From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their newest core beer in the “Brune” a Belgian abbey dubbel. The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of figs, mild bananas and brown sugar. The flavour is of figs, toffee, brown sugar, mild bitterness and a hint of bananas. Even with an alcohol content of 7.5% this beer does not have much of an alcohol note to it. I don’t know very many Brune that are made in Canada and this one is great. I am glad that this has become one of their standard beers!
Commercial Description: Combining the mission figs once grown by Franciscan monks on this continent with the yeast used by Trappist monks in Europe, Dageraad Brune is our take on a classic Belgian abbey dubbel. Dageraad Brune is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Portland Oregon’s Cascade Brewing comes their “Figaro (2013 Project)” a Northwest Style Sour Ale. This beer was aged in Oak Barrels with White Figs and lemon Peel. This beer was my very first Cascade Brewing bottle that I was able to purchase in Canada! The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness, lemon, lemon peel and maybe some figs. The flavour is of big tartness with lots of lactic acid, lemon, lemon peel, fig and really quite fruity and sweetness. This batch of the beer comes in at 10.7% alcohol. This is an amazing sour ale although drinking a full 750ml bottle gives me some crazy heart burn. Next time I will have to just share a bottle (any takers?).
Commercial Description: Strong blond beers were aged in fresh Chardonnay barrels for three months and then additionally aged with dried Adriatic white figs and Spanish lemon peel. Aromas of sweet malts, figs, raisins and citrus zest greet you in the nose. Hints of Chardonnay grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to crisp lemon sharpness in the finish that will leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
The “Westvleteren XII” trappist beer is brewed at the Brouwerij Westvleteren brewery in the The abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren in Belgium. This beer is often rated as one of the best beer in the world including a perfect 100 score on both ratebeer.com and beeradvocate.com. As a rule this beer is only available at the Monestary in Belgium and is sold under strict guidelines including that you may not resell the beer or buy more than a certain amount per month. Due to a very expensive renovation though people from around the world have been able to get their hands on this very special limited edition 6 pack box set that includes 2 gold-rimmed branded glasses. This is a very limited release that cost anywhere from $67 to $90 in both Canada and the United States. The beer pours a brown colour with an off white head. The aroma of this beer is full off all kinds of fruit including apples and figs among all types as well as a distinctly Belgian yeast strain. The flavour of this trappist brew is not as full as the aroma but consists of lots of dark fruits as well as apple, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. This beer is both sweet and tart at the same time which is quite interesting. I would not say this is at the top of the list for beers I like to drink but it is very nice. The scarcity of this beer does make it that much more interesting to drink though. I will cellar some of the bottles of this set for sure and see how it ages. The alcohol content of this brew is 10.2%. These Monks sure know how to brew beer!
From Scotland’s Orkney Brewery comes their “Dark Island” Ale. The beer pours a dark ruby colour with a tan coloured head. The aroma of this beer is quite nice with roasted malts, chocolate, figs, fruit and toffee on the nose. The flavour of this beer is quite nice with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, figs, dates, dried fruit and an aftertaste of hops bitterness. The brew has an alcohol content on the low side at 4.6% and an IBU of 50. This beer was very smooth and had a very pleasing flavour.
Chocolate malt, crystal malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied, maltiness and sweetness; First Gold and Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the winter fruits and dried fruits aspects
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Cedar plank salmon, Pheasant stew