Fortunello Farmhouse Ale – Four Winds Brewing


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.

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Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums – Lighthouse Brewing (Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks)


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.

HopAnomaly – Nebraska Brewing


From Nebraska Brewing in Papillion Nebraska comes their “HopAnomaly” an Ale aged in Chardonnay Barrels.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of candi sugar, citrus, Chardonnay, oak, some spice and Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of Chardonnay, citrus, tropical fruit, candi sugar, toffee, oak, sweetness, spices, Belgian yeast, hops bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.6% with an IBU of 87.  While I am not a fan of Chardonnay at all this beer really worked well with the wine barrel and was an absolute treat.  I wish I had the ability to get more of this beer or more from the brewery but that is the nature of trading beers.

Commercial Description:  An artful creation which began with our HopAnomaly Belgian-Style IPA, enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels. This version of Hop God is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale – bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach. We know of nothing that compares – enjoy!

Food pairing as per brewery:  Hors d’ oeuvres = Mushroom Risotto, Cheese = Bleu Cheeses, Gouda, Entrée = Pizza, Gourmet Grilled Burgers, Chimchurri, Roasted Chicken, Desert = Pecan Pie, Lemon Mergane Pie

Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale” a Belgian Tripel with their home made Belgian amber Candi sugar.  The beer pours a cloudy deep amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, candied sugar, sweetness, yeast and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, earth, candied sugar, caramel, toffee, sweetness, yeast, hops bitterness and some resin in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.6% with an unspecified IBU.  This beer is basically a West Coast Belgian Tripel with candied sugar.  If this sounds good to you then it will be right up your ally.  I usually find Belgian Tripels to sweet so this was a nice change for me.

Commercial Description:  At 9.6% ABV, Transmutation has been a labour of love to make one of our personal favourites, for without it we would likely not have a brewery (it is Karen’s love of Belgian beer, and this beer in particular, that acted as a gateway into both beer and the eventual support of a massive career-switch… we’re not sharing how many glasses that took!) Our family day weekend consisted of hours of making our own Belgian amber Candi sugar, which imparts both an amazing colour and amped-up ABV without increasing body.  Combined with triple the amount of malt that goes into a standard Trappist “Single”, you’ll find this beer complex, spicy, and fruity with a sweet finish.  We use a generous amount of Noble and Northwestern hops, which are balanced by the malt to create a full, creamy mouth feel.  Deceptively potent and delicious, it’s a very limited run, so get it while you can!

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