From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their second of four beer of 2017 in their fellowship club the “Little Red One with Black Currants” a Lambic Style Ale. The beer pours a deep red with a reddish head. The aroma consists of black currents, dark fruit, red wine, oak and some tartness. The flavour is of black currents, dark fruit, red wine, balsamic vinegar, earth, tobacco, tartness and some oak in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is a fantastic Lambic Style beer with a very full flavour profile and fits the Lambic style well. I can not wait for the last two releases of this years Fellowship.
Commercial Description: After months of tasting, note taking, and patience, we finally feel ready to announce that starting at 3pm this coming Thursday, November 16th we will be releasing our second Fellowship beer – Little Red One Batch 2 (LRO 2). This West Coast Lambic-Style Sour with black currants from the Fraser Valley has been barrel-aged for over a year and is bottle conditioned. We liked the character that the currants bestowed upon this beer so much in Batch 1 that we decided to add even more black currants for Batch 2! This beer pours a deep red with aromas and flavours of oak, black tea, and tobacco. The currants lend berry character but with a dry herbal note (rather than sweetness).
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.
From Brouwerij Verhaeghe in Belgium comes their “Duchesse De Bourgogne”a Flanders Red Ale. The beer pours a deep redish brown colour with little to no head. The aroma consists of balsamic vinegar, cherry, dark fruit, some sweetness and maybe a hint of malt. The flavour is of balsamic vinegar, cherry, dark fruits and maybe a hint of toffee sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This beer is both tart and sweet and tastes amazing! Small bottle or big bottle I always seem to wish I had more of this beer to enjoy.
Commercial Description: Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.
I have heard rumors of Jester King Brewery out of Texas but had never had one of their beers until now. My first brew of theirs was the “Black Metal (Farmhouse Imperial Stout)” a Sour Imperial Stout named after one of my favourite styles of Metal! The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, mild coffee with some milky qualities. The flavour is of tart lemon, balsamic sourness, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, earth, ash, anise and some farmhouse notes in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%. This bottle was from batch #16 with a bottling date of 3, 25, 2015. Sour stouts are still a bit foreign to me but being a fan of both sour beers and stouts I was able to really enjoy both aspects of this beer. I look forward to trying out more beer in the Jester King lineup if I can work on trading for bottles in the future.
Commercial Description: “It is certain that the introduction of pure yeasts into industrial fermentation does not constitute the crowning achievement of a system that is henceforth immutable. It seems, for example, that if the application of the pure cultures method has improved the average quality of the beer, if it has decreased the chances of infection, it has given us beer with less character than before.” – 20th century Belgian Brewing Scientist Marc H. Van Laer
From Belgium’s Brouwerij Rodenbach comes their “2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145)” a flanders red ale. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of malty, balsamic vinegar, oak, apples, dark fruits, cherries and some sourness. The flavour is of tartness and sweetness followed by dark fruit, apple, cherries, mild funk, oaky and balsamic vinegar. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. This is an amazing vintage of this great Flanders red ale!