From Trinity Brew in Colorado Springs, Colorado comes their “Mad Ear, Naked Bière de Garde” a saison aged on Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with lots of floaters and a tan head. The aroma consists of yeast, brett, pepper, earth and some citrus. The flavour is of saison yeast, brett, pepper, earth, citrus, citrus rind, resin and some sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.1% with an IBU of 35. Not the best Bière de Garde or Saison that I have had but this was a very enjoyable beer and I look forward to trying more from the brewery.
Commercial Description: Grist: Barley, Oats +Rye, 35 IBUs of Styrian + Saaz, Mad Extended Boil for Mad Red Color, No Spices, Free-Rise Fermentation with Proprietary Yeast, Pair with Truffled Foie Gras, Cassoulet, Rosemary Lamb
From Funkwerks in Fort Collins Colorado comes their “Ten Quadruple Ale”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a small tan head. The aroma consists of brown sugar, dark fruits but not much else to speak of. The flavour is of brown sugar, treacle, nuts, dark fruits, strawberries and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10%. While it may not hold up to the best of the style from Belgium this is a really tasty beer and I will be purchasing more now that it is available in Canada.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the Dark Strong beers of Belgium, this full-bodied Quadruple Belgian-style ale pours with a deep burgundy hue and a frothy tan head. The malt-forward aromas of toffee and chocolate compliment the dark fruity aromas of raisins and plums. The aromatic qualities follow through in the flavor and combine with refreshing effervescent carbonation. A dry and balanced finish makes this strong but quaffable beer the perfect way to end a long day! Notes of toffee, chocolate, raisins and plums.
From Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery comes their “Ten Fidy Imperial Stout” a Russian Imperial Stout. This stout pours like engine oil with a brown head. The aroma is of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. The flavour consists of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, hops bitterness and alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 98. I will have to agree with other reviews I have seen that proclaim this beer world class! This is an amazing Russian Imperial Stout and it comes in a can to boot! I will be bringing this beer on my next backpacking trip if it is still available in town!
Commercial Description: This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.
Food pairing as per the brewery: Salted chocolate truffle, chilli creole, muscles, oysters, sausage, seafood
From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Le Terroir 2013 (Dry Hopped Sour Ale)”. The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, malts apples, and a mild tartness. The flavour is of a tart sourness, sweetness, apples and a hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. This is an amazing sour ale and I am happy that for the first time a lips of faith series beer is available in BC!
Commercial Description: Le Terroir: French, meaning ‘from the terrain, soil, land, ground, earth.’ You may have heard it as a wine term speaking of the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. But beer has it too, especially a New Belgium sour beer, which oozes terroir from the pores of the wooden foeders we age it in. They produce a base beer that’s golden-colored with a soft overripe peach aroma and just the right amount of tart. And after 3 years in the foeders, you can bet it has some nice earthy tones. Round out that fruity base with even more unique fruity hops like Amarillo and citra, and this beer may just have more terroir than your classiest wine. And with the hop burp, compliments of the dry-hopping, Le Terroir is definitely classy!
From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice)” a sour Tripel ale brewed as part of the breweries Lips Of Faith Series. The Tripel pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruit and lots of it including plum, apricot, tart apples, pinapple and some other fruits hiding in behind. The flavour is of tart apples and white wine, plums, apricot, pinapple and again some other fruits burried in behind. The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 10% with and IBU of 5. This fruity concoction is an amazingly smooth and drinkable brew that is not overly sweet at all as it leans to the tart side. It is also amazing how easy it goes down as it has an alcohol content that is so high!
Commercial Description: Hook up a plum with an apricot and they’ll make you a pluot. This sweet hybrid fruit is as refreshing as it is strange, and it’s the perfect starting point for our new Lips of Faith beer. Pluot Ale pours a bright, light golden. The aroma is full of fruit tones and distinct esters from blending the funky brettanomyces and our house Belgian ale yeast. The flavor carries the same weight, adding a spicy, vinous subtlety to stand up against the malt backbone. To build a beer around this worldly fruit is purely Belgian in imagination. Pour some Pluot and enjoy!
Food Pairing as per brewery: Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken, Thick cut pork chops with a spicy Pluot glaze and goat cheese crumbles