Anno 2017 – Dageraad Brewing


From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″  a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time.  This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.

Commercial Description:  Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.

 

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Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine (Vintage 2013) – Central City Brewers & Distillers (Aged aprox 2.5 Year)


Review Based on Vintage 2013 brewed in aprox December 2013 released late 2014 and consumed on April 28th, 2016.  Central City is one of the few breweries to age their Barleywine in house for a year before releasing.  I am guessing a little on these dates as There was a 2011 Vintage, unlabeled that was 2013 and a 2014 (The dates on bottles make no sense).  2015 still has not been released from what I can see (Well at least not the non bourbon barrel aged version).  I wish they would get their dates straight for this beer!

From Central City Brewing (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey BC comes “Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine (Vintage 2013)” a bottle conditioned beer that has been aged for almost a full year before release!  The beer pours a cloudy amber/brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits and maybe cherry, candied sugar, toffee and and overall smoothness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, brown sugar, toffee, earth, ash, leather, bitterness, resin but not a lot of alcohol.  I am really surprise at how smooth this beer is tasting and it is my first beer in three days (not a thing you expect from a barleywine).   Thor’s Hammer has a commanding alcohol content of 11.5% which like his hammer, it should not be taken lightly!  Barley Wine’s should be aged as they reduce the alcohol flavour and increase the other flavours of the beer and this bottle may just have hit its sweet spot.

Commercial Description:  Matured for almost one year, mahogany in colour, this award-winning barley wine is crafted from fine barley malt exuding deep, rich notes of dried fruit, plum and candy with a walnut ester.

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Randonneur Saison – Dageraad Brewing


Seasonal Release

From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Randonneur Saison”.  This is an unfiltered beer that is refermented in the bottle.  The beer pours a cloudy golden with a white head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, sweet citrus some spices and floral notes.  The flavour is of fruity citrus, Belgian yeast, citrus rind, citrus, wheat and some spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.4%.  This was a very well crafted traditional saison.  I would drink this fairly often.

Commercial Description: The second release in Dageraad’s Single Batch Series, Randonneur Saison was created in the tradition of farmhouse ales brewed for farm labourers during harvest season in northern France and Wallonia. Peppery and hoppy, effervescent and bone-dry, Randonneur Saison refreshes after cycling through the autumnal countryside or harvesting produce in your own garden.  Randonneur is fermented with a French Saison yeast and bottle conditioned for natural carbonation, and an extra layer of complexity.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  Saison is a classic food pairing style suited to complement almost any meal. Randonneur Saison’s peppery and lemony notes make it a perfect companion for seafood or salads. Its palate-scrubbing effervescence allow it to hold its own against stinky cheeses and fried food.

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