Kasteel Rouge – Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck

O’hare’s Beer Club December 2013 Box

From Ingelmunster Belgium’s Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck comes their “Kasteel Rouge” a style of fruit beer.  The beer pours a dark ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of sweet cherries and candied sugar.  The flavour is of sweet/tart cherries, candied sugar and a minor bite to finish.  It almost tastes like a jolly rancher candy.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% even if it does not taste strong.  I should not have enjoyed this beer as much as I did as I do not have a sweet tooth but this was downright amazing.

Commercial Description:  Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liquor. The mix of these two excellent products creates an exceptional soft beer with references to the dark mother beer.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Cheesecake and Ice Cream

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Lustrum Wild Sour Anniversary Ale – Driftwood Brewing

From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Lustrum Wild Sour Anniversary Ale” the 4th release of the Bird of Prey Series and the 5th Anniversary ale.  The brew poured a blood red with a red head.  The aroma consisted of tartness, fruity black current and oak.  The flavour is of oak, black current, tartness, bitterness, some alcohol warmth and a bit of a bite in the finish.  The alcohol content of this brew comes in at a big 9.4%.  This beer is great but will do really well if aged for a bit longer.

Commercial Description:  Lustrum Wild Sour Ale pushes the perception of what beer can become!  Lustrum is our 4th release from our Bird of Prey series and commemorates our 5th Anniversary of crafting beer in Victoria! Aged for over a year in French Oak this blood red vinous beast holds depth of colour, flavour and aroma unparalleled in any beer we have brewed thus far. Fermented with locally sourced wild yeast and a copious load of black currants, Lustrum will be enjoyed on many levels!  In ancient Roman times the Lustrum represented a 5 year period. Driftwood Brewery has sacrificed the contents of 18 highly prized barrels of this sour beast for your enjoyment and to help us celebrate an amazing first five years!  Cheers!