years. Kriek is the Flemish word for a Lambic beer made with cherries, and Lambic is a class of sour beer made using spontaneous fermentation. Just as Champagne comes from a particular region of France, Lambic comes from the Pajottenland, a valley that runs from Brussels to the South West. Because Clark Drive is not in the Pajottenland, we classify this beer “Lambic-style” in respect of a centuries-old tradition. In our opinion these are some of the coolest beers in there world. If you are familiar with the style, you will notice that our Kriek is a touch more sour than those examples from Belgian lambic producers Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. When opening the bottle, you will be hit with aromas of vanilla, oak, and sweet cherries. The cherries we used impart a juicy fruit character, a touch of sweetness and cinnamon. Just as with the Little Red One, we recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperature rather than cold from the fridge.
From North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers comes their “Kriek (Cherry Sour)” a barrel aged sour ale. The beer pours a light pink colour with a very small head. The aroma consists of cherries, tartness and lots of sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, lacto tartness with a fairly dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 2. This is not a perfect Kriek as it does not have a ton of depth but it is still well worth trying out.
Commercial Description: Barrel fermented wild ale aged on cherries. This lambic style sour was fermented and aged in barrel with our house blend of wild yeasts and bacteria. It was then aged for six months on tart cherries. A tart, refreshing profile with a pleasant acidity and a juicy finish. Enjoy now or cellar for later consumption.
From Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes their second beer in their new sour program “Sour 2 (Kriek Sour)”. This beer has been aged for two years in both French Oak Foeders and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of cherry, oak, vanilla and vinegar. The flavour is of cherry, oak, vanilla, red wine, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, tartness and some sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.8% with an IBU of 17 IBU. While this will probably only get better with age it is already tasting quite nice. If you can afford to pick up multiple bottles I would recommend it.
Commercial Description: A Red Ale infused with cherries. Better known as a Kriek, this beer has been aging for 2 years in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders. Brewed in the traditional Belgian fashion the Sour No. 2 is big bodied and has a balance of earthy oak tones and cherry notes that give a lightly sweet and sour experience.
Food pairings as per brewery: Rich meats, strong cheese, chocolate.