From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Gillian” a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from the 2016 Release. The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold colour with a white head much like a champagne. The aroma consists of strawberries, honey, spices, pepper, sweetness and some tartness. The flavour is of strawberry, honey, spices, pepper, wheat, honey, mild earth, tartness and a mild brett funk. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 20. I was really excited to give this beer a try! It is a very good beer with an amazing mix of flavours and there might still be a chance to find it on tap in Vancouver. Hawskworth had a keg at one time.
Commercial Description: Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Black Dog Quad”. This beer was released in December 2016 but labeled as 2015 a little confusing as last years was also labelled as 2015. This years edition is topped with black wax while last year was topped in red. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, toffee, treacle and sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, treacle, caramel, earth, chocolate, anise and cinnamon. The alcohol content comes in at 11.69% with an IBU of 35. Even at almost 12% this beer is not super boozy. Last years version was great but this one is probably even a bit better.
Commercial Description: Black Dog Quad is a bottle conditioned, lightly carbonated ale brewed in the Trappist style. Best served at 14c, decanted from height into your favourite tulip glass. This bottle will benefit from an extended stay in your cellar. Unfiltered, vegan friendly, and naturally carbonated. Please enjoy responsibly.