Dark Cherry Sour Saison – Kettle River Brewing Co


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.

 

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Dark Tart Farmhouse Ale – Trading Post Brewing


From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Dark Tart Farmhouse Ale” a beer that is a blend of half a batch of and dark saison and a half batch of unhopped saison with brett and lacto.  The beer poured a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of mild tartness and a sour cherry, plum, sweetness and some spice.  The flavour is of mild tartness, dark cherries, plum, lots of dark fruits, some spice and some bitterness to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20.  This is an odd beer in some ways but it is a very refreshing take on a wild saison and I would drink this any time.

Commercial Description:  Light tartness and rich cherry, plum, and spice flavours come together to create a complex and rustic take on the farmhouse ale. This ale is made by blending two separate beers together in order to establish a balance between the flavours of tart cherry and spiced plum. The final product is a rich mahogany farmhouse ale that provides warm and fruit for the approaching autumn.

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En Rouge (Barley Wine) – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, oak, dark cherry, red wine, roasted malts and some leather.  The flavour is of dark cherries, dark fruits, plum, red wine, oak, caramel, roasted malts, leather and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15.  This Barley Wine tastes great with nice notes of red wine that do not overpower the essence of what a barley wine is.

Check out the En Blanc Barley Wine aged in Chardonnay Barrels.

Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”

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Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale – Mission Springs Brewing


From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Cherry Bomb Belgian Pale Ale”.  This pale ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.  The aroma consists of caramel malts, cherries and some floral aspects at the finish.  The flavour is of caramel malts with a mix of dark and sour cherries, tartness and some hops bitterness to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 28.  The brew has just enough cherries in it to add a very interesting flavour to the beer without being overpowering.  Kevin has really hit the mark with this one.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales of Belgium, this unique and delicious pale ale uses imported malts and classic “Saison” influence and is fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries. Exceptionally Sessionable!   Not only is it fruity & spicy, but it’s thirst quenching and pairs well with hearty food — once a delight for the hard-working farmer!  Cherry Bomb can be described easily by saying it is “fermented with just the right amount of dark and sour cherries!

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