Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit – Breakside Brewery


From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat.  The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25.  While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest.  Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.

Commercial Description:  One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.

Brett Zeste Saison – Microbrasserie Le Castor


From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.

White Rock Beach Beer Company – West Beach Fruit Pale Ale


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The White Rock Beach Beer Company of White Rock, BC has an interesting take on the American Pale Ale style.

A clear dark orange colour with a coarse, parchment coloured head.  Little carbonation is visible, adding to the impression of clarity.

The name is apt, the nose is full or fruit, most of it sweet mixed with grapefruit.  There is a little bit of celery under the fruit balancing the sweet.

The first sip has sweet, sour and bitter.  There is a surprising hint of strawberry against bitter herbs.  The bitter continues further than the strawberries and settles into a more traditional pale ale flavour profile.  The hops are noticeable but not overwhelming.  The malt does not add particular flavour but a balancing sweetness.  The mouthfeel is a touch rough and roudy, rolling across the tongue.