From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their second beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Little Red One”. These beers are only available to people that bought into the club and was the second of 4 releases. The beer pours a deep red colour with a lighter red head. The aroma consists of black currents, wood and a sour finish. The flavour is of black currents, cherries, sweetness, jam, red wine, oak, tannins and lots of sour notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6%. This second release was exactly what I was hoping for. A great sour beer coming from a brewer that knows his stuff!
Commercial Description: This West Coast Sour with black currants from the Fraser Valley, has been barrel-aged for over a year and is partially bottle conditioned. The currants lend berry character but with a dry herbal note (rather than sweetness) – kind of like walking on ground cover herbs on a very hot, dry summer day. There are aromas and flavours of oak, black tea, and tobacco. This complex beer should be drunk above fridge temperature, and since it’s partially bottle-conditioned, it is best to decant off the sediment that sits at the bottom of the bottle.
From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada) comes the “39 1/2 Foot Pole (Black Current Ale)”. The bottle sure seems to make the beer look like a winter ale with the top of the Grinch head and Santa hat. The beer pours an orange colour with an off white colour. The aroma consists of biscuit malts, fruits and black currents. The flavour is of fruits, black current, sweet biscuit malts, some bitterness and a hint of something metallic. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7%. I would not mind picking up some more of this good beer. I have not had much from Yukon Brewing as I do not often buy 6 pack but this would be worth the pickup.
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!