Blood Simple – Beau’s All Natural Brewing

From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus.  The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%.  Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.

Commercial Description:  Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse

The Red Sea of Cacao – Big Island Brewhaus

From the town of Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii’s Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria comes their “The Red Sea of Cacao” an Imperial Red Ale.  This beer is a collaboration between Big Island Brewhaus and Caldera Brewing Company out of Ashland Oregon.  The beer pours a reddish copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of sweet caramel, chocolate, fruits and sea salt.  The flavour is of caramel, chocolate, molasses, malts, fruits, sea salt and pepper.  There is some alcohol warmth to finish this beer off.  The alcohol content comes in at a big 8.6% with an IBU of 30.  This is a very weird beer in a very good way!  This was a very well made beer.

Commercial Description:  This beer is a collaboration with brewer Jim Milla (SP) from Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland, Oregon.  An Imperial Red Ale reminiscent of a liquid chocolate-caramel-sea salt candy bar with a touch of fruity spice.  Brewed with barley, hops, molasses, chocolate, pink sea salt and black peppercorns.  Quite amazing really.  (Transcribed from a blurry photo.  I tried to go for a perfect copy)

big island brewhaus - red sea of cacao