From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Roggenbier” a German style Red Rye Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, bready malts, grain, fruity esters with some pronounced citrus. The flavour is of rye spice, bread, grain, citrus, citrus rind, fruity esters, yeast, herbal hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol contnet comes in at 5% with an IBU of 28. I have not had a ton of beers in this style but I can say that I quite enjoyed this one.
Commercial Description: A medium bodied German Rye Red Ale. This beer puts the rye malt forward, showcasing the delicate spicyness of the grain, with hints of caramel and roasted barley and perfectly balanced with a delicate herbal hops finish.
Located in Bend Oregon is a brewery that plays it just a little different. This brewery is called “The Ale Apothecary” and its motto is “Vintage-batch, barrel by barrel. Cottage instead of factory. Flavor before efficiency. Love prior to spreadsheets.” The beer isn’t cheap and it is just as hard to find as it is expensive but if you get lucky like we did in BC with a small number of boxes landing in our stores you are in for a treat! My first foray into their beers was their flagship beer called the “Sahalie” a mixed fermentation ale. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a very fizzy champagne like carbonation and a white head. The aroma consists of fruity esters, some funkiness and spices. The flavour was of a funky sour up front with fruity esters, citrus, citrus rind, grapes, apples, oak with a sweet tart finish. The flavour is not hugely sour or tart but is very well balanced. The alcohol content varies from batch to batch from 9-11% alcohol and this bottle came in at 10.11%. The crazy part about this beer is that you do not notice an ounce of this alcohol in the beer. It does not have a warming effect or an alcoholic flavour. This is an extremely well crafted mild sour ale.
Commercial Description: SAHALIE is the flagship brand of The Ale Apothecary, brewed year-round of malted barley & wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. Hop bitterness and acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture provide the balance to the malt and oak structure of the beer. She spends up to 1 year in our oak barrels during a long, relaxed fermentation prior to a month-long dry-hopping (yes, in oak barrels!). Our sensory experience is a tropical & citrus fruit nose of apricots, pineapple, and orange produced from yeast esters and hop oils. The palate is tart and pithy, combining earthy and herbal undertones that evolve as the beer warms & opens up within your glass.