From North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers comes their “Kriek (Cherry Sour)” a barrel aged sour ale. The beer pours a light pink colour with a very small head. The aroma consists of cherries, tartness and lots of sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, lacto tartness with a fairly dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 2. This is not a perfect Kriek as it does not have a ton of depth but it is still well worth trying out.
Commercial Description: Barrel fermented wild ale aged on cherries. This lambic style sour was fermented and aged in barrel with our house blend of wild yeasts and bacteria. It was then aged for six months on tart cherries. A tart, refreshing profile with a pleasant acidity and a juicy finish. Enjoy now or cellar for later consumption.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “Cherry Sour”. The beer pours a very light pink colour with a white head. The aroma is fairly mild but has signs of cherries and tartness and possibly a hint of malt. The flavour is a bit understated but is of cherries, tartness, some bready malts and some lemon. The finish is really dry with alcohol content of 7% with an IBU of 10. This beer drinks like a session ale but has a higher alcohol content so you need to be careful of this beer. It is a great intro beer to sour beers though as it does not have a huge sourness to it.
Commercial Description: A kettle soured ale fermented on tart red cherries. This light bodied beer has fruity aromas with a subtle blend of sweet and tart flavours. Show restraint and responsibility, this is a strong ale.Unfiltered, vegan friendly, and naturally carbonated.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their 3rd Anniversary (2012-2015) beer the “Lil’ RedEMPTION” cherry sour. The brewery did a cherry berliner weisse called Lil’ Red in 2013 that did not turn out and this is their response to that beer. This brew has been aged in wine barrels for 2 years and then blended with cherries for 3 months. When I cracked the bottle open and turned my head it exploded in a non stop head (She is a lively one). Once the beer stopped gushing I poured it and found it to be a deep cloudy brownish orange colour with a tan head and lots of sediment. The aroma consists of huge cherries, mild funk, oak, mild wine and a big sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, acidity, vinegar, oak, red wine, sweetness and some earthiness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 7. Once the surprise of the explosive head was finished I really enjoyed this beer. There was a ton of depth to it and it did redeem the brewery for sure! Happy late 3rd anniversary!
Commercial Description: Aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels with wild yeast and sour bacteria for 2 years and then blended with sour cherries for 3 months. Big notes of cherries, vanilla and cinnamon. Tart, refreshing and full of fruit flavour.