From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “5th Anniversary Ale” a Hazy IPA aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Brettanomyces for 6 Months. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of brett funk, floral hops, pinot noir and oak from the barrel aging. The flavour is of brett funk, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, pinot noir, oak, resin, yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6%. This is a definite winner of a beer and very worthy of being the 5th Anniversary beer!
Commercial Description: Our 5th Anniversary beer features new and old world techniques. Starting with a Hazy IPA, agin it for 6 months in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces, and finally dry-hopping it with Ekuanot Cyro hops just before bottle conditioning. Barnyard brett meets hazy IPA.
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.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged Brett Saison”. The beer poured an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of oak, brettanomyces, red wine and tropical fruit. The flavour was of red wine, cherry, tropical fruit, tannin’s, brettanomyces funk, oak and some earth in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 18. I love a good sasion brett and this one ranks up there.
Commercial Description: A blend of seven barrels, this Brett Saison is fermented with French Saison, Farmhouse and Belgian yeasts. Aging in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year adds pineapple and cherry aromatics, along with a touch of earthy brett quality. The wine barrels contribute raspberry and cherry notes along with a dry oaky finish, making for a flavourful and complex brett beer.
From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Fortunello Farmhouse Ale” a beer aged in a Foeder for 6 months. The beer pours a orange brown colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of orange peel, anise, herbal, sweetness wood and a floral finish. the flavour is of orange peel, kumquats, herbal, anise, candi sugar, generic fruit, wood, spices, mild bitterness, mild brett and some malts. The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with an IBU of 15. This beer is one of the more unusual releases from Four Winds Brewing and may be challenging to some but is quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: This herbaceous farmhouse ale was brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and bay laurel, then aged over kumquats and bitter orange peel in an oak foeder for six months. Delicate aromas of citrus and annise precede notes of dark pit fruit, settling into a mild Brett funk.
From Halcyon Barrel House in Vankleek Hill, Ontario part of the Beau’s All Natural Brewing family comes their “Infinity Mirror Brett IPA” the very first release from the brewery. This is a brett fermented barrel aged beer that was then bottle conditioned. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, barnyard funk and some floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits such as pineapple, citrus, citrus rind, brettanomyces funk, red wine, oak, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 10. To say this beer was good is a massive understatement. This is an amazing Brett IPA and I hope to have the chance to try more from the Halcyon Barrel House in the future!