La Résolution 2015 – Unibroue


From Chambly Quebec’s Unibroue comes the “La Résolution 2015″ a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of toffee, sweetness, dark fruits and gingerbread.  The flavour is of toffee, dark fruits, anise, roasted malts, caramel, gingerbread with a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 21.5.  I haven’t had a Unibroue beer for a while and this was the right one to come back to!  The flavour was great and really works in the winter months.

Commercial Description:  La Résolution is a dark ale with spicy character inspired by a recipe our brewmaster Jerry Vietz created for his friends.  At 10% alcohol, its spicy caramel aroma evolves on the palate into pleasant and complex notes of toffee with reminiscence of a tasty gingerbread.  The perfect balance between spicy, caramel and roasted malt flavours is complemented by a nice roundness and persistent finish.

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Solitaire – Surlie Brewing


From Abbotsfords Surlie Brewing comes their “Solitaire” a Belgian Strong Dark Sytle Ale.  This ale pours a deep brown with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and candied sugar.  The flavour is of caramel malts, dark fruits, banana, candied sugar, yeast with a mild sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at a mildly strong 6.5%.  This beer really reminds me of beers coming out of Belgium and is very tasty!  Pick up a bottle for yourself to find out!

Commercial Description:  “Solitaire is a strong beer with hints of dark, dried fruit and spice.  The direct fire brew kettle brings out subtle caramel notes.  Grab your favorite glass and enjoy this beer doing what you love.”

Food pairing as per Surlie Brewing: pairs well with aged cheddar.

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