From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “At 17 “(Tap 13). This beer is a Belgian style Tripel brewed with apples that resided on their Tap 13 an unlabeled tap in the brewery. The series of beers are named like the periodic table of elements with a big letter then a small letter and then a number. Very few bottles are packaged of these beers and I was absolutely lucky to get a bottle in trade from the owners. The beer poured a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, apples, lots of fruit and a sweet finish. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, apples, fruity notes, candi sugar, hint of spices, very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%. This Belgian Tripel is really tasty and does not suffer from the overly sweet notes that many do for me. I’m sad to say you will likely never be able to try this but I hope you will consider heading out to Nelson to check out the brewery and maybe get lucky enough to try something from Tap 13.
From Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC in Collaboration with Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes the “Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of plums, candi sugar, some spice with a sweet finish. The flavour is of plums, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweetness but not cloying like many Tripels, some grain, spice from hops and some mild alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20. With the addition of plums to this tripel it makes it taste different than the norm which is good as I usually find Tripels far too sweet and I usually avoid them. I would suggest picking up a bottle or two of this one.
Commercial Description: Our collaboration brew with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks from Vancouver! A Belgian Tripel Style beer, Ryujin pours golden with dark plum on the nose and palate along with classic banana and spicy clove flavours.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “33rd Anniversary Vannilla Truffle Wheat Ale”. The beer pours a dark cloudy orange colour with lots of sediment and a white head. The aroma consists of vanilla, milk chocolate, wheat and sweetness. The flavour is of vanilla, milk chocolate, mango, bubble gum, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 15. While very different this is a very tasty beer. If you can find a bottle I recommend that you grab it. Happy 33rd Anniversary to Spinnakers!
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white to tan head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of bubble gum, banana, fruity, sugary, clove and spices. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 16. I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this beer was a bit too sweet for me. This is a serious desert beer.
From Callister Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Old Robyn English Strong”. The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of banana, bread and sweetness. The flavour is of bready malts, caramel, banana, earth, mild bitterness, maybe a hint of bubble gum and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7.9%. This one is sweeter than the average English Strong but it is a tasty brew.