From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Adrift Hop Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of floral hops, sweetness and fruit. The flavour is of grainy and bready malts, citrus, tropical fruit, grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25. This is a good sessionable and aprochable beer. It wont knock your socks off but you should enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale. “Set yourself Adrift”
From Brasserie de Brunehaut for Abdij Van St Martin, Brunehaut, Belgium is their Blonde.
Pouring a cloudy, vibrant orange, there are noticeable suspended particles stationary in the beer though no visible carbonation. The head is thin, white with an orange tinge.
The nose is floral and vanilla with orange blossom. A little bit of grain at the end.
The flavours are effervescent and flit by quickly on the tongue while maintaining complexity. There is a base of lager-y, Molson-like “beer” flavour with a vanilla and honey sweetness to add balance and interest. There is a mineral bitterness to counter the sweet and the finish is of bitter orange.
Look: A golden straw colour, with a strong foam once opened then the bubbles gently rise to the top and a good head remains.
Nose: Sharp, lively and nervous, fermentation with a touch reminiscent of a flowery cheese.
In the mouth: A round, balance and full flavour. In the mouth it is floral, elegant and direct, almost feminine. A great beer that perfectly suits cheeses with a hard crust or some fine Bries and Camemberts.
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Blondes In Stereo”. The beer pours a cloudy blonde colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy, citrus, citrus zest and some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bready, citrusy, orange, citrus zest, mild spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19. This gives you exactly what you would expect a tasty low hopped ale that drinks a bit like a lager.
Commercial Description: Did you grab this bottle because it was the brightest one on the shelf? Well, you’ve definitely made the right call by picking this crisp, refreshing, blonde ale to quench your craft beer thirst. Made with Wakatu hops from New Zealand, this is the perfect beer to pair with all our sunshine shenanigans.
From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde” a beer barrel aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The beer pours an orange colour with a very small head. The aroma consists of raspberries, fruit, wine and a hint of oak from barrels. The flavour is of raspberries, cherry, mild tart, pinot noir, oak, mild grains and tannins. This beer actually reminds me a little of a Kriek although its not a cherry beer. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a quite tasty take on their Blonde ale and makes sense it won a Gold for fruit beers in the BC Beer Awards in 2016.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “Blonde Belgian-Style Ale”. The beer pours a citrus fruit, honey and yeast. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, honey, bready malts, Belgian yeast and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32. This blonde was quite tasty and I will be finding more in the future.
Commercial Description: A medium bodied ale with a crisp, dry finish. The use of Pilsner and French aromatic malts create a golden colour with biscuit and honey flavours. Fermented at lager temperatures with Red Collar’s proprietary Belgian yeast strain. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated.