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 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.