Saison Deux Fois La Taille – Black Bridge Brewery

From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Saison Deux Fois La Taille”.  This was a very special bottle conditioned release.  From my understanding it was their first bottle release as they typically use cans.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, wheat and some floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, more fruit, yeast, wheat, pepper, vanilla and a mild alcohol finish.  The alcohol content came in at 8.6%.  This was a really well crafted imperial sasion and I am glad I was able to get my hands on it.

Commercial Description: Very dry, clove and rose flower aromas. Lightly spiced with a light pear taste.  Unfiltered, bottle conditioned. High alcohol content.  When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully.  Recommended serving temperature: 45°F/ 7°C.


Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB – Phillips Brewing Company

From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC’s comes the “Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB” a quad-laboration with Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON).  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of mild roast, biscuit, citrus, fruity and earth.  The flavour is of bitterness, citrus sweetness, fruit, earth, caramel and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 50.  I am a fan of all of the breweries that are part of this brew and I think this could have been a bit more exciting but it is a quality beer and I am enjoying every sip.

Commercial Description:  Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB, and it’s a collaborative effort from four Canadian brewers to celebrate the spread of the craft beer movement from coast to coast–and all of the provinces in between. Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing Co. (BC) all participated in the ‘quad-laboration’, coming together to craft a recipe designed to reflect Canada itself. It is an Extra Special Bitter, a style with roots that trace back to England, but as an amped up imperial version it has a strong spirit that is purely Canadian.  Available for a limited time from private, craft-focused liquor stores.