Old Ale 2017 – Moon Under Water Brewing

From Victoria BC’s  Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Old Ale 2017″ a beer in the Ancient Ale Series.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of spices, mild vinegar notes and semi sweet notes.  The flavour is of mild sour notes, spices, herbal notes,  tannins, earth, oak and some wine notes.  Most reviews I have read spoke of smoke but I did not get that in my bottle.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9%.  This is definitely a very different beer but I really enjoyed it none the less.  I mean I am always hoping to try new and crazy beer and this one fits that mold.

Commercial Description:  A long time ago.  In a civilization far, far away…  For 9,000 years our history has been shaped by the myriad of ingredients use to crate fermented beverages.  This series pays homage to the variety of starches, spices, fruits and whatever else civilizations of the past have used to satisfy humanity’s love affair with alcohol.

Fellowship Greybreard Old Ale – Strange Fellows Brewing

From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Greybeard Old Ale”.  These beers are only available to people that bought into the club and was the first of 4 releases.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of oak, raisins, malts and brettanomyces.  The flavour is of oak, malts, toffee, raisins, earth, funk from brettanomyces and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  I don’t often get stumped by a beer when it comes to flavours but I did have some trouble figuring this one out.  What it is though is easy drinking and tasty and will probably age really well with multiple strains of Brettanomyces.

Commercial Description:  We are happy to announce the release of the first of 2016’s four Fellowship Beers. First up is GREYBEARD – a barrel-aged stock old ale conditioned with two different Brattanomyces yeast strains. A style not widely known in this part of the world, it’s origins date back several hundred years to Burton-on-Trent, England’s most famous brewing region. Greybeard is a warming 8% abv with a complex malty foundation and distinct Brett aroma and flavour, with raisin notes. It deserves to be drunk a little warmer than fridge temperature, so take it out for an hour before you open.


Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale – Traquair House

From Traquair House in Scotland comes their “Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale” an Old Ale.  The beer was limited to a 20,000 bottle run so I do not know how it made it to Canada.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a ruby tinge and a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, earth, molasses and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This beer was a bit on the sweet side but it was good and I was glad I was able to get a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Celebrating 50 years of brewing in the ancient brewery at Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. A limited edition ale (20,000 bottles only) packaged in a specially designed bottle. This is not a beer to be taken lightly but promises to be a smooth dark  and well balanced ale.


Bois Anno 2013 (Aged 2 Years)– The Bruery

From Placentia California’s The Bruery comes the “Bois Anno 2013″ a Bourbon Barrel Aged that has been cellared for 2 years.  The beer pours a very dark ruby red with a brownish head.  The aroma consists of molasus, syrup, dark fruits, brown sugar, anise and some bourbon.  The flavour is of brown sugar, molasus, dark fruits, anise, oak, bourbon and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at a whopping 15%!  I had a sample of this beer fresh two years ago and saw potential but it was quite harsh.  After two years this beer has seriously mellowed out and is tasting amazing!

Commercial Description:  The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or “Bois” in French.  Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.


Lead Dog Olde English Ale – Yukon Brewing

From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Lead Dog Olde English Ale”.  The beer pours a deep ruby red to brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, molasses, nuts and a hint of chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, earth, nuts and a mild caramel in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%.  I have only had a very limited amount of Yukon Brewing to this point but this was a very tasty ale and I look forward to trying a bunch more of their beer soon!

Commercial Description:

How could we survive the Yukon winters without a winter warmer? Well, I guess Yukoners have been doing it for many years before we showed up, but this Olde English Ale has to make the whole thing a little more bearable.

This brew is not for the faint of heart; it doesn’t leap out and bite you (most Lead Dogs are better trained than that), but it will most certainly sneak up and knock you for a loop if given the chance (this character might be more comparable to that of the Malamute and Husky!).  Brewed to be high test, 7% alcohol by volume, the beer nonetheless drinks very smooth; the product of a careful blend of six different malts, and 2 months of aging after fermentation. The dark chocolate appearance is reminiscent of a porter, and the slightly darkened creamy head tops the look. But the first sip lets you know that this beer can be consumed, in quantity if desired (or required?), without leading to an overly full gullet.  Intricate malt flavours predominate, with a medium mouth-feel and a very light bitter. This ale promises to take the chill off after running the team in the crisp January nights.

Food Pairing as per the brewery:  Pan Asian, Feta, Gouda, Asiago, Salad, Poultry