From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Coup de Foudre (New World Wild Ale)”. This was the first bottle release from their Foudre. The beer poured a cloudy orange brown colour with an off white head. The aroma was of oak, cherry, malt vinegar and tartness. The flavour was of malt vinegar, oak, cherries, dark fruits, toffee, tartness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% and they list the IBU as low. This is an excellent execution of a sour ale!
Commercial Description: Heaven-sent by arrow or lightning bolt, “Love at First Sight” is thought to be a madness inflicted upon unsuspecting beings by the Gods for sport. Others believe it’s that moment of recognition when one first looks upon their other half. Either way, the poor soul didn’t know what hit them. Aged for over a year in our 6000 litre oak Foudre this fruity, complex ale is our tribute to the love struck
Food pairing as per brewery: Seafood (muscles), Fruit deserts, Fresh cheese, Charcuterie. Quiche
From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Lamb Of God Sour Stout” a barrel aged sour stout. I think this bottle was of the 2016 Vintage but I am not sure. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of tartness, mild roasted malts, cherry, sweetness and a hint of ash. The flavour is of cherry, tartness, roasted malts, burnt coffee chocolate, ash, hint of oak and earth. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 15. This newer vintage of Lamb of God has much more tartness than it did back in 2015 and was as such more enjoyable. Check it out if you get a chance.
From Edinburgh Scotland comes the Innis & Gunn “Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale”. This Imperial Red Ale pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and oak. The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, orange, cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, medium bitterness and an overall sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%. While its not my favourite of the Innis & Gunn beers I have had it was a very interesting brew and I am glad I tried it.
Commercial Description: An Imperial Red Ale brewed using extra Pale Ale, Rye Crystal and Crystal Malts with a touch of wheat. A first for Innis & Gunn, the beer was transferred into first fill bourbon casks and then dry hopped with a blend of Ahtanum and Amarillo hops for maturation. The dry hopping imparts an intense and distinctive hop aroma of orange, Turkish delight, dried cherries and lychees.
From Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their “Mad Bruin Sour Brown Ale” the second release in their Birds of Pray series. I have cellared this bottle for just over 4 years. This beer was aged in oak barrels for 16 months. This beer pours a deep redish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherry, oak yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, dark fruits, huge oak notes, tartness, vinegar notes, earth and some alcohol. The tartness seems to have really picked up over the 4 years this beer has been in my cellar. While I liked this beer when it was first released back in 2012 it has aged very well and has upped its game. I am sad this is the last bottle I had of this beer.
Commercial description: This Belgian style, Oud Bruin (Old Brown), was aged in oak barrels for 16 months and then blended with a young ale for a unique profile of delicate malt, acidity and oak ageing. Mad Bruin will continue to develop more complexity with cellaring.