From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Kriek” a Lambic Style Ale. The beer pours a red colour with a white head. The aroma consists of cherries, berries, tart funk, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of with a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one great beer and possibly my favourite of the Fellowship so far.
Commercial Description: With the Holiday season just around the corner, we are excited to announce that today the third beer in this year’s Fellowship will be ready for pick up! The beer, a Kriek-inspired ale aged in oak barrels with Okanagan cherries is a style we have always adored and this is, we feel, an homage to a tradition that has inspired us for years. Kriek is the Flemish word for a Lambic beer made with cherries, and Lambic is a class of sour beer made using spontaneous fermentation. Just as Champagne comes from a particular region of France, Lambic comes from the Pajottenland, a valley that runs from Brussels to the South West. Because Clark Drive is not in the Pajottenland, we classify this beer “Lambic-style” in respect of a centuries-old tradition. In our opinion these are some of the coolest beers in there world. If you are familiar with the style, you will notice that our Kriek is a touch more sour than those examples from Belgian lambic producers Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. When opening the bottle, you will be hit with aromas of vanilla, oak, and sweet cherries. The cherries we used impart a juicy fruit character, a touch of sweetness and cinnamon. Just as with the Little Red One, we recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperature rather than cold from the fridge.
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Cherry IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, cherry and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, earth, cherries, sweetness and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.3%. I was surprised this was a Black IPA as it didn’t say it on the can but I enjoyed this one for sure.
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 Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Dark Cherry Sour Saison”. This beer comes from the lot BR4. The beer pours a very cloudy reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, tartness, oak and some tannins. The flavour is of oak, red wine tannins, cherry, malts, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This is not a perfect Sour Saison but I would not hesitate to purchase more bottles if I was back in Kelowna. It was definitely a tasty one.
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!