From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Vapor Wave IPA”. This is the breweries third release from their new brewery only release. The beer pours a murky orange colour like orange juice with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, citrus, huge fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, citrus, very juicy, hint of salt some resin, mild acidity and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7%. This newest winner from Twin Sails has a ton of body and is well worth a pickup. Wow!
Commercial Descrition: Vapor Wave is an experimental IPA brewed with acidified malt which adds a nice tart acidity and sea salt to give it a complex flavour profile that is both balanced and refreshing. It was then triple dry hopped with Citra, Lemon Drop and Motueka hops giving it a big citrusy hop punch that reminds you that that beer you’re crushing is actually an IPA.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their 3rd Anniversary (2012-2015) beer the “Lil’ RedEMPTION” cherry sour. The brewery did a cherry berliner weisse called Lil’ Red in 2013 that did not turn out and this is their response to that beer. This brew has been aged in wine barrels for 2 years and then blended with cherries for 3 months. When I cracked the bottle open and turned my head it exploded in a non stop head (She is a lively one). Once the beer stopped gushing I poured it and found it to be a deep cloudy brownish orange colour with a tan head and lots of sediment. The aroma consists of huge cherries, mild funk, oak, mild wine and a big sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, acidity, vinegar, oak, red wine, sweetness and some earthiness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 7. Once the surprise of the explosive head was finished I really enjoyed this beer. There was a ton of depth to it and it did redeem the brewery for sure! Happy late 3rd anniversary!
Commercial Description: Aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels with wild yeast and sour bacteria for 2 years and then blended with sour cherries for 3 months. Big notes of cherries, vanilla and cinnamon. Tart, refreshing and full of fruit flavour.
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 Vancouver’s Yaletown Brewing Co comes the “Oud Bruin” a Sour seasonal beer available on tap at the brewpub. The beer pours a Deep brown with some orange or red tinges and an off white head. The aroma consists of vinegar, dark fruits, cherries and some wood. The flavour is of Sour/tart up front with vinegar, lemon, some dark fruit, wood and just a nice funky finish. There also seems to be an aftertaste on nuttiness to this brew. This beer has a very low carbonation and a pretty decent acidity. The alcohol content of this Oud Bruin is 6.5%. I really enjoy this brew and only wish Ian had the means to bottle this wonderful brew!