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.
From the new Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta BC comes their very limited “Black Saison” a beer only available at the brewery. The beer pours a black/brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of toasty malts, pepper, yeast, fruits, oaky and some sourness from lactic acid. The flavour of this brew was of roasted malts, dark fruits, pepper, yeast, mild oak and a mild sourness. This beer was a really interesting creation being aged on Hungarian oak with Lactic acid to sour the beer. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. This beer was ridiculously good saison and Four Winds Brewing will not relent on their amazing releases.
From Parallel 49 brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Gose Sour Salty Wheat Ale” a very limited beer only available at the brewery. This beer came about as they had lactic acid bacteria from the Lil Red Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse and the Yeast from the Banana Hammock Hefeweizen which will probably never happen again. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity, tartness from Lactic Acid, salt, coriander and wheat. The flavour is of Tartness from lactic acid, salt, coriander, wheat and a small bite of hops bitterness. The alcohol content is approximately 4.5%. This beer has been bottle conditioned to bring on the proper flavours that the style requires. If you are lucky there may still be a bottle of two left at the brewery to sample!