From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica” a Cascadian Dark Ale aged in red wine oak barrels for 1 year with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Galaxy hops. The beer pours a deep copper brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruit, citrus, red wine and grassy hops. The flavour is of huge oak, barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruity and citrus red wine, leather, earth, bitterness and maybe a hint of soy sauce. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This is a really well crafted beer although it has transitioned far from its original Black IPA. I will have to pick up more bottles of this beer as I am a member of the Fellowship.
From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Pale Ale” part of their Innovation Series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of barnyard funk, tropical fruits, spices and floral hops. The flavour is of barnyard funk, tropical fruits, citrus rind, blood orange, cinnamon, vanilla, earth, mild bitterness with a mild sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 33. While the first thing you would expect from a Belgian Pale Ale is not Brettanomyces this beer does a great job of surprising you with tasty flavours.
Commercial Description: Cinnamon spice combines with blood orange, papaya and a hint of vanilla. The use of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis as a secondary yeast means the beer has a note of barnyard funk.
From the new brewery in Langley Trading Post Brewing comes their “What Cheer Brett IPA”. The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruits, grapefruit rind and bitterness. The flavour is of barnyard funk, citrus rind, tropical fruits, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 56. I love a good IPA and I love a good Brett beer so I am always happy to find a great Brett IPA. If you like wild ales then make sure to check this one out!
Commercial Description: Intriguing and complex, this straw colored beer features aromas of mango, guava and orange. Brewed using specialty malts and a cornucopia of hops, it’s fermented with the Brettanomyces Bruxellensis wild yeast strain. Funky and fruity, this unique beer will delight your senses and leave your palate refreshed.