From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of stone fruits like peach, overall fruity esters, hibiscus and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, hibiscus, citrus rind, yeast, mild spices, low bitterness and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is not your typical saison but it is really well crafted and full of flavour.
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Noctis” a dark lavender hibiscus sour. The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of floral hops, hibiscus, fruits and mild tartness. The flavour is of hibiscus, citrus, stone fruit, flowery and mild sour notes. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 8. This was a very interesting beer. This is a mild sour but would be a great one to try if you are just getting into sours.
Commercial Description: This dark, dry-hopped, kettle soured, lavender, hibiscus hybrid is one of the more intricate beers made here at Torchlight.
From Duncan BC’s Red Arrow Brewing comes their “Threesome Ale” a beer combining Hemp, hibiscus and honey. The beer pours a reddish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, hibiscus, herbal notes and a sweetness. The flavour is of herbal from hops or hemp, hibiscus tea, honey some mild bitterness and a mild sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%. Maybe not amazing but it was an enjoyable mix of flavours to be sure. I wouldn’t hesitate to try it again for sure.
Lips Of Faith Series Collaboration
From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! out of Montreal Quebec comes their “Heavenly Feijoa Tripel” a collaboration ale brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus. A Feijoa is also known as a pineapple guava. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of sweet fruits such as Feijoa and Hibiscus as well as some yeast and some caramel malts. The flavour is of tropical fruits, Feijoa, Hibiscus, apple, champagne and a very mild hops presence. The alcohol content comes in at 9.4%. This is an amazing Tripel and tastes nothing like any other beer you will ever try! These two breweries from across the 49th Parallel brewed up something very special here!
Commercial Description: Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color.
Food Pairing as per the brewery: Moussaka with Bechamel Sauce, Beer Braised Crispy Pulled-Pork Flatbread
From Central City Brewing (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes the ” casked Hibiscus and Cherry White Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy light yellow with a white head. This casked beer was tasted at the Summer Cask Festival 2012 at Central City Brewing in Surrey BC. The beer smells of wheat, cherry and hibiscus and a bit of orange. The flavor of the beer is of sweet cherry, hibiscus and orange plus lots of wheat. This would probably be a good beer to look into marketing as a regular seasonal summer wheat ale.