Dark Cherry Abbey Ale – Big Rock Brewery

From Calgary Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery comes their new Limited Release the “Dark Cherry Abbey Ale” a Belgian Abby Style Ale. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of cherry, plumb, chocolate, roasted malts and sweetness. The flavor is of chocolate, banana, bubbble gum, plum, cherry, roasted malts and an overall sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. This kind of beer is not for everyone but I think this is one of the better winter style beers. I would drink it again for sure.

Commercial Description:  Dark sweet cherries are blended with a strong Belgian ale in this special edition winter offering from Big Rock.  Here’s an ale whose aromas will warm you even before the first sip; dark and chocolate malts, Belgian candi sugar, coriander, orange peel …and all those cherries. Our Brewmaster takes one of his favourite beer styles and elevates it to the next level.  Share this limited time offering with friends or enjoy it on your own wintery retreat. 



Dark Strong Ale – Old Abbey Ales

From Old Abbey Ales the new brewery on the block in Abbotsford comes their “Dark Strong Ale”.  The beer pours a deep almost ruby brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, candied sugar and a sweet toffee finish.  The flavour was of dark fruits, candied sugar, bananas, sweetness and an earthy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% and an IBU of 26.  This is a solid beer to be launching a brewery with with a ton of flavour and a fairly smooth finish for a 9% beer.  I look forward to when the bottle conditioned beers start to arrive in stores.