Sofie 2017 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2017 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grain, peppery, fruit, sweetness and some floral hops. The flavour is of grainy, wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, peppery, yeast, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. Once again this one was quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.

Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB InBev

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Belgian Style Blonde Ale – Trading Post Brewing


From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white to tan head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spices and sweetness.  The flavour is of bubble gum, banana, fruity, sugary, clove and spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 16.  I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this beer was a bit too sweet for me.  This is a serious desert beer.

Belgian Style Wheat Ale – Red Racer Brewing (Dec 4, 2014)


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From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Belgian Style Wheat Ale”.  The beer pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow colour with a big white head.  The aroma consists of big citrus, yeast, coriander, orange peel and wheat.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, orange peel, coriander, wheat and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16.  This beer does not scream Belgian at all but it is a good wheat beer or White Ale and would be a great option for Summer drinking.

Commercial Description:  Traditionally cloudy, our Belgian style Red Racer White Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus-spice aroma.

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De Witte – Dageraad Brewing


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From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “De Witte” a sour fermented Belgian Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus and orange peel up front with bready wheat malts, coriander and other spices and a mild sour funkiness.  The flavour is of bready wheat, orange peel, citrus, coriander, spices and a mild sourness from lactobacillus.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  I do not remember having very many sour Wit’s but this is a really integrating beer.  It takes a good summer style ale and gives it just that much more intriguing!

Commercial Description:  De Witte is a flavourful summer beer brewed in the tradition of the while ales of the Flemish Brabant.  Made with malted and unmalted wheat, seasoned with orange peel and coriander and fermented with Belgian yeast and lactobacillus.  De Witte is complex on the palate, with a refreshing, tart finish.

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Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale – Mission Springs Brewing


From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale”.  This pale ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, cherries and some floral aspects at the finish.  The flavour is of caramel malts with a mix of dark and sour cherries, tartness and some hops bitterness to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 28.  The brew has just enough cherries in it to add a very interesting flavour to the beer without being overpowering.  Kevin has really hit the mark with this one.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales of Belgium, this unique and delicious pale ale uses imported malts and classic “Saison” influence and is fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries. Exceptionally Sessionable!   Not only is it fruity & spicy, but it’s thirst quenching and pairs well with hearty food — once a delight for the hard-working farmer!  Cherry Bomb can be described easily by saying it is “fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries!

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